Magical Moroccan Inspired Interior Design
Morocco has long been a source of enviable interior style – and it is arguably the original source of the enduring, bohemian style. Elegant, mysterious and enigmatic, Moroccan styling is luxe, yet casual and practical for the heat – perfect for our way of life here in Australia.
Moroccan Interior Design Defined
Who can forget the iconic movie Casablanca? Morocco was the seductive setting for this romantic film as it was a political no man’s land, yet it was – and is today, independent, while deeply influenced by its many and varied neighbours.
Located between Europe and Africa, Morocco and Moroccan interiors are a gorgeous and heady blend of French, Spanish, Persian, Islamic and African styles. Given Morocco is such a cultural melting pot, Moroccan interiors also have the advantage of being able to be artfully blended with almost every other form of décor.
Elements of Moroccan Interiors and Moroccan Decor
Under a hot blazing sun, many Moroccan style homes are designed to bring the outdoors in, offering a cool respite from the heat in a semi-alfresco style of living. Other easily identifiable Moroccan influences are drawn from the colourful, open-air bazaars of Marrakesh to the sparkling blue, azure coastline of Casablanca.
Dramatic patterns, colours and rich embellishments such as bone inlay are recognisable and unique features of Moroccan style furniture. These pieces are combined with potted plants, classic lead, and coloured glass lighting, decorative mirrors, lush woollen rugs and woven accessories, all combining to create the perfect indoor oasis – Moroccan style.
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Thanks to globalisation we now have access to a bounty of magical Moroccan rugs including the iconic Beni Ourain rugs. Add some classic Moroccan floor cushions to your coloured tiled floors to create the perfect base to build a Moroccan style room.
Coloured glass and metal pendants and lamps are another recognisable feature of Moroccan interiors. Widely available in all shapes and sizes, the gentle glow of Moroccan lights and lamps add a sensuousness to any space.
Moroccan interiors can feature a clash of bold patterns and colours – including metallics - that somehow work by breaking all the rules. It is this flamboyance and confidence that concocts a bohemian charm and interest to any room.
For your finishing pieces add pillows and floor cushions in abundance and drape some luxurious, embellished fabrics, wherever you can. The add some woven baskets and other hand-crafted décor pieces - evocative of Africa to complete a seductive Moroccan style interior.