Moroccan Inspired Design Features
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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