The exoticism of Morocco has mesmerised people since movies such as "Lawrence of Arabia" and later, "Gladiator," graced the silver screen. Sweeping desert sands contrasted with fertile valleys and cerulean skies to form an alluring colour palette, punctuated by vibrant fabrics and rich leathers found in labyrinthine bazaars. Recreate the romance of Casablanca or the vibe of Marrakesh with a few flourishes of Moroccan decor.
Paint the Walls
The key to creating an overall look and feel for a theme is to paint the walls (and even ceiling) of the room in a fitting shade. Vibrant oranges, hot pinks and leafy greens are bold choices for creating a Moroccan-style backdrop. Pantone, which describes itself as a "world authority on colour" named Honeysuckle pink as its 2011 Color of the Year. This trendy tone is a bright pink that mirrors the shade painted on building exteriors in Morocco, and it's an ideal colour for a Moroccan-themed room.
A tapestry of cultures is represented in Moroccan decor. Emulate the ethnic vibe in your room by incorporating low wooden tables inlaid with mother-of-pearl or topped with round brass trays in the decor. Hang bronze-tone metal lanterns from the ceiling to add light and ambience to the room. Many lanterns have intricate cutouts and are inlaid with coloured glass. Use ornate-carved chests and armoires for storage. Dark leather poufs -- traditional Moroccan ottomans made of leather and used as seats or footrests -- provide texture typical of Moroccan decor and complement the wood and metal pieces in the room.
Choose jewel-toned textiles for curtains, toss pillows and throws. Fabrics like satin, silk and taffeta provide shimmer. Floral motifs, geometric patterns, sequins, beads and other embellishments -- especially metallic ones -- embody the exotic and luxurious look you are trying to achieve.
Complete your Moroccan room with accessories such as hand-painted ceramic vases, plates and bowls in rich reds, deeps blues and dark yellows. Purchase a set of traditional Moroccan tea glasses rimmed with a gold pattern. Hang a silver-framed mirror with traditional motifs, such as arabesques, from the wall to add authentic old-world luxury to your Moroccan room.
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