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Moroccan style can be bold, colorful and exciting–taking its cues from the surrounding landscape of North Africa. Its influences are very wide-ranging from Arabic, Spanish, French to Moorish all giving Moroccan design its very unique and striking look. Long on coastal seas, backed into desert and baked under relentless sun, this exotic style takes inspiration from the colors that their geography provides. Ochre mountain ranges, silvery moonlit desert-scape and golden sands make way for hot, vibrant oranges and reds that are refreshed by deep blues and sparkling greens of the sea. Traditionally, the decor is very ornate with intricate patterns and bright, rich colors. Modern interpretations of this style are simpler, with large scale patterns and current colors trends.
A Moroccan style is quite a rustic look, so your first thought for your walls should be the texture. Moroccan walls are quite rough in texture. To get an authentic look, go for your own texture or weathered finish on the walls. If you don’t want to re-plaster your walls with a textured finish, try a paint effect like suede, faux-finish paint, a color wash, or mix a little builder’s sand in with your paint to get a really textured look. These will all just take the smoothness of your modern walls and help you get a more ethnic and Moroccan style.
To achieve the best authentic feel, lots of layers of fabrics and textile patterns are needed all around the room. If you consider yourself a minimalist, then Moroccan style is not for you; although you can definitely take some inspiration from them and use huge graphic motifs. Handmade tiles are a very important design feature. The various colors and designs are not only used for the floors, but for walls or furniture elements, such as tabletops. When considering the furniture, nothing too sophisticated and fancy must be used. Simple, rustic style furniture made of dark wood featuring iron decorations will always be the most adequate choice. Carved wood and wrought iron decoration will look nice, though, and add to the Moroccan feel.
A modern take on Moroccan furniture is the pouf, similar to an ottoman. When it comes to accessorizing, it is all about a few key pieces. All you need to create beauty and interest is a throw rug, some toss pillows, a lantern and a side table. What’s great about this exotic look is it is considered timeless;; Moroccan styles have always been popular and in style.
Accessories complete and add style to any room. They are the intricate details that add visual interest, warmth, texture, color, and dimension to any space; and are often times the little details that make such a big impact. The function and purpose of accessories are to polish your design, pull your room together and tie in elements of your “new” space. Think of accessories as the jewelry of your design. Just as accessories complete and jazz up a look in the fashion world, they do the same in the interior design industry as well. A design is never complete without accessories.
When accessorizing your home, think in terms of creating vignettes all around your space. Each vignette is a new opportunity to introduce a grouping of accessories to add the finishing touches to your spaces. Make sure that the vignettes in each room relate back to each other and support your overall design. What’s a vignette? The easiest way to visualize a vignette is by thinking of designer showrooms. Showrooms are made of many different groupings of vignettes to display their furniture and accessories.
Depending on the space plan and furniture layouts of your rooms you have groupings of furniture that need to be polished off with accessories. In your living and family rooms, your coffee and end tables, console tables, bookshelves, as well as the fireplace mantel and hearth, are a few examples of places that could be jazzed up with accessories. In your bedroom, a few key pieces on your dresser and nightstands can create a more intimate feeling to your design. Let’s not forget walls, they are the biggest blank canvases we have in our spaces and are often times overlooked and neglected.
Now, I bet you’re wondering where you go from here? Let’s begin with a few guidelines for accessorizing your spaces. Then, we’ll show you how you can accessorize for your specific design style.