Africa is a beautiful exotic place with rich cultural heritage and unique interior design. Designers are inspired by African culture for a number of reasons. For some, it is the dream of a photographic safari landscape, while others appreciate it from a cultural history perspective. Whatever it is that inspires you about African decor, there are plenty of ways to incorporate some timeless pieces into your own space.
African style is exciting and fits anywhere, whether your taste is modern, traditional, minimalist or eclectic. There are so many colors and textures in African fabrics, carvings and works of art, that it is easy to integrate them into your current design. African decor is inspired by nature, wild animals, colorful fabrics and wood carvings.
What are the characteristic features of African décor?
African nature is always warm-colored, and you should repeat that feature in your home, too: yellow, orange, ocher, burgundy, red, brown, buttermilk and so on.
African decoration and art become the focal point in a room, decorated in an African style
Wooden statuettes and masks are a sacred object in the life of African tribes, and of course, there’s no African interior without them. Statues of tribal leaders in full regalia, animal figures or warriors can be placed on shelves or tabletops as well as dramatic paintings or photographs on the walls, surrounded by tribal masks and weapons. 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 give your interiors an Africa feel, even if they are minimalist.
Weaving carpets and textiles are a tradition for many centuries for African women, and they create unique patterns each time. Leopard and zebra prints are number one for textiles and upholstery, and of course for rugs because such carpets really create a mood. Kuba cloth and Mudcloth are traditional African textiles that are showing up in some of the most exclusive homes.
Kuba cloth is created by the Kuba people of the Congo. They create the cloth by taking the leaf of the Raffia tree hand cut and dye them using mud, indigo and other natural resources. The fibers are weaved into strips to make the fabric using an embroidery technique that’s very time consuming and laborious.
The world of high style interiors has embraced Africa in a big way. Some of the world’s most influential interior designers are using traditional African textiles and patterns in homes for design inspiration.
So scroll down for the best ideas of incorporating Africa into your home.