Inspired by Africa
With its tawny neutrals, earthy materials and wonderful patterns, African interior design is an interesting aesthetic to add some detail to your living space. To achieve this interior scheme concentrate on featuring dark woods, neutral ceramics and unexpected pops of bright colour. Used wisely, African designs can be captivating and create a cool and contemporary look for your living space.
When considering colour, stick to earthy neutrals. Terracotta oranges work well with darker brown and pale cream accents throughout, but if you’re uneasy about using such a strong colour palette, then dusty cream walls punctuated with brighter pieces of wall art can help you achieve this look and feel. Blocks of wall colour can also be broken up by hanging authentic African masks and artefacts that you may have collected on your travels or found in antique shops. These will also bring a sense of individuality and expression to your living space if you have picked them yourself.
With this décor theme you can be as striking or minimal as you wish. Feature tribal motifs, animal prints or chevrons for a more intricate living space, or if you want to go minimal, then adapt the monochrome trend to feature creams, pale oranges and dark mahogany. Mix clashing patterns together with scatters on a sofa upholstered in a neutral fabric. Marl Grey works particularly well here as it acts as a solid colour foundation, making colours and patterns pop.
To express this scheme in the truest way, earthenware and pottery are essential. Place different size and shape ornaments on tables, shelving or window sills to create your own art display. This also presents an opportunity to add dashes of colour that are also found in African art. Lime greens, sky blue and bright red are all unexpected but lift and revitalise an otherwise neutral scheme, so feature pieces that have these included in the patterns, or as a solid colour if you’re feeling adventurous.
If you’re looking to recreate an interior scheme within your living space then take a look at our Pinterest page where we look at trends, colours and textures that could work in your home.
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