Add A Worldly Touch of Moroccan Style

by Rachel Laurendeau on June 9, 2012

Moroccan style has influenced decorating style for the past several years and continues to be on trend. Morocco is famous for its handmade items like beautifully painted tiles, leather goods, silver lanterns, carved woodwork, pottery and hand-woven rugs. When I visited Morocco a few years ago, I was so overwhelmed by the beautiful furnishings that I could barely contain myself. If I had done all the shopping I’d wanted, I would have had to rent a shipping container to get everything back home!

When it comes to decorating with Moroccan influence, you don’t have to go over the top with it and theme the entire room. A few elements will suffice to bring in a warm, sophisticated and well-traveled sense of style to your space.

Color – Morocco borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and, it is also known for its flowing desert. No wonder the color palette associated with Moroccan style is warm earth tones and cool water tones. Rich and vibrant blue, red and saffron yellow are common. Intricate patterns and texture are also a fundamental to Moroccan design.

Rugs– hand-woven Moroccan rugs are a great way to bring color, pattern and warmth into your room. They are typically woven of spun wool, hand-dyed and reflect authentic indigenous patterns and traditional colors. Moroccan rugs can also be hung on the wall as a tapestry instead of painting your entire room to reflect the colors of North Africa.

Light fixtures/lanterns – Moroccan lamps and lanterns are unique, beautiful and can add exquisite detail to your design. They range from ironwork to precious metals and are intricately carved; they often include colored glass. There are also lanterns made of brightly dyed leather that offer a distinctive flair.

Poufs – Moroccan poufs are handmade of leather and are a popular and versatile home accessory for any room. A pouf can double as a footstool, end table, extra seating and even storage. They are becoming increasingly popular in children’s rooms and their scale fits particularly well into small spaces.

All you need to do to add some Moroccan flair to your room is include a classic area rug, some throw pillows and a large lantern. Or, have your painter do your walls in a typical shade of Moroccan blue or spicy red as a backdrop for ornately patterned textiles and soft furnishings like bolsters and piles of embroidered pillows. Also, make sure there are potted plants in your space since plants play an important role in Moroccan home decor. Exotic, lush, green plants reminiscent of a desert oasis are best.

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