Moroccan Interior Design Elements
Moroccan interiors are a reflection of the country’s diverse and rich culture. A Moroccan interior should have a sense of the history and cultural traditions as well as the motifs, shapes and designs of the beautiful country. Intricate carvings, arched doorways and colourful fabrics are plentiful in Moroccan homes, and they are features that can be easily introduced into a contemporary interior anywhere in the world.
The Moroccan look has been greatly influenced by Moorish architecture, which can be found throughout the Arab regions and into North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. Some of the most common characteristics of this look include the arches, domes, courtyards and decorative tiles that combine to create a beautiful and intriguing space.
Not all of these elements must be present in an interior to create a Moroccan look. For a more modern approach, introduce the so-called horseshoe or keyhole arches into the interior whilst keeping an all-white colour palette, or for a more rustic or playful interior use the stunning Moroccan decorative tiles on the floor, walls or as detailing to create a striking and ethnic look.
The colour schemes in Moroccan interiors most often reflect the shades and tones of either the desert or the ocean, meaning that brilliant reds, oranges and yellows as well as blues dominate the Moroccan interior, often against a more neutral, or colour-washed background. Colour can be introduced on the walls, or for a more subtle look, bring colour to the room in the fabrics, upholstery and accessories.
Metalwork is a vital element in a traditional Moroccan interior, with a wide variety of beautiful, decorative pieces available to accessorize the home. Metal mirrors, vases, lanterns, kettles and trays are just a few of the wonderful - and traditionally hand-crafted - metal items that adorn the Moroccan interior. A cluster of metal vases make a beautiful Moroccan-inspired feature, and a delicate metal serving tray displayed on the coffee table brings a distinctly Moroccan edge to any style of table.
Mosaic is another stunning element of Moroccan design - this is particularly useful material for the kitchen or bathroom, bringing delicate detail, colour and pattern to surfaces that must also be high-performing. Mosaic can be introduced on the floor, walls, or as a decorative surface on a coffee table, sideboard or wall panel.