Moroccan design is a timeless look that focuses on colour, texture and shapes to add exotic, eastern elegance to any home.
More and more people are drawing on Moroccan influences in their design choices, from desert inspired colours and bold shapes, to a mixture of intricate patterns and minimalist Tadelakt finishes to reflect the traditional looks of ancient riads.
Here are some distinctive Moroccan design features that you can incorporate in your London home decor.
Moroccan architecture is a blend of Berber and Islamic styles that have been influenced by centuries of Arab and European cultures.
U-shapes, domes, arches and wooden beams are distinctive architectural features in Moroccan homes. Outdoors, courtyards are typically adorned with lush plants, terracotta pots and a central water feature.
Geometric patterns and bright colours make up the intricate designs of traditional zillij tiles. They can be used to tile bathrooms, kitchen splashbacks and countertops. Alternatively use them to create a feature wall or on accent pieces such as mirror or picture frames.
Opulence and luxury are defined by rich coloured textiles: from gold threaded silks to sheer drapes.
Rugs are a great way to add warmth and contrasting colours to your rooms. For an authentic Moroccan look, choose woven kilim rugs. Originating from the Balkans and Pakistan, kilim rugs were traditionally used as prayer rugs in Morocco, and they are becoming more popular in Western home decor.
Typical Moroccan colours such as deep reds, vivid greens and blues and earthy, sandy colours are influenced by the natural landscape of the Sahara desert and the Atlas Mountains.
Furniture is a combination of beautifully carved wood and plush, overfilled cushions, ottomans and sofas. The contrasting hard and soft items also create the perfect acoustic balance for modern day surround sound home theatre systems.
For a truly authentic Moroccan look, take your influence from the ancient riads of Marrakech. Interior and exterior walls have been plastered in this natural, polished finish for centuries in North Africa.
Tadelakt is a beautiful, practical and incredibly durable lime based plaster that can be used in kitchens, bathrooms and living areas to create a seamless, elegant and minimalist feature to your walls, ceilings and floors.
For more information on Moroccan decor and our London tadelakt services, contact Tadelakt London today or visit us online to see our range of tadelakt Moroccan plaster ideas.