How to Paint Walls With Moroccan Colors

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How to Paint Walls With Moroccan Colors
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The beautiful country of Morocco, inhabited by a variety of cultures in the past, has inspired rich colours and textures that are popular in home decorating. Before painting your walls, look for a fabric swatch with warm cinnamon red and splashes of jewel tones, like blues and greens, to use as a guide for your Moroccan-inspired room. Play up one or two of the colours, using the rest as accents, to keep from overpowering the room.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Wide masking tape
  • Dust sheets
  • Gray primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Moroccan rich red paint (cinnamon colour)
  • Sponge
  • Paisley stencil
  • Accent paints in bright greens, cool blues, golden yellows, turquoise and gold
  • Moroccan-coloured throw pillows
  • Floor-length lightweight curtains

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  1. 1

    Remove curtains, blinds and switch plates from the walls.

  2. 2

    Protect your ceiling with wide masking tape and your floor with dust sheets.

  3. 3

    Apply a grey primer to the walls to cut down on the number of paint coats you will need. Use a paintbrush for the trim and a paint roller for the walls.

  4. 4

    Paint the walls a Moroccan rich red or cinnamon colour. Moroccan red is an earthy red, not a bright red that would detract from other focal points in a room. Plan on two or three coats of paint. Allow sufficient drying time between coats.

  5. 5

    Leave the walls a solid colour or accentuate them using a sponge, paisley stencil and paint in bright greens, cool blues, golden yellows and/or turquoise. Add gold paint for a dramatic effect.

  6. 6

    Accentuate with plenty of Moroccan-coloured throw pillows. Hang lightweight flowing curtains that reach to the floor, even if your windows do not.

Tips and warnings

  • Morocco is a major spice trade centre—think of warm spice colours when decorating.
  • Don't leave anything painted white. Cover window frames, crown moulding and baseboards with the Moroccan red paint or accent colours.

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