6 Of The Best African Style Decor Ideas
1. Earthy and Vibrant
2. Instant Afro-chic.
Sustainability is the buzzword of 2019 in the interiors world, and handmade items made from jute, rattan and clay will be popular as a reaction against digital technology and fast fashion. People are seeking more grounding elements in their space as a way to retain a connection with nature. Baskets have long been a key element of African style, whether on the wall or as a decorative storage option, and they are not going anywhere soon. There are so many styles and colours so stock up and use them to tidy spaces, as an alternative to a pot plant or as in this easy, breezy nod to African style; hang them en masse as wall art.
3. A versatile trend
The beauty of African style décor is that it is a trend wide open to interpretation – there are just so many ways to incorporate it with your personal style. If you are drawn to ultra-glam interiors, hunt out the more ornate pieces that feature beadwork, Cameroonian juju hats and pair them metallics and either soft hues of pastel or strikingly modern black and white. If you fancy a more rugged look, pair white walls with plenty of natural fibres and timbers. Finally, if your idea of interiors bliss is inspired by the romance and wanderlust of the safari, billowing white curtains, natural finishes and plenty of butterfly chairs and cushions are for you; all in an earthy palette.
4. Please be seated
One African export that never dates is the iconic Butterfly Chair. Originally known as the Triplolina chair, it was first used in the 19th century in North Africa by the British and then the Italians and has been synonymous with African safari style ever since. It’s a natural yet delicate, and is a thing of real beauty. Perfect as accent chair – place one in your entranceway, on your deck, in your bedroom, anywhere. As this gorgeously understated pic demonstrates, they really make a space sing and need very little other help from the décor department to do it.
Nothing says ‘safari chic’ like a black and white photographic portrait of an elephant. African art and design is very much inspired by its awe-inducing fauna and there is a reason you see the elephant motif repeated in so many elements of African design. As a staple of safari style, it’s a tangible reminder of what is just outside on the savannah.
Mixing it up
If this image doesn’t demonstrate the versatility of African décor, nothing will. Africa is well represented in the stunning blue portrait and then echoed again in the small blue elephant statue. These quintessential elements of African design sit more than comfortably alongside a classic modern hand shaped table in silver and a Mid-Century Modern sunburst. It really works. Mixing and matching styles is said to be a strong trend for the foreseeable feature and designers are urging people to be brave and mix it up. Or to put it simply: if you love it, take it home!