In the last couple of years I have developed a love of all things decorative and expressive or as I would call it, ‘arty’.
I love doing my arts and crafts, scrap booking and scrabble frames. My husband and I also religiously watch all the home renovation and property flipping shows and I’ve started to develop a strong interest in interior design. So lately I have been looking around my house thinking about redecorating but unsure of which path to take.
We have lived here for six years and have added quite a few improvements to the house and put our own stamp on it but seeing as I am home more often than not with the children, I am getting bored with the interior.
I have been doing a lot of googling and Pinterest(ing) for different ideas. I have been looking at all different types of styles.
Creating a home that perfectly fits your style is something that can be a lifelong challenge as our tastes constantly change and evolve. There is so much we’d like to change and purchase to decorate and create a theme, but simply can’t afford everything – and it can sometimes be difficult to even know where to begin.
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If you’re in the process of redecorating your home at the moment, you should definitely consider using some of the Moroccan elements for a more magical style.
If you want a fun and colour-loving design to your home, a splash of patterns and a set of practical ceramics to your kitchen, you’re going to want this style throughout your home. The idea of a Moroccan theme first came to me when we randomly purchased a Moroccan styled dinner set and I loved the patterns and the vibrancy of the colours so I wanted to look into continuing the theme throughout.
I find that it makes it aIot easier to get started on your interior design journey when you have a few elements to lean on. That way, you know what to keep your eyes out for when you’re shopping for new stuff and will always have something that binds the room together.
Here is a handful of excellent ways to include more of this magical style in your living room and home, in general, so get started on filling your home with spicy aromas and teacups filled with strong, sweet tea.
Remember: Moroccan style is a mix
Before we get started on going through the different elements of interior design from Morocco, it’s a good idea to understand the basics behind it first. Think about where the country is, both culturally and geographically as these tend to influence its style.
Nestled between Europe and Africa as well as the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Morocco borrows elements from both sides. Walking through the streets of Marrakech, (not that I have had this privilege!!) it’s easy enough to recognise both the European influence and the Arabic influence in the architecture.
Try to think about the interior design of your home in the same way; the more you’re able to use elements from both sides of the world and mix them together to create something that is uniquely Moroccan, the more authentic the style will be.
The Mediterranean style of arches and domes, for example, is easy to find in Moroccan homes as well – and the Arabic style of ornamental tile work and strong colours are usually found throughout these homes.
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While Mediterranean homes will also use strong colours to a certain degree, they are often warmer and in the shades of the sunset. Arabic homes, on the other hand, might use bright flashes of blue and pink – something you’d hardly find in a regular Greek kitchen.
There is a lot more to it, of course, so have a look around the web for even more clues on how to mix these cultures together.
First: Set the chairs low to the ground
Let’s get started on the real interior design stuff then, shall we? A Moroccan home will be the gathering point for all your friends and family as they drop by for tea and coffee throughout the day.
The lounge room is very important to style to reflect the culture – and the tables and chairs should therefore be set low to the ground in order to appear as inviting as possible.
Hanging out together and chatting is not a fancy affair but rather something that is done casually every day; your living room needs to reflect this and make the social interactions the center point.
This doesn’t mean that the furniture should look too casual, though, as it is, in fact, quite the opposite; it should be made of sophisticated wrought iron scrollwork, mother or pearl, highly hued upholstery, and ornately sculpted wood. The more you look at the furniture, the more details it tends to reveal – kind of like the Arabic fashion, in general.
Use decorative fabrics and heavily patterned tiles
After you’ve spent some time considering your furniture, you should try to think about how you can make the fabrics and the surfaces of your home more authentically Moroccan.
Remember that the more details you’re able to work into it, the better it will look – and you should be able to make your doors and roller doors work with the design as well to make it more authentic. That way, the outside of your home will reflect a part of its inside as well.
A Moroccan home is a comfortable and colour-loving home, where everyone is welcomed. Fill your bedroom as well as your living room with pillows and fabrics in abundant colours, use some luxurious materials for your furnishing, and cover your floors with plush carpets.
If you really want to go all out with your decorating, you may want to consider using ceramic tiles for your floor coverings as well as for your kitchen in order to not only make it appear more in line with the style but also to keep your home cooler during the warm months. A Moroccan home, is after all, functional as well as beautiful.
Remember the lighting
Finally, you won’t be able to achieve the style you’re after unless you give some proper thought to the light fixtures in your home. It is an important part of this type of interior design and something will certainly seem like it’s missing if you don’t have the right kind of fixtures.
A Moroccan-style home will make use of coloured glass for the light fixtures as well as cut metal and carved wood. Try to get a hold of many smaller light fixtures in coloured glass and fill them with candles to intensify the magical feeling in the room.
The flickering light from the candle will work perfectly together with the other elements and complement the decorations.
Now all you need is to cook up a few delicious Moroccan dishes and invite all your friends and family members over for tea.
Definitely food for thought 🙂