33 Striking Africa-Inspired Home Decor Ideas

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Africa is an exotic place, which excites and stays on your mind forever, once you see it. If you love this part of the world but can’t go there, you can always bring this flavor to your home creating African-inspired interiors. Such rooms are perfect for countries with long winters, just to add some warmth to the interiors. What are the characteristic features of African décor?

Light Walls And Warm Colors

Traditional African homes are huts with clay walls, so if you want to bring an African flavor to your interior, finish your walls with something similar: plaster or textural wallpapers, and remember that they shades should be warm. Actually, African nature is always warm-colored, and you should repeat that feature in your home, too: yellow, orange, ocher, burgundy, red, brown, buttermilk and so on.

This Africa-inspired bedroom has light walls and various shades of ocher used for decor and textiles

This Africa-inspired bedroom has light walls and various shades of ocher used for decor and textiles

This modern space was accentuated with a traditional ceiling and woven basket lamps

This modern space was accentuated with a traditional ceiling and woven basket lamps

This calm bedroom boasts of a cool headboard and warm-colored traditional texiles that remind of Africa

This calm bedroom boasts of a cool headboard and warm-colored traditional texiles that remind of Africa

Warm colour palette and dark espresso furnishings and decor with 2 torch wall sconces flanking a large art work

Warm colour palette and dark espresso furnishings and decor with 2 torch wall sconces flanking a large art work

Shades of ocher, carvings of wood and the artworks make this living room terrific

Shades of ocher, carvings of wood and the artworks make this living room terrific

Chic ethnic dining room design with ocher-colored furniture and African pottery

Chic ethnic dining room design with ocher-colored furniture and African pottery

Buttermilk walls, spears and a faux zebra rug create an ambience here

Buttermilk walls, spears and a faux zebra rug create an ambience here

Dark Wood Furniture, Ethnical Or Animal Skin Upholstery

Dark wooden furniture, slightly mannered and artisanal, is a characteristic feature of African interiors, it should be angular. As for upholstery, choose ethnical prints or faux animal skins, it will perfectly accentuate the interior. You may go for rattan or woven furniture for outdoors, it’s also suitable for African interiors.

A chest lined with pillows as a mock bench for the entrance

A chest lined with pillows as a mock bench for the entrance

Dark woven bed and matching side tables of wood and metal

Dark woven bed and matching side tables of wood and metal

Dark wood chairs upholstered with ethnic woven fabrics and matching pottery on the wall

Dark wood chairs upholstered with ethnic woven fabrics and matching pottery on the wall

A woven table and wooden stools amde by African artisans and the Kuba cloth

A woven table and wooden stools amde by African artisans and the Kuba cloth

Dark wood bench with a woven seat and ethnic pillows

Dark wood bench with a woven seat and ethnic pillows

a worn carved dark wood bench with dark pottery for outdoors

a worn carved dark wood bench with dark pottery for outdoors

Carved console table with a zebra-printed ottoman and African artworks

Carved console table with a zebra-printed ottoman and African artworks

Rattan dining chairs and an African vase for decor

Rattan dining chairs and an African vase for decor

Singita Castleton Lodge, Sabi Sand, Kruger, South Africa. Agency HKLM. Art Director: Paul Henriques. Stylist: Georgina Pennington. Photographer: Mark Williams. 10/11/11.

Singita Castleton Lodge, Sabi Sand, Kruger, South Africa. Agency HKLM. Art Director: Paul Henriques. Stylist: Georgina Pennington. Photographer: Mark Williams. 10/11/11.

African Statuettes, Pottery And Masks

Wooden statuettes and masks are a sacred object in the life of African tribes, and of course, there’s no African interior without them. Get a variety of figurines with the wrong proportions, with deliberately elongated legs or hands, masks with feathers and various African pottery to decorate your home. These pieces are exactly what you need to give your interiors an Africa feel, even if they are minimalist.

Beautiful masks, raffia cloths, stoneware ceramics, and Namji dolls

Beautiful masks, raffia cloths, stoneware ceramics, and Namji dolls

Bold collection of African masks which echoes with the chairs in the colors

Bold collection of African masks which echoes with the chairs in the colors

A collection of African carved masks on a bedroom wall for a statement

A collection of African carved masks on a bedroom wall for a statement

Painted African baskets on the wall

Painted African baskets on the wall

Namibian statuettes and pottery on framed shelves

Namibian statuettes and pottery on framed shelves

African pottery and wooden bowls displayed on shelves with hidden lights

African pottery and wooden bowls displayed on shelves with hidden lights

African bowls diplayed on the wall as a bold decor feature

African bowls diplayed on the wall as a bold decor feature

Masks on the wall and a basket used for holding towels

Masks on the wall and a basket used for holding towels

Painted wooden masks in an Africa-inspired living space

Painted wooden masks in an Africa-inspired living space

Ethnical Textiles And Faux Animal Skins

Leopard and zebra prints are number one for textiles and upholstery, and of course for rugs because such carpets really create a mood. Weaving carpets and textiles are a tradition for many centuries for African women, and they create unique patterns each time. So get a couple of ethnic rugs and textiles like curtains, bedspreads, bedding, if you don’t buy the original ones, just find Africa-inspired textiles.

African mud cloth table cloth, handmade using an all-natural dying process in Mali

African mud cloth table cloth, handmade using an all-natural dying process in Mali

Kuba textile to make a statement on a bedroom wall

Kuba textile to make a statement on a bedroom wall

Faux zebra skin rug in a living room

Faux zebra skin rug in a living room

Bedding inspired by African motifs

Bedding inspired by African motifs

Handwoven African mud cloth pillow cover

Handwoven African mud cloth pillow cover

Vintage fabric woven from raffia-palm leaf fibers for wall hanging and cushions

Vintage fabric woven from raffia-palm leaf fibers for wall hanging and cushions

Cowhide rug from IKEA is a great alternative to a real one

Cowhide rug from IKEA is a great alternative to a real one

Textiles here create a mood and theme, warm-colored pillows and traditional tribal rugs scream Africa

Textiles here create a mood and theme, warm-colored pillows and traditional tribal rugs scream Africa


There are more ideas that can help you with creating African interiors: palm leaves, natural materials and accessories, especially wooden and woven ones, oversized photos of African people for a modern vibe and so on. Get inspired!

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