Creating A Moroccan Bathroom
When it comes to home design in the UK, French farmhouse, Tuscan villa and New England influences are very popular. However, for the bathroom, Morocco offers a blend of ethnic tradition and contemporary designs to create a luxurious, restful oasis filled with colour and light.
Moroccan design is essentially a mixture of North African, Arab and Mediterranean influences with an emphasis on colours, textures and shapes. When it comes to designing your Moroccan bathroom, your choices are limitless; it can be as elaborate or as simplistic as you wish.
Here are some ideas for creating a beautiful Moroccan bathroom.
Using a combination of vibrant and natural, earthy colours. Traditional Moroccan bathroom colours exude warmth and richness that reflect the dessert such as orange, red, yellow and rusty browns. These colours are often used in Moroccan building materials such as wall washes with hints of yellow and orange. If you like warm colours, search your spice rack for inspiration. Turmeric, cinnamon and ginger will give you an idea of ideal colour solutions.
Mosaics painted in bright, vivid colours can be used for wall and unit tiles. The intricate and complex shapes and patterns are perfect for decorating your bathroom and balance well with neutral colour washes and textures.
Ethnic lantern-styled wall lights look elegant, or opt for a central chandelier for a truly opulent look for your Moroccan bathroom. Simple down lighters help to illuminate the colour and texture of the ceiling and walls. Install dimmer switches to set the mood.
Arches and curves are prominent features of Moroccan bathroom architecture. If you can’t incorporate them in the bathroom structure, use them in mirror frames, furniture and the units. Curved steps leading up to an alcoved bath and vessel sinks work particularly well in this style of Moroccan bathroom.
Use pottery, candle lanterns and rose petal-filled bowls as decoration. Incorporate hints of gold in furnishings and blinds for a touch of luxury. If you have the space, finish the look with an over-stuffed ottoman covered in a rich-coloured fabric.
For an authentic, ethnic look, cover the walls in Tadelakt; a traditional Moroccan plaster that creates a smooth, seamless and waterproof finish. Choose from a range of natural, earthy colours to complement your fixtures and furnishings to create a feeling of light, space and warmth.