Exotic Touch

Morocco always fascinated me.  I think it is all that bold vibrant colours, metalwork and beautiful crafted furniture that truly inspires me. 

Morocco is nestled between Europe and Africa, the Atlantic and Mediterranean and acts as a crossroads between the east and the west, north and south.  Moroccan décor blends styles from France, Portugal and Spain from the northwest, with strong Mediterranean, African, Persian, and Islamic influences from the south and east. This results in a unique and inspirational style specific to Morocco.

To incorporate a little bit of exotic Morocco in your home, you should know what décor elements will give you the true Moroccan look and feel.   

As there are so many ways to create that Moroccan look and feel, the decor elements will be divided into a few posts.  In the first post I will discuss the colours, textured walls and the beautiful woodwork that will add that exotic touch to your space.


The Colours

Colour is the focal point of Moroccan decor.  Moroccan colours are bold and vibrant which includes rich reds and oranges, vibrant purples, emerald greens, shimmering silver and bright golds.  These bold colours are balanced by more subdued earth tones like sand, cinnamon, and terra cotta which create an energetic but casual atmosphere.  The rich colours can be found in everything from intricately woven rugs to the detailed embroidery of throws and cushions.

The colour blue is very important to Moroccan décor as the nation is situated on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.  The blues in Moroccan decor tend to be bright and lean more towards the turquoise hues.   It is a tradition for Moroccans to paint their doors and shutters in blue, this date all the way back to ancient Egyptian times.

Moroccan Colours

Textured Walls

Moroccan style is quite a rustic look, so the walls are quite rough in texture.  Tadelaktis the name for the strongly coloured lime plasterwork seen on the walls of many Moroccan homes.  It gives a buffed and shiny finish that looks beautiful and is extremely waterproof and durable.  Another method that is used to create textured walls is stucco plaster.  Stucco plaster is applied wet and hardens to a very solid surface.  It is used as decorative coating for walls and ceilings and can also be used to create interesting archways.

Moroccan Textured Walls

Crafted Woodwork

Intricate woodwork is a signature of Moroccan furniture, doors and wooden ceilings.  Each wood piece is a work of art and Moroccan craftsmen pride themselves on their ability to create beautiful hand carved designs.

Moroccan Woodwork

In the next post I will discuss how Moroccans use metal, mosaic tiles and luxurious fabrics to add that exotic touch to their homes.