Rock the Casbah: Channel Moroccan Boho with floor cushions and accessories
For centuries Morocco has acted as a melting pot of people and cultures; from indigenous Berber tribes to French, Arab and Spanish settlers, and many more from the east and west. Famed for its bustling souks and picturesque mountains, it’s a country rich in history and tradition, the influences of which are reflected in the architecture and design of Moroccan buildings, homes and interiors.
This unique blend of Berber and Islamic style is what makes Moroccan interiors so distinctive. Keyhole arches and giant doors, intricately patterned, ceramic-tiled floors and walls, jewel-toned, richly embroidered textiles and an abundance of intricate lanterns are just a few of the elements that spring to mind when thinking of Moroccan boho. It’s not just these beautiful features that make the style so appealing, it’s that their combination creates an atmosphere which is simultaneously relaxed, vibrant and luxurious.
Moroccan boho offers an opulent eclecticism. Part of its charm is that a little goes a long way and it work in all kinds of spaces; with a few well-placed floor cushions and clever use of colour you can bring the souk right to your sitting room. Here we show you how to embrace the style, both inside and outside.
How to bring Maroccan Boho to your sitting room
The first thing to think about when incorporating Moroccan style is your colour palette. Moroccan colour schemes are a reflection of the country’s environment; a base of rich earthy tones infused with vivid reds, yellows and oranges nods to the desert whilst deep blues and inky indigos echo the sea. You can go all-out with painted walls or integrate these tones more subtly with furniture, textiles and accessories. One of the most important elements of Moroccan interiors is seating. Rather than having a structured sitting room, Moroccan living spaces are more relaxed and informal. Seating is typically low to the ground, which automatically creates an inviting aesthetic, and comprised of large pouffes, floor cushions or armless sofas. More like a bench than a traditional English sofa, a Moroccan version is designed with plenty of people in mind, often spanning the entire width of a wall or encircling the room, which reflects the cultural value that is placed upon spending quality time with family and friends.
Bring this idea home by embracing a more fluid and boho layout in your sitting room. Start by creating a focal point with a large coffee table, or more than one if you have the room. With its low profile and classic leather upholstery the Abbotsford Ottoman works perfectly. Scatter large floor cushions around it to create an intimate and open seating area – with colourful embroidered kelim patterns our Alanya and Karaman cushions are ideal. Their bright tones and embroidery reflect what is seen in Moroccan design today, which is inherited from traditional Berber craftsmanship. The nomadic people used to weave textiles using wool from their flocks and colour them using plant dye; different colours represented different tribes and areas.
A chaise longue is also an excellent addition to a Moroccan-inspired space, it conjures just the right amount of relaxation and luxury and tends to sit closer to the ground than a sofa. Our comfortable Norga is perfect for the job when layered with plenty of richly coloured velvet and embellished cushions, such as the Halki which is crafted from tactile Tussar silk.
How to bring Maroccan Boho to your garden
In Moroccan homes, colour is important everywhere. But if colour-washing your entire sitting room feels like a step too far, then why not consider it outside instead? It works wonderfully in smaller spaces, like a walled courtyard or patio, as it brings them to life; sunny yellow or warm, rusty orange will create a summery feel all year round.
There’s nothing better than dining alfresco and Morocco does this particularly well (although it does have a much warmer climate on its side). Firstly, set your boho scene with a bright and bold rug. A geometric design like the Trivandrum allows you to mimic the ceramic-tiled floors of Moroccan homes with ease. Much like original Berber rugs, it features deliberately frayed edges; the tribespeople would often burn the edges of their rugs as ancient beliefs held that doing this would ward off evil spirits.
Add more pattern with floor cushions. The Tantallon works equally well creating a picnic area as it does as seating at a low table for a relaxed dinner setting. Vibrant ceramics on the table nod to the boho style whilst elegant glassware ensures that the look remains sophisticated. Of course, it couldn’t be a Moroccan-inspired setting without lanterns, the history of which is as diverse as the style. Traditional lanterns draw on ancient Islamic culture, decorating them with specific motifs was a way of achieving spiritual wisdom. A hanging lantern creates beautiful patterns of light and will ensure you enjoy your Moroccan-style garden until well after dusk.