The interior design that originates in Morocco is heavily influenced by its diversity and rich cultural history. My trip to Morocco last year I was able to see first hand the stunning and alluring architecture that so clearly echoes through its interior design style. Surrounded by vibrant colours, intricate carvings and exquisite furnishings it was hard not to fall in love.
Much of what can be described as Moroccan interior design has its origins in Moorish architecture. Some of the most common characteristics of Moorish architecture include:
A Riad – An elaborate carved skylights that is open to the air
Muqarans – A common and intricate type of decoration, which can be made from brick, stone, stucco, or wood.
Archways – Used in almost every aspect of Moroccan housing whether it is doors, entrances, windows or niches.
All these Moroccan architectural elements are amazing but somewhat unrealistic to incorporate in houses back home so here a few ideas to get that touch of Moroccan Inspired design into your life without breaking the bank and having to completely change the architectural foundation of your house.
Typically neutral in colour and embellished with hundreds of mirrored sequins, the blankets can be used as bedcovers, wall hangings or rugs to add sparkle to any room. The texture and the sequins provide a great touch of glitz and glam if your rooms are looking a little dull.
Intricate tile work is a hallmark feature of Moroccan design, found everywhere from floors to walls to tabletops. Traditional Moroccan tiling has numerous small tiles grouped together to form vibrant geometric patterns. If you prefer a more modern look go for larger patterned tiles inspired by Moroccan mosaics, which can still achieve a similar look. Mosaic tiles can look great as a splash back or a decorative wall feature in bathroom. Don’t be afraid to continue the tiles out into your outdoor space. Vivid greens and blue colours will act as a great backdrop to any greenery.
Create a Moroccan-style look by in your own courtyard by using terracotta tiles, wire chairs and tiled table. Mosaic tiles on the wall can compliment the design, together with raised beds of arum, phormium, fatsia and grasses.
Typically hand embroidered and available in a variety of colours and styles, Moroccan leather ottomans, or poufs, are an ideal addition to a comfortable, casual seating area.
Bold Geometric Prints
Bold, geometric prints inspired by traditional Moroccan motifs are great designs on pillows, rugs and upholstered pieces of furniture. Try pairing a chic, contemporary sofa with patterned throw pillows in vivid colours. The designs and stunning colours will add a great contrast in the room, which is so common in Moroccan-inspired designs.
Intricately carved and hand-painted in elaborate motifs, Morocco’s distinctive furniture is known for its unparalleled artisanship and attention to detail. Browse import stores for an authentic Moroccan chest, table or armoire to instantly add character to your home.
By adding some Moroccan flair to your surroundings you can really transform your home to a dreamland that you have always imagined. Make sure to involve the use of rich fabrics, intricate furnishings, artwork and tiles to create your own exotically unique style.