Moroccan Design Living Room Ideas

Mark Torrender is a blogger for MoroccanBazaar.co.uk and draws on his experience at the Moroccan Furnishing and Furniture family run business to give an insight Moroccan Design. The post provides ideas on how Moroccan design fits into the home and how to get the most of the elements of Moroccan design principles.

 

Moroccan Design Living Room Ideas

Moroccan design has a sensual uniqueness recognized the world over. The melding of French, Moorish, Arabian, and African cultures over the centuries has resulted in a distinctive use of colours and textures complemented by superb craftsmanship. Morocco evokes images of warm, sultry nights reclining upon ample floor cushions, bathed in dappled light from iron lamps, and surrounded by deep red draping gently undulating in lazy breezes. If this sounds like your idea of home decorating heaven, of the staples of Moroccan design will allow you to refine either a vintage or contemporary Moroccan theme in your home.

modern and contemporary living room

Combining the elements to create a modern and contemporary living room.

Source: Four Seasons, Marrakech in Morocco

Moroccan Colour Schemes

When it comes to colour, you’ll find that deep crimsons and intense greens are particularly apt to create that Moroccan atmosphere for your room. African and European appreciation of luxurious hues come together to create an alluring mix that will add sensuality and emotional resonance to your design. The ideal Moroccan theme works especially well when accented by gold, silver, and bronze, as featured prominently in lamps and mirror frames.

Moroccan Design and Textures

Morocco is well known for its crafts and craftsmen. Their meticulous designs feature proudly in furniture, where complex patterns reign supreme. Tables are rarely simple, often boasting mosaic or brass tops.

Source: http://www.houzz.com/photos/mediterranean/staircase’>Mediterranean Staircase

Then, of course, there are the ubiquitous floor cushions, symbolic of Moroccan hospitality and an open invitation for guests to come inside and take a break from the North African heat.

Stone and tile is commonly used in flooring, whose surfaces are cooling to bare feet and a relief from the arid outdoors. A Moroccan style rug use geometric patterns or stylised figures from nature.

 Moroccan design

Selection of Moroccan Rugs hanging in a Market with iconic Moroccan designs dating back centuries along with the markets that still exits in Morocco today.

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You will not see the human form used in any of the Moroccan designs, as Muslim culture forbids this. Instead, pattern and textures rule the design ethic. Geometric patterns, rosette designs, and other simple forms are used extensively in textiles. Nature is very important in Moroccan home décor, with a sumptuous use silk, cotton, and wool

Long, flowing curtains and draperies are synonymous with Moroccan design. The rich crimson reds or royal blues keep the midday heat at bay, encouraging a cool and shady interior. The iconic Moroccan curtain should flow to the floor cleanly and smoothly like a pure, uninterrupted waterfall.

Moorish influence is especially strong in lanterns and candle holders, as are other natural materials like stone, whitewashed stucco – a material made of an aggregate, a binder, and water, and array of metals. The generous scattering of silk pillows adds to the air of hospitality and reflects a love of friendship and informal chat. Complete the décor with a Moroccan tea set and really feel you are part of Moroccan culture. As the proverb goes… The first thing one should own is a home; and it is the last thing one should sell; for a home is ones tomb this side of heaven, we see the design of the home as place for the soul and body to live in harmony.

 Moroccan Living Room

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