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In this installment of the Around the World series, we will take a look at African interior designs and how to incorporate them into your home for an earthy look that is inspired by Africa’s rich history and culture.
Much of African décor is tan and brown, with splashes of bright red, yellow, and orange. Soft earth tones will make your condo feel open and comforting, while the more vivid colours will make each room burst with life. Contrast tan furniture with wooden shelves and décor in a dark brown. Then add a more vibrant painting, clay masks, and other works of art to tie the look together in a way that is uniquely African. Take it a step further by incorporating a love of music and dance with talking drums, kalimbas, and more.
Animal prints are common in African design. Try incorporating this theme in small quantities with animal print throw pillows and rugs, as well as paintings of wildlife in the African savannah.
Custom paintings and murals are stunning, and they add an artistic flair to your home. Choose a wall and paint silhouettes of people doing everyday activities, along with some mountains and bonsai trees to create a breathtaking mural that combines art and sophistication with African style and culture.
If you are renovating, consider replacing your tub with a clawfoot tub or free-standing shower and your sink with a water basin or vessel sink. Distressed walls adorned with clay masks and subtle floral arrangements will make for a stunning master bathroom. A half-wall next to the toilet would also provide additional privacy.
Wallpaper versus Painting
If you prefer to use wallpaper over painting, then you may want to consider decorative wall finishes and wallpaper with designs similar to animal fur, scales, etc. Create an exotic, leather look with a combination of plater-like and textured wallpaper.
African décor works well with most contemporary designs and furnishings. Play up Africa’s rich heritage with works of art, tribal décor, wooden bowls, bronze sculptures, handmade textiles, and more. Combine these with modern furnishings for a complete look that combines function and fashion in limited space.
Recessed lighting to highlight bookshelves and focal points (such as key pieces of décor) are a nice touch. Add some artistic flair as well with custom lights around the home. Overhead lights that look like branches breaking through your ceiling (below) would make an excellent addition to your African-inspired décor.
Credit: Sharon Nicolaci