Moroccan Furniture - Spice Up Your Home With A Touch of Moroccan Flair.
What?s this buzz about Moroccan decor all about? Taking the US by storm is the trend of brightening up homes with a touch of Mediterranean exoticism from North Africa. Before being overwhelmed by the possibilities, the first step is to select which room in your house you would like to spice up. Decorating does not have to involve a complete renovation, it could be as simple as adding just a few choice pieces to your home.
Color is crucial to the Moroccan vibe, and don?t be afraid of the bold and unusual combinations possible. Brilliant blues and ruby reds make a stunning arrangement for a front room, or if you prefer something more mellow mix try yellow and ochre, reminiscent of a sandy desert.
Start off simply with Moroccan fabrics and throw pillows, which can add bright splashes of color to any sofa. Pull paint shades from beautifully woven Moroccan rugs to create the right backdrop. Rugs can cover up problem areas on a floor, while also bringing in additional color to the space. Draping throws or hanging fabric over a couch can make it a more intimate spot to lounge. Hanging fabric Bedouin tent style over a bed creates a romantic and airy feel to a bedroom. The luxurious hand woven textiles of Morocco can even serve as makeshift curtains, artfully bunched across windows. Patterned pottery balances out the modern kitchen, creating a more hospitable ambiance for guests and family.
Another quick and easy accent are Moroccan brass lanterns, evocative of Arabian nights and genies. Rays twinkling out of the colored sections give off a magical glow with a hint of mystery in a dark den. A second possibility is dimming a room with strategically placed window screens, or simply to partition off spaces into more livable portions. This allows the most cost efficient use of space and the possibility of letting a room serve more than one purpose.
Bring the Outdoors In
With a sea coast, Morocco exudes a slightly tropical air. Palm trees or other potted plants in Moroccan style ceramic pots can help a room breathe. A fountain and colorful tiles can cheer up a bathroom. Moroccan mirrors reflect and diffuse light beautifully, a perfect addition to any bathroom or hallway. A colorful mosaic table makes for a cheery kitchen table or sun room. Low slung chairs enhance the laid-back vibe.
Natural Wooden Accents
Hanging an elaborately carved Moroccan door transforms any entrance into a stately opening. Displaying it as a work of art on the wall is another option. Moroccan chests can double as informal coffee tables, and ottomans can be added to a room to create a comfy reading nook. Hand carved armoires can be used as entertainment centers in the family room, or to provide additional closet space in a bedroom. The rich wood tones give off an old world feel of casual opulence to any study or office.
Remember, your home is your castle. Be bold! The most exciting thing about home decor is new and unexpected arrangements. There are no mistakes, only alternatives. Make it uniquely your space. Mix things up to create your private oasis.
By Adeal Benhayoun
|Owner of Star of Morocco|