Here are some of our top tips for giving your home a taste of Morocco.
All That Glitters Is Gold
Stop concerning yourself with whether or not something is in poor taste. If we can learn anything from Moroccan interior design, it's to embrace glitz and glamour. You shouldn't be afraid of making bold statements in your home. Whether it's something shiny, or a piece of artwork you're particularly fond of. Give it pride of place in your home without feeling guilty about it. Our design choices don't have to be restricted by fear.
Build On Your Foundation
The Moroccans aren't afraid to make good use of their home's foundations. Traditional architecture has been fondly retained or restored. This is of stark contrast to our culture, who are too keen and trigger-happy. Forget knocking down that connecting wall, or removing the unsightly stairwell. Think more creatively and work around it. How can you make the most out of what you have and turn it into something that complements the rest of your design?
One of the most utilised concepts in Moroccan design is its use of flowing fabric. Draped from the walls and ceilings with vibrant designs, these will give your home a real feel for the Moroccan sunset. If you want to take a more subtle approach, that's fine too. The odd hanging fabric is not going to make your room design too radical. It will, however, give it awesome character.
Make Use Of Tiles
Moroccan design is known for its loyalty to cement tiles. The hand-pressed designs give a warmth to all floors, walls and ceilings they're plastered on. Where we use simple, monochrome tiles, the Moroccans think differently. Their tiles are emblazoned with wonderful, rich patterns and colours. Often hand-painted, they give off a personality that is allowed to shine unapologetically. We would do well to learn from this in our own design choices.
We are too hesitant when it comes to using patterns in our homes. We've become far too concerned with potentially clashing or tasteless designs. I believe that we need to get over this fear and think far more creatively than we do. In Morocco, unique patterns are used liberally, and they don't appear thoughtless. Plain is, quite simply, banished. As far as I'm concerned, that's the way it should be when it comes to design. Embrace exploration and dismiss the mundane.
However you choose to approach it, your Moroccan-inspired design should be fresh and forward-thinking. Make use of natural products and give close attention to relaxation. Your home should be a calming influence at all times.