You do not need a palace in Marrakesh to rock the Casbah look. You can invest in a full suite of furniture in dark tropical hardwoods, or just spend the weekend doing a quick Morocco theme update by painting an accent wall and switching out textiles. Either way, have fun juxtaposing rich hues, busy patterns, and gold accents to create a decadent aesthetic.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Update your bedroom with Moroccan architectural elements. Engraved or embossed wooden shutters embellish many Moroccan homes. Hand-painted tile may line a bedroom window sill, or the window may feature an elaborate wrought iron screen. Arches or pillars around doorways evoke a Moroccan palace.
Paint or finish your bedroom with rich jewel tones. Turquoise, ruby, emerald, amethyst, and amber create a lavish look. You can keep window frames, door frames, and the ceiling a crisp, blue-based white for a cleaner look, or fill the space with vivid colour for a busier effect. Deep hues of plum, mustard, cobalt, and bottle green work well as accent colours.
Integrate furniture made of dark wood that features elaborate details. A low, hexagon-shaped table with engraved panels and cut-outs can serve as a nightstand. A tall armoire with hand-painted scenery on the doors functions as a dresser. Set a low pouf or tufted ottoman in a corner and surround it with large floor cushions to establish a reading area.
Accent the furnishings with Moroccan artwork, linens and lighting. Hammered tin lanterns with coloured glass insets create a dramatic look in a Moroccan bedroom. Canopies, curtains, and mosquito nets around the bed may feature solid hues of burgundy, plum, indigo, and cobalt, or may have embellishments of gold-stamped paisley, beading, fringe, pom poms, embroidery, or small mirrors.
Personalise your Moroccan decor by filling a floating shelf with a collection of handicrafts or souvenirs from world travels. Hang favourite artwork in elaborately engraved wooden frames finished in gold leaf.
Tips and warnings
- The Moroccan look of allowing canopies and drapery to pool onto the floor creates an accumulation of dust. It may be simpler to hang fabric so that it nearly reaches, but does not touch, the floor.
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