Brilliant colors and luxurious fabrics are a feast for the eyes in Moroccan furnishings. Moroccan style has roots in a variety of influences, such as stunning Moroccan architecture and landscape as well as the diverse religious and cultural flavors of the region. This trend is flourishing and will continue into 2019.
What is Moroccan Style?
Morocco lies in North Africa and shares borders with Spain and Western Sahara. It abuts both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea to the east and west, and its aesthetics share Arabian, Berber and European roots. Due to this eclectic nature, Moroccan style is often viewed as Bohemian. In actuality, Moroccan style is an elegant blend of the influences in the region.
Among the most iconic products of the region, handwoven rugs reflect this rich history.
“The bold contrasting yarns incorporate the traditional tribal colors with a deep pile, which blends into any décor from modern to traditional. An authentic Berber rug tells the true story of Morocco and its people and is woven with history and passion,” according to the Marrakesh Gardens website, which sells a variety of Moroccan furnishings.
Moroccan interior design showcases a range of vivid patterns and textures. Influenced partially by nature, Moroccan homes run the gamut of colorful to subdued.
How to Achieve This Classic Style with a Modern Twist
To incorporate vintage Moroccan influences at home, modern decorators layer in colors one by one and slowly add complementary patterns and textures. It’s important to let the aesthetic of the house or apartment dictate the combinations that fit best.
Color is central to Moroccan decorating and draws its inspirations from the deep blues and greens of the sea to the saturated intensity of the desert. A combination of blues, reds, golds and purples capture this look. For contrast, these colors pop against neutral backgrounds and add a luxe feel to any space.
Prominent and intricate patterns add visual interest. Interwoven, tessellating shapes are reflected in Morrocan architecture. When presented in warm North African colors, these patterns add movement and dimension to a dull space. For greater visual impact, patterns should be mixed and matched to create a diverse but cohesive schema.
Finally, a variety of textures define Moroccan-inspired interiors. Drapes and canopies soften a room while silver metal lanterns provide romantic lighting. Plush seating close to the ground and ornate details create an inviting space to relax, punctuated with exotic rugs.
If you’re upgrading the kitchen or bathroom, consider the timeless beauty of on-trend Moroccan tiles as backsplashes and wall coverings.
These elements meld together to create depth in a gorgeously luxurious, welcoming space.