Our design guru, Shaynna Blaze, shares her top tips for creating a Moroccan-themed look in your home.
Trends move quickly and when decorating specifically to keep up with trends it can not only be exhausting but when you are talking renovating interiors, it can be costly.
Decorating with a certain period or style that is less likely to date steers your home away from being a victim of trends and lets you take your time in creating a scheme and look that allows you to also inject your own sense of style.
One period of interior that is quite on trend at the moment is Moroccan, but as we all know it has been around for centuries.
Using Morocco as your influence is all about earthy tones that become a base for strong accents of colour and layers of patterns and textures. The rules of matching colours, balancing patterns and fabrics goes right out the window when using this style so you will very rarely see two interiors the same. Perfect for creating that truly unique look.
Like any decorating style, no matter how individual it is there are usually some key elements and pieces that define the look.
Moroccan is not about playing it safe and floor and wall tiles make a definite statement. You can use whole areas such as the lounge, kitchen and dining in a dramatic pattern that becomes the feature to build the look around.
We tend to use floorboards as a broad flooring feature which creates subtle texture changes so doing a dramatic tile is all about confidence. Tiles are used not only for its dramatic colours but also for it cooling qualities in the searing Moroccan heat, so it is the perfect choice in humid tropical climates.
There are many choices of rugs with subtle patterns, dramatic patterns and bold colours. They are not just confined to the floor, but are used just as heavily for wall décor and thin rugs can be used as a bed comforter. Certain patterns have a meaning to them for traditions and celebrations such as the wedding rug.
Ottomans and Cushions
The casual, lounging feel is what this style is all about. Large floor cushions, small couch cushions and bold ottomans used as decoration as much as to rest your feet. Texture is just as important as the mix of colour and patterns so select fabrics with raised embroidery.
Moroccan is not about matching your side tables and lamps but making statements, freeing up your ideals of perfection and experimenting with colour all the way from earthy tones right up to bold turquoise and engaging yellows. Start off small with a small vignette in a hallway as you try the style out and as your confidence grows then take it further through the house.
All images excerpted from MARRAKESH BY DESIGN by Maryam Montague (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2012. Photographs by Maryam Montague.
For more Morroccan inspiration, visit Maryam Montague at her blog My Marrakesh - A Place for Lifestyle and Design
Excerpted from MARRAKESH BY DESIGN by Maryam Montague (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2012. Photographs by Maryam Montague.