Decorating Moroccan style is a celebration of colors, intricate paterns and sophisticated designs.
Being at the crossroads between North Africa and South Europe, between East and West, Morocco has a rich history and culture.
With Moorish influences, Andalusian, African, Corsican, Portuguese and Mediterranean, Moroccan interiors are no exception.
Morocco has one of the richest architectural heritage in North Africa: with its inner coutyards, and plaster facades covered with ceramic and ornated wood.
Achieve the Moroccan Look
Decorating Moroccan Style – Elements of Design
- The traditional Moroccan house, called “dar” has an inner courtyard and most of the times small or no windows on the exterior walls. The whole focus is inward, allowing for privacy. This design element is specific for the Islamic houses.The hub of the house is the courtyard – the “riad” – and all rooms open in this interior garden, with its trees, a central fountain and an infusion of scents.
The exterior walls to the courtyard and interior ones in each room are covered with ceramic tiles and sculpted plaster.
- Heavily decorated surfaces are “a must” in the Moroccan house. External walls are whitewashed a dazzling white or covered in cob in some parts of Morocco.This exterior austere look is compensated with the rich inside decorated walls. A variety of materials are used: wood, plaster, tiles, all in bright colors.
The plaster applied on the walls, called “tadelakte”, has a luxurious look; similar to Italian “stucco”, is made of sand and quicklime and polished by stone and black soap.
- Mosaic tiles – called “zelliges” adorn the lower art of the walls and sometimes the floors. The motifs used in zelliges are always geometrical and abstract. They are of complex composition that srats from a central star-shape or floral interlacing.
- Sculpted plaster is often used around the doors and windows. Windows are ornated with laticce work to ensure ventilation, and traditional doors are carved.
Accents for Moroccan Style Decor
- Decorate your kitchen with moroccan earthware. Tagines are the traditional kitchenware. They are a round and shallow glazed earthware with a coned lid so the steam won’t escape, keeping the food moist. Its design makes it a very practical and fit for a modern cook. Display them on open shelves or cupboards, use them to cook or to bring food at the table.
Our pick to get some of the moroccan style:
This Emile Henry Flame Top 2.6 Quart Tagine, Figue made of Burgundy clay,can be used directly on an electric or gas flame without a diffuser, it won’t crack or break. Oven, broiler, microwave and dishwasher safe. 2.6 Quart capacity is perfect for brazing, heat conduction and for slow, natural cooking.
Lighting: traditional for the moroccan lighting are the lanterns, with their unique shapes.
Some moorish style:
A Red Glass Moroccan Lantern will bring the Moroccan glow right into your room. Arrange three or four different height lanterns to get an interesting grouping.
Typical moroccan furniture include small tables beautifully carved from local thuya wood. Most pieces are low and heavy, with marble and iron inserts. Few soft leather Moroccan Pouffes or Hassocks will complete the look.
Get inspired with these:
Blue Hand Painted Wood Table side table By Treasures of Morocco
One way to introduce some element of Moroccan style in your home with soft furnishings, creating interest, like this moroccan camel d ottoman
- Collection displays: for bedroom you can display ornated ironworks or wood as headboards or wall art. Colored glass pieces and wrought iron grills can be used as accents for living room decor.
- For a true Moroccan appearance, plaster your walls in a soft color: a pale orange, white, lavender or light blue.
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