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How to achieve the Moroccan look in your home

PUBLISHED: 00:00 28 May 2019

A warm, muted colour palette
Credit: Charlotte Bertenshaw & Mike Atkins

A warm, muted colour palette Credit: Charlotte Bertenshaw & Mike Atkins

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Anissa Damoussi, owner of SO Marrakech in Altrincham, tells us how to bring the heat of the souk to our homes.

Moroccan geometric patterns on handmade ceramic cups
Credit: Charlotte Bertenshaw & Mike AtkinsMoroccan geometric patterns on handmade ceramic cups Credit: Charlotte Bertenshaw & Mike Atkins

What is Moroccan style?

Moroccan style celebrates traditional craftsmanship, which is still very much alive across Morocco. With a focus on natural materials, vibrant colours, bold patterns and intricate designs, it is extremely diverse, so no matter what your personal style, there are many ways the 'desert boho-chic' look can fit into your home.

What does it bring to the British home?

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Moroccan interiors can bring an instant warmth to any home. Yves Saint Laurent once said, 'Marrakech taught me colour', and the vibrant city has inspired interior designers and artists for many years, particularly in the UK. Brought together well, the increasingly popular Moroccan boho style can evoke a strong sense of calm and relaxation.

How to do it well...

To avoid turning your chosen space into a bazaar, with a total mish-mash of colours and patterns, start with a muted colour palette that will tie the whole room together. Add focal pieces in your chosen palette, such as a wool rug, leather pouffe and heavy cotton throw.

You can then build on your base palette with accessories, providing pops of the rich colours of Morocco. Silk embroidered cushions, colourful glazed ceramics and a flat-woven kilim style rug. Experiment with layering patterns such as mosaic 'zelige' designs, and colours including burnt orange, emerald green, lemon yellow and of course the famous Majorelle blue.

If you don't want to re-do an entire room, look out for beautiful handcrafted accessories that are both useful too, such as ceramic bowls or cups, or Moroccan style lighting that casts patterns of light across the room.

SO Marrakech

George Street, Altrincham

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