Get that Moroccan vibe with low level seating, piles of cushions and ornate decorative touches that invite you to sit back, lay back and relax. Moroccan décors are all about creating luxurious spaces you want to spend time in, that indulge all the senses with an abundance of texture, colour and fragrance.
Whether it's a house plant with sloping leaves to shade beneath or a deep turquoise rug, fake the exotic feeling of a courtyard and pepper your room with a palette of vivid aqua hues and big leaf palms.
Mixing in traditional touches will bring the desert feel into your design. Key to this look are jute rugs, raw edges and lots of stoneware which will make your space look authentic.
Colour, colour, colour
Don't forget colour. Traditional Moroccan interior design focuses a lot on colour and print, clashing patterns and playing with gradient hues of bright shades like pink, orange and blue. Start with cushions if you're playing it safe, and work your way up to the walls if you're feeling brave.
It's all about the lighting. To set the mood and recreate that heady ambience you'd find along the winding streets in the Medina of Casablanca, you'll need cut-work lanterns and pendants that throw shapes of light across your room. Arrange in a series for a more modern approach.
When you think Morocco you usually think of beautiful patterned tiles, bursting with vivid shades. Zellige, the name given to these traditional enamel-covered terracotta tiles, is considered an art in Northern Africa, made using tiny pieces to create a mosaic tile. Bathroom, splash-back, hallway floor - wherever you like, just choose your favourite pattern and get tiling.
Stone & cement
Sandblasted walls are a popular feature of Moroccan interior design, but if you've just wallpapered the living room introduce stone with your accessories instead. Stone topped side tables and concrete vases will all bring that sense of Middle East minimalism you're trying to achieve.
Moroccan décor is often steeped in gothic qualities, whether it's in the coving or the lights. Moody shades of black and dark mahogany complement the shapes of light from low-slung glass lanterns to create a dreamy aura.
[Image credits: Architectural Digest; Archzine; Blog Lovin'; Booking.com; Deavita; Design Dose; In The Mood For Design; Julie Lauren; Missguided]
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