by Giorgina Devereaux
Moroccan decor and furniture originates from Hispanic-Moorish influences and has become popular in
parts of France, the United Kingdom, and the United
States of America.
Its popularity stems from its dramatic jewel toned colors, lovely exotic patterns, and
elegant Moroccan fabrics.
This popularity has surfaced because of the
renovations of Riads (traditional Moroccan homes that places emphasis
on an interior garden) in Marrakech.
The beauty about Moroccan home
design is that it draws and blends influences from Africa, Latin
America, and Europe.
of the interesting things about Moroccan home decor is that most of the
items are individually crafted to ensure superior quality.
include handcrafted tables, lamps, quilts, and
rugs, which add a splash
of culture and historical character to the room.
Among the most classic pieces are the various
kinds of hand-woven
rugs known as kilims.
Kilims come in a variety of designs,
are handmade by women from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
However, most kilims come in the traditional black and red Moroccan
colors and can be used as an area rug or as wall décor.
with this lovely rug, incorporate Moroccan style furniture that is
accentuated with bold colors and complex designs.
You can choose from
ottomans, nightstands, tables, chairs, wardrobes, headboards and
chests, which can be heavy wood or wrought iron pieces to include in
The ornate markings on the heavy wood are common and the
metal pieces are stocky.
To get that authentic feel of Moroccan decor,
look for imports such as delicately carved screens and carved furniture
pieces with mother of pearl or brass details and bright colors.
mind that it is challenging to find two designs that are identical
because of the uniqueness of each piece.
Want to add drama?
Select a paint color ranging from cobalt blue to saffron
yellow, bright pink, a rich red or green to give the space decorative appeal.
accessorize your room, consider integrating exotic pieces that complement the
existing colorful furniture and rugs.
Employing prints and paintings, along with
accessorizing with beaded fringes, leather bound books,
decorative pillows, and
plants will enable you to tie all of the elements together thus giving your room
that exotic feel.
For Moroccan bedding, try using spice colors as a way of offsetting or matching
the color scheme. Lastly, add mood lighting by using Moroccan candle lanterns or
lamps, which come in a variety of designs.
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