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Moroccan Home Decor & Interior Decorating

The Moroccan interior decorating tradition is rich and full of unique features that make it one of the most eccentric and exotic styles today. Much of the stylistic renderings within Moroccan style decor have to do with the fact that Morocco is a diverse culture with many people's contributing to its peculiar design characteristics. With 11 official languages and an atmosphere conducive to innovation, Moroccan interior design remains one of the most vibrant and unique styles in the world.

Perhaps the most important element in any authentic Moroccan interior design scheme is color. Far from the more muted and traditional colors used in most European or Western decor, Moroccan colors are bold, electrifying, and energetic. Eye-catching reds, vibrant purples, emerald greens, and bright golds are all used to set the tone for the interiors and decor. These more daring and pronounced colors are offset by more subdued earth tones like sand, cinnamon, and even terra cotta. By balancing the brighter hues with the softer earth tones, Moroccan decor produces a very lively, yet casual and comforting, atmosphere.

The color blue, however, is central to Moroccan decoration. This hue is very important to Moroccan decor probably due to the fact that the nation is situated on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The blues in Moroccan decor tend to also be bright and tend more towards the turquoise hues. For those looking to truly use an authentic Moroccan design scheme, then you will want to paint your doors and shutters in blue. This is a tradition of Moroccans that dates all the way back to ancient Egyptian times and is thought to be a way of keeping evil spirits from entering your home. Even if warding off evil is not a concern, the look is both stunning and very original.

Another critical element to traditional Moroccan interior design is the use of geometric patterns throughout the decor. These patterns are often repeated throughout the decor in different sizes and variations. Some of the most basic shapes used are: diamonds, circles, rectangles, arches, and triangles.

These repeating geometric patterns are used on ceramic tiles, doors, gates, and of course rugs. And the use of these patterns is not limited to the interior decor. Many traditional Moroccan homes have these shapes engraved onto the outside facade as well to produce a unified affect of both interior and exterior spaces. This is why most furniture and other decor elements also have the same repeating patterns in either the upholstery or the frame of the furniture itself. Tiles with the patterns are used to adorn table tops and even walls in some Moroccan decor. Combined with the bold colors, these repeating geometric patterns produce a stunning visual show.

The fabrics used in Moroccan interior design are of course colorful and use the same hues as described earlier. The material itself tends to rich, and some would say, exotic. Wool, silk, and velvet are all favorites in Moroccan decor. For bedding, throws and pillows made of these materials also tend to have beading or embroidery.

As with any design scheme, there are certain elements that are critical to attaining a complete look. Basically, the accents and accessories are everything. With authentic Moroccan decor, no room is complete without lanterns. Traditional Moroccan lanterns use colored glass. The light produced by the candle or light bulb is thrown through geometric patterns in the glass. Thus, the room is awash in warm and subtle light while the patterns cast by the geometric cut-outs in the glass accentuate the patterns throughout the rest of the decor. The effect truly is quite stunning and tends to unify the geometric patterns in the furniture and flooring.

Another detail critical to Moroccan interior design are tea tables. The use of traditional Moroccan tea tables dates back centuries and was the place where the men would gather to discuss business or politics while sipping on some tea. In a more contemporary design scheme, the tea table could be used as a strictly decorative piece or as a casual sitting area.

The final two elements worth mentioning about Moroccan decor are trunks and area rugs. A carved or painted trunk can be used as a unique coffee table and illuminated with a crockery lamp for that authentic Moroccan look. Area rugs (with repeating geometric patterns and making use of the color schemes already mentioned) are an essential in any Moroccan home. And not just one, but several, are needed to complete the room. They are generally of different sizes and layered over one another at varying angles. This reduces stresses upon the bottom of the feet and produces a unique stylistic effect upon the decor.

Moroccan interior design is without question one of the most unique in the world. Its use of brilliant and bold colors offset by more subdued earth tones makes the space feel alive yet comforting. Utilizing repeating geometric patterns on the flooring, doors, furniture, and exterior produce a unified effect upon the space. Accent pieces like the beautiful Moroccan lamps and the traditional tea tables add an eccentric appeal to the decor. Moroccan decor remains one of the most elaborate and ornate styles in interior design today and makes any home feel luxurious and opulent.

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