If variety is the spice of life, you won't find a more colorful and diverse design mix than in Morocco. Often recognized for its extravagantly patterned tiles and popular ottoman poufs in every gorgeous hue you can imagine, Moroccan style encompasses so much more. Drawing from its blend of African Berber, Islamic, Spanish and French cultural history, the Moroccan look offers global sophistication using hand-crafted items infused with exotic details. If you don't happen to have an authentic riad of your own, you can still create the look and feel in your home Textiles & Accents || Moroccan rugs and poufs are the most popular items in home interiors, and are readily available stateside. Moroccan rugs come in every color, size and shape, and the soft, neutral-hued ones coordinate beautifully with boho-inspired rooms. You can easily hang a group of pierced metal lanterns in a bedroom, place a carved drum table in your living room or add striped spice-tone throw pillows to your sofa. As with any space, it's all about the mix. If you use too many Moroccan style items in a room, it might look like a stage set, which is fine if that's your ultimate goal. Colors & More Colors || Typically, we think of Moroccan color palettes as consisting of warm spice tones like orange, red, saffron yellow and versions of brown, but there are many variations originating from different regions of the country. Jewel tones like sapphire, emerald and ruby are often mixed freely, and some traditional Islamic color palettes combine deep cobalt with turquoise, tan and white. In addition, many Moroccan rugs have a white or off-white ground with free-form, open geometric patterns in black or brown. Shapes & Patterns || From iconic Moorish arches and arabesque domes to hexagonal and octagonal wooden tables, Morocco is all about shapes... keyholes, fish scales, and intricate open lattice and trellis patterns are also abundant. In addition to amazing architectural shapes, many geometrics are prominent on tiles and textiles. For example, multiple layers of Zellige tiles are widely displayed in Islamic mosques, in a kaleidoscope of patterns and color combinations. They look similar to azulejo tiles you'd see in Spain and Portugal.
PSA: neutral color palettes do not equal boring design. Whether you aren’t a fan of color in general or you’re just simply worried you’ll get tired of colors you choose, there are plenty of ways to make your neutrals dazzle as much as color! Touchable Texture || Add depth to your home by incorporating texture. Layer textiles from throws to pillows – even area rugs! Neutral spaces can look stark sometimes so it’s vital to include textural elements to warm it up a bit. Go beyond textiles and make practical furniture like a bookcase a decorative focal point! This will add dimension without compromising your color palette. Another great way to incorporate texture is to create an entire wall of it! Paneling has made a modern, chic comeback and it’s nothing like the kind you’d find in a 1970’s basement. The updated version features varied textural patterns in crisp white, gray, even black. Still not convinced? Shiplap and stonework are a few natural neutral alternatives that will create the same effect. Playful Pattern || The best part of a neutral color theme is that you can really get creative and start mixing patterns! Fluidity in design is key when mixing patterns and textures. This can be achieved by establishing a solid foundation and threading each layer of your design together with a common element; in this case, a neutral color palette. For mixing & matching pattern best practices check out: Pattern Play! The Ombré Effect || Just as you can layer your patterns and texture, you can also layer your neutral colors! Neutrals are neutral for a reason – they play well together! Create an ombré effect in your home by choosing a range of neutral tones to feature from drapes to furniture to flooring. Be mindful of undertones when choosing your palette. Some neutrals can be both cool and warm depending on what they’re styled up against, so to keep the look cohesive you want to stick with one or the other. Even if you aren’t painting, consider getting a few gradient paint chips to guide your choices!
There has been an ongoing debate in the Design world about the prevalence of grey in interiors. Is it an enduring trend or past its expiration date? Truthfully, grey never went away. As with any color, it appears and resurfaces at different times. And, unless you intentionally use grey as a monochromatic color scheme, it will have more impact if you mix it with other colors like yellow, lavender or pink ¬– even saturated citron, emerald green or peacock blue. However you decide to incorporate this hue, it can create a sophisticated feel that will stand the test of time. Keep It Neutral || As an alternative to beige, tan or white, grey can either be a great focal point or soothing background to other colors. When you choose a super light value of grey, it can have an ethereal, cloud-like look and feel that even mixes well with other neutrals. For example, your rug can feature only values of grey or include soft blue, white and beige mixed with grey for a more interesting neutral palette. Add a textured throw and pillows along with furniture in shinier finishes to keep your neutral color scheme from looking flat. Power It Up || Amp up the elegance and grandeur of your space by using deeper greys like graphite, charcoal or wrought iron. Contrast them with pale pink, soft lavender or mustard hues, or make a bold statement by mixing grey with amethyst, hot pink or citron. For a more masculine approach, try using grey with brown or burgundy, perhaps on an upholstered chair or with accent pillows. Gold, silver and black in either matte or shiny finishes will also keep grey from feeling too sedate. Finishing Touches || Change up your greys anytime with colorful accents in other colors like red, black, blue or green. For example, incorporate a lamp with a jade base, or a patterned chair with rose, turquoise and terracotta hues to create a beautiful, rich complement to your grey foundation.
Step aside crisp white because bold black is about to steal the show. This dark color trend has been growing subtly from accents to furniture to walls and it certainly has not peaked yet. Now we’re not suggesting you go full on Addams Family and paint your entire home black, but we will dare you to take a walk on the dark side. Flirt with these deep, sultry hues and you will create a whole new level of cozy in your home that is mysterious and intriguing… Accents || Fearlessly experiment with dark colors by sprinkling them throughout your home in the form of accents. Seek out an oversized piece of artwork, drapes, or a rug in deep tones and style it with the décor you have now. This is a great non-committal way to play around with these bold hues to see if you really like them. If not, then they are easy and less costly to remove. Contrast || If you inherently like dark colors, but your walls are lighter try painting an accent wall to start. Pull the look together with a sofa or side chair in a shade that is a little lighter than the accent wall to create dimension and cohesiveness. Immerse || Imagine dimming the lights and curling up in a plush throw blanket… that’s the feeling you get when you walk into a room with four dark walls. This daring design trend is great for the bedroom, as dark colors have been known to promote a healthy sleep environment, or in any room that is flooded with natural light.
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