The Verbena Room at Riad El Mansour

The Verbena Room at Riad El Mansour is decorated in green and gold incorporating a three-sided fireplace that divides the sleeping, and living areas. It has a flat screen television, and is furnished with hand-crafted Thuya wood inlaid with lemon and ebony. 

Throughout history the North African nation has embraced a wide range of cultures and civilizations through time, from Arabs, Romans and the Spanish who have made it their home. It is no wonder that African design, decor and architecture is so vibrant, rich and varied in style.

Filled with bright colors, intricate geometric patterns, wooden furniture, carved ottomans, the African lifestyle embraces the bold and the extravagant.

In the west, we feature interiors from North America, and Europe, but rarely report on the African cultures which are just as sophisticated and distinctive.

Interior designer Audrey  Drought-Mitchell of Audrey  Drought Design Inc. completed a project with a Moroccan theme and  suggests that if the theme is done tastefully, the style can stand the test of  time.

It’s an unusual and unexpected look, but also it can be done at a reasonable price point,” Drought says. “With that being said, a little goes a long way. You don’t want overkill.

How To Pull Off This Look For Your Home

– Work With Small Geometrical Patterned Tiles – Small colorful tiles and mosaic tile designs decorate many African interiors. Mosaic tiles can be used to dress up coffee table tops, bathroom sinks, and chairs with bright color contrasts.A bathroom designed by Chris Barrett shows off a  1″ x 1″ tile, which was hand-cut in Morocco and laid face-down onto panels.  The panels where then secured to the walls. The plaster ceiling was embellished with Moorish symbols and an amber chandelier.- See it here

– Decorate With The Right Color Palette– African decorating often invites bright blue and green color shades, and mixes in orange and red colors with light brown, silver and golden yellow color.  The color palette is inspired by dramatic colors of beautiful Mediterranean seascapes and landscapes found in the North African desert.

– Anchor The Room Around One Pattern– Working with color can be daunting to most people, however basing the room around one pattern can give you a start to introducing color.  Consider focusing your furniture around an area rug, which then allows you to layer in additional color, without getting overwhelmed.  Additional patterns can be brought in, to round out the overall design.

-Put The Focus On The Ceiling– In the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, the attention to detail is focused on the ceiling.  Consider painting the ceiling with a stencil, picking something with an elaborate design, with a pop of color. Vivacious yellows, bright natural greens and revitalizing reds seem perfectly at home in the African region. See it here

– Focus On Pattern Instead Of Relics– Adopt the cultures colors, than just collecting objects from Africa.  Drought-Mitchell says to look for pieces that have bold jewel tones,  intricate carving, accents of brushed and shiny gold, decorative tassels, darker  woods and angular items with some curvature worked into the design.  Work with accessories that include natural fibers, bright decorative fabrics, leather, forged metal, colored glass and carved furniture.  Include prints like suzani and ikat, both of which have a global vibe. Beautiful colored vases look good with branches, and short curved swords mounted on the wall can be the best way of inviting the African style into your home.

– Focus On Quality Furniture – Less is more, and better quality can speak volumes in a room that is sparse.  “Buy pieces that have quality and craftsmanship,” Drought-Mitchell advises. “They tend to  be more on the classic side versus the trendy.”

Additional Links:

– Faux Like a Pro Moroccan Stencil- $34 On Amazon

– Moroccan Stencil For Rugs, $23 On Amazon

– Moroccan Theme White Quatrefoil Print Duvet- Amazon

– Collecting The Best Baskets- Hersite

– Add Softness and Elegancy of White in Your Home- The White Dresser

-Campaign Dressers- The White Dresser

– 6 Reclaimed Dining Tables That Will Wow You! The White Dresser

 

Purples & pinks by the style files on Flickr

Purples & pinks by the style files on Flickr

DENY Designs Khristian a Howell Moroccan Mirage Orange Fleece Throw Blanket,DENY Designs Khristian a Howell Moroccan Mirage Orange Fleece Throw Blanket,

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6 Ways To Infuse The African Style And Pattern Into Your Home- Hersite - Interior Designer Mary McDonald

Interior Designer Mary McDonald

6 Ways To Infuse The African Style And Pattern Into Your Home- Hersite - Interior Designer Mary McDonald

Interior Designer Mary McDonald

6 Ways To Infuse The African Style And Pattern Into Your Home- Hersite - Interior Designer Mary McDonald

Interior Designer Mary McDonald

6 Ways To Infuse The African Style And Pattern Into Your Home- Hersite - Interior Designer Mary McDonald

Interior Designer Mary McDonald

6 Ways To Infuse The African Style And Pattern Into Your Home- Hersite - Interior Designer Mary McDonald

Interior Designer Mary McDonald

6 Ways To Infuse The African Style And Pattern Into Your Home- Design by Chris Barrett, Seen On HGTV

An antique rug was the inspiration for the color scheme in this entire master suite. Blue is a prevalent color in Moroccan interiors, brings the colors of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Shades of gold and yellow can be found in the surrounding desert, are also frequently used. Design by Chris Barrett

Catherine Raphaely - African Style

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HM outdoors summer 2013

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by Ryland Peters & Small

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Charlotte Daneel

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Stencil by Royal Design Studio, seen on HGTV

A simple white fireplace was transformed into a striking focal point with a graphic pattern stenciled in black. Inspired by a trip to Morocco’s ancient capital of Marrakesh, the pattern resembles the dramatic arches prevalent in Moroccan architecture. Stencil by Royal Design Studio, seen on HGTV

African Style

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Fiona Paxton Jewelry On Amazon

Fiona Paxton Jewelry On Amazon

Decorative Baskets

Basket Iringa Minis Natural/Rust (Tanzania) 6-Set Milulu Grass- $75 On Amazon

Round Banana Leaf Laundry Basket/Natural $68 On Amazon

African Bath Bin Basket – Aqua $27 On Amazon

Decorative BasketsWoven Storage Basket – Aqua Herringbone $99 On Amazon

Dreamy Baskets

Farmers Market Baskets, Santa Fe Found on santafedailyphoto.blogspot.com

Antique Backpacks For Sale At  ralphkylloe.com

Pandanus Basket Weaving by Bellsknits on Flickr

Made by Ethiopian Jewish basket weavers. Found on judaicajournal.blogspot.com

Baskets WomenFound on planet—earth.tumblr.com

Dreamy BasketsWomen carry baskets to market in Rwanda.

Duck House Basket- Unknown Author, Seen On Pinterest

Basket Case by The Far Horizons – Journeys Discovering Africa on Flickr

Rattan Planter Found on gardentrading.co.uk

Chimney Sweep and Repairs, Addington, Christchurch

Dreamy Baskets

Vintage Bike Baskets – Found on turningpoint2.tumblr.com

Burgundian grape picker Found on theculinarycellar.blogspot.com

Vintage French Trunk with French Linen Liner Found on dreamywhitesonline.com

French Market Baskets – Found on isabellepozziconteuse.blogspot.fr

French Baskets

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Straw Bags

Aged to Perfection: Adding Rustic Charm to Your Modern Home Inside & Out by Leslie Linsley, published by Hearst Books 2010 Seen On She Moves The Furniture Blog

Baskets in Collonges La Rouge by Mark And Melissa on FlickrBaskets in Collonges La Rouge by Mark And Melissa on Flickr