How to Paint Your Walls Moroccan

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How to Paint Your Walls Moroccan
Earthy reds and spice tones are common in Moroccan colour palettes. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you fantasise about spending your days on a sunny terrace overlooking crystal-clear Mediterranean waters, then you can bring a similar mood into your home decor in limitless ways and usually for far less than the cost of a plane ticket. Deciding to paint your walls in these traditional hues means you'll have a great deal of leeway, as appropriate Moroccan colour palettes are varied and diverse.

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Things you need

  • Paint swatches
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Rollers and tray
  • Sponge or rag (optional)
  • Stencils or stamps (optional)

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    Steal inspiration from a Moroccan tapestry or tile. These traditional elements often feature vibrant, rich jewel tones such as deep red, magenta, green and blue. Find a pattern you like that features at least one colour you're particularly drawn to and paint your walls in this hue. Bring other colours from the tapestry or tile into your decor with furnishings and accents after the paint job is done.

    How to Paint Your Walls Moroccan
    One tapestry can provide an entire colour scheme for your room. (tappeti02 image by cilin from
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    Mimic the stucco hues found in Moroccan architecture. From terracotta to fleshy peaches and pinks, these earthy colours make up a large part of the Moroccan landscape. If you choose one of these hues, consider using a sponge or rag painting technique to create a textured look.

    How to Paint Your Walls Moroccan
    Get colour clues from the Moroccan landscape. (desert maroc image by Roques Jean Chris from
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    Choose a paint colour that matches a traditional Moroccan food or spice. Cinnamon, paprika, and saffron are all commonly used in Moroccan cooking and will lend warmth to more neutral interiors. Use more vibrant colours as accents to complement spicy tones.

    How to Paint Your Walls Moroccan
    Choose spice tones if you prefer neutral walls. (spices image by OMKAR A.V from
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    Select a hue that is reminiscent of the soothing ocean waters of Morocco. To create a lighter, breezier version of this style, look to the Moroccan landscape. Varied shades of turquoise blue and pastel purple will achieve this look.

    How to Paint Your Walls Moroccan
    Find inspiration in shoreline colours. (asilah 2 image by miguel hernández from
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    Introduce metallic patterns to your painted walls. Complement a variety of Moroccan colours by stencilling or stamping gold or copper shapes onto walls to create a rich wallpaper effect.

Tips and warnings

  • Use Moroccan-themed furnishings and decor to round out the style of your room. Flowing curtains, embellished fabric lampshades and an abundance of pillows in hues that coordinate with your Moroccan paint colours will give your space an authentic feel.

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