How to Decorate in the Moroccan Style

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How to Decorate in the Moroccan Style
Rich colours used with sandy neutrals characterise Moroccan decorating style. (morocco-kasbah tinehirt image by Nathanael Wichmann from

Morocco, a North African country with a Mediterranean climate, takes its style and influence from the Middle East. Moroccan style decorating, characterised by rich, vibrant colours and ornately carved wood, is exotic and mysterious. Textures as well as mosaics all lend an eclectic look that defines the Moroccan style of decorating.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Moroccan fabrics
  • Over-sized pillows
  • Heavily carved furniture
  • Mosaic-tiled accessories
  • Metal vessels
  • Ceramics

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    Paint an accent wall using a rich, vibrant colour, such as fuchsia, royal blue, deep purple or vibrant red. Offset this colour with the use of colours found in nature in Morocco, such as sand, taupe or white. This juxtaposition of neutral played against the bold works to set the Moroccan mood for the decorating style.

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    Use Moroccan fabrics in draperies and pillows for soft furnishings that add function while acting as decor. Place oversized pillows on the floor in coordinating prints for a true Moroccan feel. Moroccan fabrics reflect rich colours and the weaving their region is known for. Print fabrics tend to replicate their weaving, which often illustrate native animals and surroundings or use geometric designs or stripes.

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    Choose one large piece of furniture in Moroccan style or two smaller ones. Moroccan furniture is characterised by dark, very heavily carved pieces. Cupboards are often accented with mosaics or tile or paintings.

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    Select accessories that display the rich colours, tiling and mosaics so prevalent in Moroccan decorating style. Metals, such as silver and copper, are heavily used; purchase vessels in these mediums to mix with boldly coloured ceramics. Mirrors with mosaic tile edges can add to the look.

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