Ethnic interiors became very popular lately. Ranging from dour Scandinavian or romantic Provence to magnificent oriental styles. Today, we are sharing simple recipes of creating a Moroccan style interior.
This African country is famous worldwide for it's metal and wood handcrafts. Being mysterious and recherché, Morocco proposes varieties of wonderful designs.
Application of Moroccan style is appropriate for a simple and modest home as well as for an exquisite mansion, because the main requirement for it's creation is an improvisation and skillful usage of the materials.
The World saw the genesis of Moroccan style in the epoch of colonial expansions.
That is why this style belongs to one of the most exotic blends in interior decoration. Romans, Spanish, English, French - all of them left traits of their own culture here, that blended with Moorish, Arabic and Barbarian. Keeping this in mind an interior designer receives a freedom in creating a Moroccan style.
Moroccan style сonstants
As the result of mixing elements of European culture and African culture we have airy and mysterious Moroccan style.
It stands out from other interior styles with eastern elements and african ornaments affluence in mosaic, plaster, wood work, textile, ceramic tiles, patterns of carpets and rugs, elements of forged lamps, polychromatic palette that combines warm and cold color tones.
Warm tones of the earth: ocher, terra umbra, brown, copper, orange, sandy, orange, terra-cotta - traditional Marrakech nature colors.
Сontrast combination of blue, ultramarine, emerald-green or turquoise and white.
Add accent colors of red, golden or violaceous.
Walls and floors
Moroccan style is practical as well as it's very graphic. The flooring is traditionally made of stone, in order to balance heat during the day and swelter during nights. Residential rooms are usually carpeted, which are made in multiple techniques, sometimes combined in one room. Ceramic tiles is usually an alternative to the stone. This variant offers a wide range range of patterns and colors.
A special plaster called Tadelakt is used for the walls decorating in Morocco, which resembled marble after it's application.
Walls are painted with soft bedding colors, preferably beige or sandy. Baseboards are decorated with mosaic tiles with a traditional blue-white moroccan ornament.
The presence of a large number of in-wall niches, that substitute bookcases and bookshelves is an original peculiarity of Moroccan style.
Moroccan style Furniture
There is an individuality in the furniture type and usage as well. Pedestals, poufs, benches, chests play a significant functional role in the interior. It's presence is a must.
The furniture is soft. Sofas are covered with all types of multicolor moroccan pillows being a heart of the interior. Pillows literary replace the furniture, while beds are treated as podiums. Forged bed frames and furniture take their own special place in the room. They look gracefully and add so much allure to the mysterious moroccan interior.
All storage is hidden in wall niches, including bookshelves and bookcases. All other things are kept in masterfully curved wooden chest, which can be used as a bench when covered with a throw-over and couple pillows.
As it was mentioned above furniture must be soft and it should prevail with a dominant support of the textile in accessories like room dividers, canopies, napkins, hangings, blankets, throw-overs in bright colors with golden thread detailing, embroidery, floral patterns. Arch windows and portals are decorated with a light see-through textile, such as silk, velvet and organza. There are many pillows on sofas, decorated with embroidery and tassels.
Carpets of all sizes and types are used to cover cold stone floors and, at the same time, decorate the interior. Carpets are hand woven from genuine wool in Morocco; their size, color palette and complexity of the pattern can say a lot about the wealthiness of the owner.
Decorating elements in Moroccan style interior are usually hand made, whether it is a masterfully curved wooden room divider, jewelry casket or a forged candle holder.
Dishes is a common interior decorating element in Morocco. Copper, silver or bronze plates, serving trays, dishes, clay plates, tubby brass vases are placed in wall niches, set on shelves, floor, stairs or tables.
If there is a possibility to install a fountain in the front or backyard, accompany it with wrought metal window bars or dark treated wood jalousie.
Moroccan style Lighting
Moroccan style is possibly the only style, that has a light fixture of its own - a moroccan lamp.
Only the lamp can turn the whole interior head over hills and fill it with unique moroccan vibes.
Complicated forms, cellular metal or wrought framing of the light source with a combination of a compelling spatter glass creates a stunning lighting effect. Lamps of smaller sizes are set on the walls or floors and serve as an accent light source.
Candles is another essential appanage of a Moroccan style. You can set them in corners, place on shelves in glass, ceramic, bronze, metal candle holders.
Ceilings in Moroccan interior
Ceilings are usually very high and most likely multilevel in Moroccan interiors. White or terra-cotta colors are the essential and most traditional in most spaces. Blue or turquoise is used when a ceiling symbolizes the sky. Accented chandeliers are an integral part of any moroccan ceiling design. It can be either simple, in case a ceiling's design is sophisticated or, vice versa, becomes the eye catching spot and attracts all of the attention.
Expensive moroccan interiors have hand painted ceilings, imitating a carpet's pattern, framed in curved or hand painted edging.
It takes a lot of skills and time to make a ceiling of this kind and the result is promised to be mind boggling.
Nowadays we luckily have technologies that help us to do almost anything we want and anywhere we want. The technology of applying an image on a canvas that NYCeiling uses nowadays can easily transform a white ceiling into a surface with a high definition UV coated piece of art. Any Moroccan pattern or even imitation of a multilevel ceiling can be reproduced in a room with low ceilings and still keep you in a pre-set budget.
Moroccan interior must look warm, be cozy and comfortable, represent originality. Every detail and accessory must look as if it has just been finished by a craftsman. Our designers and NYCeiling team help you to create an original eastern theme at your home.
Your home can become a tiny piece of Morocco within a few weeks from now, and give you as a present some warmth in a hectic and noisy new York.