Try mix­ing Mar­rakesh with mod­ern

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The magic of Moroc­can style will en­hance a home with its sen­sual, re­lax­ing at­mos­phere. Its colour pal­ette is rich and pure, redo­lent with Mediter­ranean sap­phire blue, ruby red, emer­ald green and the daz­zle of gold along­side pure white. The in­tri­cate na­ture of Moroc­can decor echoes through­out as its char­ac­ter­is­tic pat­terns and carved de­signs sweep across walls, ceil­ings, floors, fur­ni­ture and its sig­na­ture light­ing.

You can ex­plore the el­e­ments of this se­duc­tive style, and se­lect your favourites to bring added character to your rooms. And don’t be afraid to mix Mar­rakesh with mod­ern. The com­bi­na­tion of con­trasts suits to­day’s life­style as we hap­pily com­bine cul­tures and bring then and now, here and there, to­gether.

Light­ing is a key el­e­ment in any de­sign, and Moroc­can-style floor lamps say it all. Globes are hand­made from iron or brass that’s in­tri­cately chis­elled so that, when lit, they throw dra­matic shad­ows and pat­terns across the floor and walls. Di­verse pat­terns, some com­bin­ing coloured glass, make th­ese lamps and lanterns a fo­cal point wher­ever they’re placed. Go big or small with ceil­ing lamps and pen­dants, a the­atri­cal touch for a din­ing room, se­duc­tive in a bed­room.

Mir­rors are the per­fect way to spread light through­out a space. The chis­elled frames found in Moroc­can mir­rors come in arched shapes fit for a palace … or your en­try hall. Please visit mo­roc­can­bazaar.com for in­spi­ra­tion as shown here, or look for pieces at your lo­cal mar­kets or the In­ter­net.

Mo­saic tile work is another im­por­tant char­ac­ter­is­tic of this ex­cit­ing style, em­bel­lish­ing floors, kitchen back­splashes and table­tops. You’ll find ex­am­ples of the colour­ful de­signs, hand­made tiles and lo­cal sources on the In­ter­net. You can also cut costs and mimic the look with sten­cils.

One good source is roy­alde­sign­stu­dio.com.

Sten­cils al­low you to dec­o­rate ar­eas that are dif­fi­cult to tile. Con­sider fram­ing a few fo­cal win­dows, and use a softly flow­ing panel for cur­tains. Dec­o­rate a flea mar­ket dresser with paint and sten­cils. Tile the top and sten­cil the sides and draw­ers. The de­sign can be filled with colour or black-and-white.

Moroc­can fur­ni­ture is splen­did. Over­sized cab­i­nets, bed frames, dressers and benches are carved and painted. Smaller pieces, end ta­bles and chairs can be in­tro­duced to bring beauty and in­ter­est to a room with­out over­pow­er­ing other fur­nish­ings.

This is a bold style in size and colour. To lighten the look of iron and wood, cre­ate an airy feel with soft fab­rics for drap­ing over a canopy bed. Pan­els can be hung on dow­els from the ceil­ing, cas­cad­ing down a wall, pro­duc­ing a desert tent aura. Bed­spreads, cush­ion cov­ers and table­cloths in sun­rise pinks and or­anges sparkle with se­quin trim.

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Highly de­tailed ceil­ing dec­o­ra­tion, hand­made Moroc­can lights and a chest go nicely with clean lines and mod­ern whites.

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