Trying to define the Moroccan decor style feels a bit like blindly reaching into a bag of your favourite treats and plucking out something you know you’ll love.
Basically, the Moroccan style is a blend of all the best of African, Arab, and Mediterranean decor and design themes. Common elements include: arches, domes, ornamental tiles, geometrical patterns, and a riot of colours.
And the best of it all? The Moroccan decor style is super flexible and adaptable. It can be traditional or contemporary. Vibrant or muted. Playful or reduced. Ornamental or minimalist.
In short, it can be anything you want!
But what’s even better? Whichever style or execution you choose, it simply promises to transform your dreams and send you on a magical journey each night!
To help you get started on the way, we have collected some of the most important aspects and Moroccan bedroom decor ideas below. Enjoy!
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Lanterns in traditional shapes are a big deal in Moroccan-inspired designs. Hang them from ceilings, mount them onto walls, or have them standing on the floor. As with many oriental things, it’s the more, the merrier. Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match colours and shapes.
One of the most important style elements in Moroccan decor are rich, soft fabrics (including thick rugs). Go for bold colours and patterns and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Fabrics are your chance to get creative – hang pieces of cloth from walls, use them to create canopies, etc. Coincidentally, it is here that you can go a long way in terms of decoration and creating an overall look on a (very) small budget.
Don’t Forget the Ceiling
Typically, we only think about decorating the walls (and, if you put it in those terms, the floor by using carpets). In contrast, Moroccan homes also turn their ceilings into works of pure art. This can be achieved by a number of means, the most popular are: tiles, coloured paint(ings), and draped fabric.
Prominent headboards are another well-liked decor-element in Maroccan designs. These either pick up the arches of Moroccan windows and doors, mirror the shapes of ornamental design elements, or go for beautifully and intricately carved wooden works of art.
Arches are a common theme both in windows and doorways. In case of the latter, they can be used as means of dividing off the bed or a bathtub from the rest of the bedroom. The general design element of the arch is then picked up again and again in tile patterns, wrought iron ornaments and lampshades.
In terms of bed canopies you can either make use of an already existing four-poster bed frame, or create your very own baldachin with panels of fabric pinned to ceiling and/or wall, or spanning the whole room.
The most important in any oriental, and particularly in Moroccan-inspired, decorations are bright, bold colours that can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content – everything goes! There are, however, three colours that are a “must” in any combination: red, purple, and fuchsia.
For those of you a little more reluctant to go all out with a riot of colours, there’s also the option of predominately utilising whites, muted colours, and/or earth tones. (If possible, we would strongly suggest adding at least one of the “must have” colours mentioned above as eyecatcher!)
Another big theme in Moroccan-style room designs are thick pile and/or colourful carpets that either match or contrast the overall colour scheme. Additionally, there is always the classic to fall back on: traditional Moroccan rugs.
Large mirrors are a common design feature in Moroccan bedrooms. The ornate frames pick up common themes like arches, delicately wrought patterns, beautifully carved wood, etc.
Whether they are made from stained glass or regular, windows often come in an embellished mosaic look. These designs once again pick up and mirror elements like arches, patterns and colours used in the room.
If having intricately patterned or coloured window panes is not feasible, hanging sheer curtains (patterned or with different colours) does create a similar effect.
Colourful, mosaic tiles arranged in intricate geometrical patterns dominate whole rooms. They can match or differ within a room, and oftentimes run floor to wall to ceiling.
Furniture, and the bed in particular, is often made from heavy, dark woods that dominates the whole room design. It is often juxtaposed with light elements or colours.
Alcoves and Niches
If at all possible, try to create little nooks around the bedroom. These can be alcoves that house window seats, niches that have purely aesthetic reasons, or frame your bed’s head. These nooks tend to have arched or domed forms that pick up other design elements.
As for any African country, keeping the heat and sun out of the hous is one of the main challenges of Moroccan designs. This feat typically is achieved with beautiful wooden window shutters.
Poufs and Ottomans
And, finally, our last Moroccan decor tip: Place oriental poufs and ottomans at the foot of your bed or in nook of the room reserved for sitting, in order to create an inviting, oriental atmosphere.
What are your favourite Moroccan decor ideas? Which elements have you implemented in your bedroom? Which designs would you most like to emulate? We are curious! Let us know your answers in the comment section below!