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Moroccan Influence in Design

March 8, 2012 4 Comments by Peggy Pardo

From the keypad of Peggy Pardo…

So, I was talking with Regina about some inspiration photos I was collecting on Moroccan design for my guest room makeover. (Can it really be considered a makeover if you never really “made” it the first time?) She told me about a great book Maryam of the blog My Marrakesh wrote; it’s called Marrakesh by Design, and it’s to be published by Artisan Books. I can’t wait to get my copy!

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share some of the photos I found that show fabulous examples of Moroccan design. Then in another post, I’ll give you some tips on what you can do to create a room with Moroccan flair.

I’ll start with three spaces that are 100% Moroccan. The tile work is exquisite in this first photo…

Moroccan dining alcove

My favorite features in this room are the amazing arches and columns…

Moroccan room

Here is a closer view of those wonderful columns…

Moroccan outdoor space

 Source: Borsaat

Moroccan design doesn’t always have to be jewel tones. This entire room is done in softer colors; including the intricate work done on the ceiling…

Moroccan bedroom with fireplace

 Source: Elle Decor via Apartment Therapy

Of course, if you want to stay with the jewel tones there are lots of options available to you. I love the wall treatment in this space…

Moroccan style

Source: That Bohemian Girl

This bedroom adds a touch of Moroccan design by way of the silk fabric used on the wall behind the bed and the detailed design on the headboard. Did you also notice the ikat fabric on the sofa…

Moroccan style bedroom

Source: Design by Lisa Fine, Photo by Simon Upton for the November 2008 Elle Decor

Speaking of Moroccan arches, this room makes a bold statement by way of large arches stenciled on the wall…

Moroccan arches stencil on wall

Source: Designamour

Moroccan arches aren’t the only way you can bring that style to your room. Check out the design used on this wall. It was done with a stencil from Royal Design Studio’s Moroccan line

Moroccan stencil Royal Design Studio

Source: Royal Design Studio

Over at Casa Sugar, they created this beautiful Moroccan inspired wall using a stencil…

Moroccan stencil bathroom wall

Source: Casa Sugar

Bringing a bit of Moroccan design to your space can be done with small touches or broad strokes. It’s all up to you and what you want. I’m looking forward to showing you how to create this look so that you can have the Moroccan inspired room of your dreams. As they said in the “old days”, stay tuned for more!

Cheers to all,

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  1. rima
    1016 days ago

    Hi Peggy,

    The 1st picture is incredible, so many designs colors and patterns and yet it does not feel overwhelming, the detailed work is incredible, it reminds me a little of Beit Eddeine, in Lebanon, the summer palace for the President of Lebanon.
    You are so right about the columns and arches in the second one, I love them and wish I had them in my house.
    I was alos intrigued by the black and white one, as several months ago I asked my daughter to redo my business cards and we cameout with a black and white design so similar to the design in the room.
    Thank you so much for this article, I can’t wait for to see what you are going to create.


  2. Peggy Pardo
    1014 days ago

    Hi Rima! Thank you for commenting. I’m so glad you liked the photos. Moroccan design is so beautiful; I had to write about it. I’m excited to share more with our readers!

  3. Neo Perez
    343 days ago

    Where can I get the large arch stencils like the 7th picture. The one of the living room. Like how the room stands out. The large Moroccan arches!

  4. Regina
    343 days ago

    Hello! Try Modello Designs – they cut custom stencils to size for whatever works for your project. You can send in a pattern you like (like this image) and/or choose from their design library. We hope that helps!

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