Africa is an exotic place that will delight and be remembered forever as soon as you see it. If you love this part of the world but can’t go there, you can always bring this flavor into your home and create African-inspired interiors. Such rooms are perfect for countries with long winters, just to add some warmth to the interior. What distinguishes the African decor?
Light walls and warm colors
Traditional African houses are mud-walled huts. So if you want to add an African flair to your interior, finish your walls with something similar: plaster of paris or textured wallpaper, and remember that the shadows should be warm. In fact, African nature is always warmly colored, and you should repeat this function in your home too: yellow, orange, ocher, burgundy, red, brown, buttermilk and so on.
Dark wood furniture, ethnic or animal skin upholstery
Dark wooden furniture, easy-going and artisanal, is a characteristic feature of the African interior. They should be square. For the upholstery, choose ethnic prints or artificial animal skins to perfectly highlight the interior. You can opt for rattan or woven furniture for outdoors, it is also suitable for African interiors.
African statuettes, ceramics and masks
Wooden statuettes and masks are a sacred object in the life of African tribes, and of course there is 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 add an African flair to your interior, even if they are minimalist.
Ethnic textiles and artificial animal skins
Leopard and zebra prints are number one for textiles and upholstery and of course for carpets because such carpets really create mood. The weaving of carpets and textiles has been a tradition for African women for many centuries and creates unique patterns every time. So get some ethnic rugs and textiles like curtains, bedspreads, and sheets. If you don’t buy the originals, you can easily find African-inspired textiles.
There are other ideas that can help you design African interiors: palm leaves, natural materials and accessories, especially wood and woven, oversized photos of Africans for a modern feel, and so on. Get inspired!