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.
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.
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.
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.
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!