MAKE IT MOROCCAN
Trends move quickly and when decorating specifically to keep up with them it can not only be exhausting but when you are talking renovating interiors, it can be costly. Decorating with a certain period or style that is less likely to date steers your home away from being a victim of trends and lets you take your time in creating a scheme and look that allows you to also inject your own sense of style.
One period of interior that is quite popular at the moment is Moroccan.
Using Morocco as your influence is all about earthy tones that become a base for strong accents of colour and layers of patterns and textures.
The rules of matching colours, balancing patterns and fabrics go right out the window when using this style so you will very rarely see two interiors the same. Perfect for creating that truly unique look.
TILES Moroccan is not about playing it safe and floor and wall tiles make a definite statement. You can use whole areas such as the lounge, kitchen and dining in a dramatic pattern that becomes the feature to build the look around.
We tend to use floorboards as a broad flooring feature which creates subtle texture changes, so doing a striking tile is all about confidence. Tiles are used not only for their dramatic colours but also for their cooling qualities in the searing Moroccan heat, so they are the perfect choice in humid tropical climates.
RUGS There are many choices of rugs with subtle patterns, dramatic patterns and bold colours. They are not just confined to the floor, but are used just as heavily for wall decor. Thin rugs can also serve as a bed comforter. Certain patterns have a meaning to them for traditions and celebrations such as the wedding rug. Given that most of us spend about one-third of our lives in bed, it makes sense to create a cocoon of loveliness – a stylish and welcoming retreat.
A good mattress is essential. The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune for quality but you do have to try it. You can “mattress test” at a store or you can now buy a mattress from one of the newer companies that will deliver to your home and offer a free trial period.
Once you have the quality and comfort that suits your needs, you need to dress the bed.
My golden rule is, whenever possible, choose natural fibres, starting with a mattress protector or mattress topper. Choose 100 per cent cotton or feathers, or for those with allergies you may have to consider a allergy-sensitive mattress protector.
Next comes the bed linen. Again, choose natural fabrics, either 100 per cent cotton, linen, bamboo or silk, or a combination of any of these pure fabrics.
If your budget allows, choose stone-washed, pure French linen as it is not only soft to the touch, the fabric is extremely long-lasting, outlasting silk and cotton many times over.
For the cooler months, pure wool blankets and pure down duvets may cost a little more but they too will out-perform and outlast the synthetic options.