Try mixing Marrakesh with modern
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.