Home decorating using the colours of Morocco will bring a richness and excitement into any living space. Traditional homes in Morocco are plain on the outside but filled with the most fascinating shapes, designs, textiles and colours on the inside.
Like the Victorian style of room decor, the Moroccans have elaborate furnishings, decorated surfaces and shiny brass or wooden objects covering most tables.
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The key to Moroccan home decor is colour. The walls are painted in warm, intense shades of mustard yellow, terracotta and rust tones. To bring this in line with modern decorating ideas, choose more restrained shades of yellow or terracotta for the wall decor and go for bolder coloured decorative objects.
Choose a rug with warm colours worked in a geometric design and hang it on a wall. Other wall decors could include:
Fabrics for cushions and upholstery reflect spicy African colours, sometimes with touches of shiny metallic gold. Go for tactile fabrics like chenille, silk, brocade or softened canvas. Designs are generally geometric with zigzags, crosses and eight-pointed star shapes. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns as long as they are all in similar colours. Include larger areas of plain colour for balance.
Moroccan homes would usually have shutters at the windows, but here are some decorating ideas that will work well:
Floors are traditionally tiled. These are sometimes large terracotta tiles, but wooden floorboards or neutral carpets covered with patterned rugs will effectively create the Moroccan room decor style.
Moroccan home decor seating is created by long low sofas around the walls, covered in gorgeous cushions and tempting to lounge upon. Small stools and oversized floor cushions could also be used. Add a low coffee table in dark wood. Serve coffee or mint tea in glasses on a brass tray, with a small plate of dates or nuts to complete the look.
Accessories including large wooden bowls, metal plates with a hammered pattern, small woven baskets filled with fruit and tall coloured glass vases would all contribute to the success of this Moroccan decor.