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Traditional Moroccan Bathroom

Traditional Moroccan Bathroom

Have Your Own Traditional Moroccan Bathroom

A Moroccan style bathroom is high on the list of trends for many homeowners at the moment. With bold colours, creative patterns and elegant wall finishings, it is hard not to fall in love with this latest global trend.

Traditional Moroccan BathroomIf you are looking for inspiration as to how you can decorate your traditional Moroccan bathroom, take a look at these creative ideas:

Exotic Wall Tiles

Moroccan-style tiles are very versatile and come in an array of colours, ranging from subtle to stand-out designs. Tiles can be plain or patterned and can compliment walls and bathroom furniture. Blue tiles are particularly en vogue at the moment, as they create a calm and relaxing atmosphere to any bathroom.

Colourful Floor Tiles

Classic Moroccan floor tiles are simply stunning and will give any room the wow factor. Easy to install and maintain, Moroccan floor tiles are well worth the investment. As floor tiles can be expensive, it is important to spend time looking at different patterns to make sure you truly love the type you choose. Once the floor has been installed you can keep the walls and bathroom furniture as simple as possible so that there are not too many clashing patterns.

Moroccan Plaster

Picturing Moroccan style decorations conjures up images of busy patterns and bright colours, but if you are a minimalist at heart, then you can still achieve an authentic North African vibe. Moroccan plastering, known as Tadelakt, is a form of lime plaster that leaves contrasting textures on walls for an authentic North African look.

Tadelakt can be applied in one thick coat or two coats to create a more traditional texture seen in bathrooms, kitchens and living spaces throughout Moroccan homes. This style of plaster is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and, while slightly more expensive than traditional plastering, is very durable and great value for money.

Lanterns

Traditional Moroccan Bathroom

No traditional Moroccan bathroom is complete with our ornate lanterns that you will be accustomed to seeing in the Riads of Marrakech. If you want a subtle Moroccan influence rather than full on pattern and colour, lanterns offer overtones of North African style without being too overpowering.

Choosing a lantern with a pattern will cast a beautiful image on your bathroom walls and will feel particularly alluring when taking a bath. With this is mind you can also splash out on scented Moroccan candles to help create the ambience that you need after a long day at work.

Mirrors

When it comes to redesigning bathrooms we often think about bathtubs, windows, furniture and storage, but we underestimate the power of mirrors. A cleverly placed mirror can compliment the room and make it look bigger than it is. There are some beautiful Moroccan style mirrors with hints of colour and jewels to make it the centrepiece of the room.

To find out more about how you can have a traditional Moroccan bathroom in your home, contact us at Tadelakt today.

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London tadelaktDistinctive Moroccan Design Features

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.

Structural Elements

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.

Tiles

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.

Textiles

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.

Colours

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.

Furnishings

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.

London TadelaktMetal lamps made from brass or copper can be hung from the ceilings or used as decorative accessories in bathrooms and outside courtyards.

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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. 

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Moroccan Inspired Design Features

Tadelakt PlasteringA rich and colourful history, diverse cultural influences, contrasting landscapes and intricate architecture are just some of the features that make Morocco so fascinating.

Together these features inspire and influence Moroccan design to create a contrasting mix of rich, exotic opulence and natural simplicity that can be used in both contemporary and traditional homes.

Here’s a look at some of the most important elements of Moroccan inspired design.

Shapes

Shapes play an important part in Moroccan architecture and decorative features. Keyhole designs, arches, geometric forms, interwoven trellis work and typical ogee dome shapes can be used to create an authentic Moroccan look around your home.

Tiling

One of the most striking and traditional features of Moroccan design are intricately patterned mosaic tiles known as zillij. These are small tiles, often in bold colours, that are grouped together to form a geometric pattern.

Zillij can be used to create a stunning decorative feature on kitchen splashbacks, shower cubicles or on fireplace surrounds. They make a beautiful contrast to a neutral backdrop of natural colour washed walls finished in tadelakt plaster.

Colours

Moroccan colours ranging from bold and dramatic to neutral and earthy are inspired by nature. Vibrant reds, orange, yellows and browns reflect the desert, the setting sun and the rich colours of culinary spices. Blues, greens and white, often used in mosaic tiling, are inspired by the ocean, the sky and the changing colours of the Atlas Mountains. 

Furniture Combinations

Moroccan inspired furnishings are a combination of ornately carved, dark wood furniture and plush pillows, cushions, poufs and giant floor cushions.

Use luxurious fabrics in curtains and upholstery and heavily woven rugs to add opulence and warmth to the look.

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Accessories

Hints of gold and silver are often used in Moroccan designs, from fabrics, upholstery and bedding, to accessories such as vases, mirror frames and hand painted furniture.

Intricately patterned brass or copper lanterns are also a Moroccan feature that add a romantic touch to bathrooms and living areas.

Courtyards

To replicate a traditional Moroccan riad, create a small courtyard outside. Outer walls can be finished in tadelakt plastering. This beautiful, polished plaster has been used for centuries in Morocco, both indoors and out. The waterproof finish is ideal for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Choose a natural earthy colour to create a seamless flow from inside, out to the courtyard. For an authentic touch, add a water feature, outdoor lanterns, colourful pottery and fragrant plants.

For more information on tadelakt plastering, contact Tadelakt today, or visit us online to see our range of Tadelakt services.

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Traditional Moroccan Architecture

Morocco has a long, colourful and diverse history that has been influenced by different cultures over the centuries.

Saharan, Islamic, African and European cultures mix together to create a beautiful and fascinating culture that is especially reflected in the architecture.

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Vibrant, intricate patterns blend with natural, earthy colours of the desert to create an architectural look that is uniquely Moroccan.

Here’s a look at some of the fascinating buildings that make up the rich history of Moroccan culture.

Mosques

Stunning mosques can be found in every city, town and village in Morocco. Every mosque has an elaborately decorated marble and stucco mirhab indicating the way to Mecca, while fountains and walls are predominantly covered in green and white zellige, intricately designed terra cotta tiles.

One of the finest examples of a Moroccan mosque is the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque found in the ancient, university city of Fez.

Riads

Riads are houses and palaces that were traditionally used by wealthy families as a private residence. They were built around a central courtyard, often featuring a fountain and citrus trees, for private family gatherings and protection from the extreme Moroccan weather.

To preserve the family’s privacy and respect female member’s hijab, windows in surrounding rooms could only open onto the inner courtyard. The decorative features would symbolise the wealth and importance of the family and the walls would be adorned with tadelakt plaster and colourful zellige tiles.

Kasbahs

Kasbahs are a type of medina or fortress that were built to protect the city from attacks. It was also often used as a residence for the local leader. Like riads, kasbahs indicated the amount of wealth a prominent family had in the city. Simple construction materials such as tadelakt were used to protect the occupants from the searing heat and bitter cold extremes of the Moroccan climate.

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Tadelakt

This traditional lime-based plaster has been used in Moroccan buildings for over 2,000 years. The materials were originally sourced from the Atlas Mountains, just north of Marrakesh.

The preparation and application of tadelakt is a long and lengthy process that’s been passed on down through the centuries and is stilled used today by skilled and expert artisans.

Tadelakt means ‘to rub in’. It’s said that to fully appreciate the beauty of the polished finish, ancient artisans needed to caress it. In fact, once you see tadelakt, you’ll feel compelled to touch it, such is its effect.

For more information on our tadelakt services, contact us today or visit our online gallery for beautiful examples of traditional Moroccan plaster.

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Planning A Tadelakt Wet Room

Tadelakt wet rooms are fast becoming a fashionable alternative to a traditional bathroom or shower room. So what exactly is a Tadelakt wet room and why would you want one?

A wet room eliminates the need for a bathtub or an enclosed shower with a screen and tray. Basically it’s a fully open shower. A tadelakt wet room can be created in a range of styles for all budgets, however, you to avoid water spraying everywhere, you’ll need to consider if your bathroom size is feasible.

But by removing the bathtub and shower tray and re-designing your bathroom to maximise space, you may be pleasantly surprised at how spacious it turns out to be.

Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of installing a tadelakt wet room.

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Pros

A wet room is perfect for a stylish, contemporary look. It can also add value to your home. The lack of screens, doors, curtains or shower trays also make it easier to clean.

Cons

Make sure your wet room is large enough to avoid spraying the toilet seat and ending up with wet towels and soggy toilet paper!

A wet room needs professional installation as the entire room needs to be sealed properly so that it’s completely waterproof from the floor to the ceiling.

A tadelakt wet room works well as a second bathroom. If you’re selling your home, many buyers still want a traditional bathroom.

Drainage

A proper drainage system needs to be installed by a professional. A gradient will need to be created so that the water is channeled into the drain. One option is the installation of a sub-floor which can then be plastered over. Another option is installing a ready-made sloping shower tray that can be plastered over to produce a smooth surface that blends seamlessly with the rest of the floor.

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Tadelakt is a natural plaster originating from Morocco and it’s the perfect solution for waterproofing your wet room. Not only does it create a smooth and beautiful finish, there’s also no need for grouting so it’s more hygienic. The lime based plaster is made with a natural soap solution making it very easy to clean without the need for harsh detergents. Tadelakt can be used on the floor, walls and ceiling. It is also used to make stylish and contemporary sinks. Tadelakt comes in a range of beautiful and natural colours to suit all types of styles and decor.

For more ideas and inspiration for using Tadelakt waterproof plaster in your home, contact Tadelakt UK today or visit us online.