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Whether it's an emphasis on the elements of tribal African culture, the exotic mood of the safari, or a mixture of both, African decorating and design are based on two distinct themes-the unique textures, patterns and colour found in Africa's rich natural environment, and the abstract and organic art that stems from firmly ingrained rituals and traditions dating back eons.
The harmonious blend of Africa's people and its land is captured in the earthy palette of Savannah browns, deep reds, golds and burnt oranges so often found in their stunning fabric and pottery patterns. Colour schemes of dazzling blue and green, purple and pink reflect the influences of sea, land and spectacular sunsets.
Furniture features rich timbers, rugged in style with stylized accents, rather than decorative carvings, whilst fabrics are textured and bold with vibrant geometric patterns. For a Safari decor introduce elements such as skins for the floor, wall, cushions and furniture and art objects that represent the animal world. Much of the texture in African accessories comes from natural plant fibres, such as palm leaves and grasses, most notably used in baskets and woven objects. The introduction of innovative South African handicrafts made from recycled materials is a great vehicle to add colour, design, unusual detail and a touch of whimsy (as well as helping to support community-based projects) to your interior.
Lighting is warm and golden, utilizing rustic iron candelabra and wall sconces. Table lamps incorporate palm or pineapple motifs in their bases, whilst unique shades made from feathers or quills convey the safari ambiance.
Comfort is foremost in an African decor, with an overall effect of effortless luxury, a sense of adventure, but always relaxed and in harmony with nature.