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.
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Things you need
- Wide masking tape
- Dust sheets
- Gray primer
- Paint roller
- Moroccan rich red paint (cinnamon colour)
- Paisley stencil
- Accent paints in bright greens, cool blues, golden yellows, turquoise and gold
- Moroccan-coloured throw pillows
- Floor-length lightweight curtains
Remove curtains, blinds and switch plates from the walls.
Protect your ceiling with wide masking tape and your floor with dust sheets.
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.
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.
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.
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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