We’re obsessed with the exotic charm of Morocco. There is a sensual allure to Moroccan styling that reflects it’s melting pot of rich and ancient cultures. The colours of the Souks, the majestic mosaics, opulent silky fabrics and intricate embossed metal work combine to create spaces that are seductive - inviting you to relax and unwind in their cosy folds.
Moroccan style is richly layered with a palette of striking colours, patterns and textures.
Include the following elements in your design to easily recreate an oasis of North African charm.
Rich, vibrant and contrasting colours are everywhere in Morocco. In exterior and interior design colours abound. Stunning Rich blue doors stand proud next to multi coloured mosaic walls. Striped orange and pink cushions sit happily on an ornately patterned daybed.
Be bold with colour - the layering of colours and textures create the rich effect that is traditionally Moroccan style.
Moroccan ceramics, tiles, metals and fabrics are renowned across the globe for their intricate, ornate patterning and embossing. Most distinctive are the stunning mosaic Zellige tiles that are used to decorate walls, ceilings, fountains, floors, tables and pools.
Patterns are one of the main characteristics of Moroccan architecture and design – a Moroccan styled space would not be complete without the introduction of patterning.
Fabrics are an easy and inexpensive way to add patterns.
Create a feature of mosaic tiles or add some Zellige tile furniture – there are some stunning tables and fountains available. Even small items like hand painted ceramics or embossed metal can add to the richness and depth of a space.
Layering is the essence of Moroccan styling. It is the pallete of natural materials, colours, patterns and textures layered together that create the distinctive sense of lavish opulence.
The opposite of hard modern minimalism Moroccan décor indulges your extravagant side. Don’t stop at one cushion – go for 6 or 8 or 10 - the more sumptuous the better. Add some fabric draped on the wall and a bright floor rug.
Combine colours and patterns – add embossed metals and chunky timber, silks and natural cottons. The result, whilst going against the grain of the declutter movement, will be deeply satisfying and authentically Moroccan.
Lighting takes on a special role in Moroccan design.
Moroccan Lanterns can be suspended from the ceiling, fixed to walls, placed on tables or in nooks.
Lights are designed and placed to diffuse indirect light through coloured glass creating a soft shimmering effect and projecting patterns across the space.
Many lanterns can be used with candles making it easy to move them around, place outdoors or use them as table decoration.
Moroccan buildings are often decorated with ornaments – externally the use of mosaic tiles, wrought iron panels and lanterns is characteristic of Moorish design. Internally walls are often decorated with ornately embossed mirrors and intricately hand painted ceramic plates.
The addition of mirrors and other Moroccan style ornaments will add to the authentic look of your space. Moroccan ceramics are easy to wall mount and the addition of a mirror to your outdoor area will add to the feeling of extravagance.
A tea set or decorative glass set on a tray can be a great way to combine functionality with design. Add some mint tea and you will be transported to Marrakesh!
6. Fabrics & Textiles
The Souks (markets) of Morocco display the dizzying array of fabrics and textiles of Morocco.
A visit to a Moroccan Souk is inevitably etched on your memory forever. The bright fabrics, silks and rugs are draped from floor to ceiling surrounded by leathers and hand stitched clothing. Choose contrasting colours and a variety of textured fabrics and leathers.
Authentic Moroccan pouffes are hand made and although not the cheapest are a worthwhile investment for their beauty and high quality of craftsmanship.
Try adding a patterned floor rug – if it is for your outdoor area choose a rug that is designed for the outdoors to ensure it doesn’t deteriorate too rapidly in our harsh Australian environment.
Be inspired by the spirit of the nomad when creating your Moroccan space – think low scattered seating like cushions and pouffes on a large floor rug. Ottomans can also be used as makeshift coffee tables with the addition of a large metal tea tray.
Often using a wrought iron day bed as your central feature makes it easier to layout your space.
Fountains and firepits are also a great way to add to the overall effect.
8. Natural Materials
Typically Moroccan décor is made up of natural materials stone, terracotta or clay, timber, leather, hand forged metals, wrought iron and natural textiles including silks and cottons.
Whilst large pots can be used as a feature smaller pots will look best as a pair or more.
Look for wrought iron furniture or perhaps a Mosaic coffee table and be sure to add plenty of luxurious natural silk and cotton fabrics.
And no Moroccan space would be complete without an authentic, hand dyed leather pouffe.