Thursday 27 October 2016

Rockin' Moroccan - spice up your decor with an exotic touch

Spice up your decor with some bright Moroccan design touches. Here, Nikki Cummins Black has six items that look like they're straight from the souk

Published 10/07/2016 | 02:30

Bedding and accessories from a selection at Penneys.
Bedding and accessories from a selection at Penneys.
Wood unit with ceramic drawers from Debenhams.
Marakesh dipping bowls from dotcomgiftshop
Moroccan lanterns and accessories - all Marks & Spencer.
Grace ceramic jar from Next.

Get a rich and exotic look for your home this summer - minus all of the marketplace haggling. Using fascinating geometric patterns and bold accent hues is already a popular decor trend, so why not go a step further and embrace the majestic Moroccan style?

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All that's needed to perfect this look is to fill your chosen room with luxurious decor in contrasting colours and heavy patterns. With this trend, more is definitely more.

Moroccans have created some of the world's most distinct rugs for centuries. Traditionally, these rugs were used as bedding, blankets or saddles. Their designs focused on abstract and geometric patterns with colourful and neutral palettes. Authentic or vintage Moroccan rugs can cost a lot of money these days but don't worry, if the high price tags are too rich for you, reproductions like the one below from Next (from €88) are available. If you're on a budget but still love that Moroccan flair, add a pounded metal tray to the top of a table, or a few inexpensive Moroccan pouffes or floor cushions to a room.

Hit your local fabric store and keep an eye out for colourful, intricately patterned or gauzy textiles. Mix and match patterns and colours to get the eclectic Moroccan look. You can always turn these textiles into pillows, or drape a few yards over furniture for your own personal take on this vibrant style.

Road to Marakesh

For a cheap and cheerful Moroccan makeover, make your way to Penneys where their themed offering includes tassels, prints and textures aplenty.

Buy it: Bedding and accessories from a selection at Penneys



A beautiful urn like this is an easy and commitment-free way to subtly introduce this North African look. One placed either side of your fireplace can have a dramatic effect without over-powering a room.

Buy it: Grace ceramic jar, €38 small, €96 large, Next

Comfort and joy

Go high contrast with brilliantly hued accents set against a neutral backdrop or wash all of your walls in colour. Not ready to paint? Plenty of pillows, rugs and pouffes can add bold colour to your home, too, like this great selection of scatter cushions at M&S.

Buy it: Floral bright cushion, €27, pretty ladies cushion, €20, velvet cushion, €27, Taj print cushion, €27, alphabet cushion, €20, Louisa floral cushion, €35, elephant print cushion, €35, Jasmin embellished cushion, €40, Riya embellished cushion, €47.50, flying phoenix cushion, €35, vintage print rug, €80, all Marks and Spencer

Tile style


Moroccan tiles are a huge trend in interiors at the moment, but you don't have to do anything too drastic - or, indeed, expensive - to get the effect. Simply add a few tiles to a splashback, floor or fireplace, or invest in a cute accessory like this spice cabinet. Tight budget? Just choose a few tiles to put on a tabletop as coasters.

Buy it: Wood unit with ceramic drawers, €29.40 reduced from €42, Debenhams

Dip and twirl


You are not fully embracing the Moroccan vibe unless you bring it into the kitchen. Unlike the traditional Irish one-person-one-plate policy, in Moroccan households diners scoop up a selection of tasty bites from many bowls on the table. Try livening up your own dinnertime with this selection of pretty dipping bowls. Alternatively, with their glazed and patterned insides, the bowls are perfect for storing little trinkets or jewellery.

Buy it: Marakesh dipping bowls from €5.95,

Light up your life


Moroccan lanterns are one of the most recognisable parts of this interiors style. Used in groups or singly, these pieces cast magical shadows on their surroundings, especially when hung from the ceiling.

Buy it: Laser cut tealight holder, €13, laser cut hurricane, €24, Marrakesh lantern, €60, Saharan lantern, €13, Java lantern light, €80, Carrie lantern, €27, pillar candle, €8, all Marks & Spencer

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