African interior design and home decor

African decorating ideas are taking over the interior design world. While each and every country in Africa has its unique style, interior design ideas usually incorporate neutral, earth tones combined with vibrant splashes of colour.

African decor is inspired by nature, wild animals, colorful fabrics and wood carvings. 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 at home or in the office.

The animals of Africa have and will always be a central theme in the continent’s artwork and fabrics. The colors of these animals will also help in determining the overall pallet. Grey, brown, black, white and beige are all fairly neutral colors which make great wall and floor colors. Black and white animal photography or original African artwork of animals always makes a bold statement when decorating.

There are a number of textile options from the various countries within the great continent of Africa. In West Africa you will find hand painted and batiked options in pillowcases, tablecloths and placemats. Decorative Batiks that depict the everyday African life also make interesting and vibrant art works to hang on the wall.

 Carved wood sculptures are a strong tradition in Africa. African artifacts such as handmade leather purses and pouches, walking sticks, smoking pipes and even warrior masks and shields make interesting decorative pieces.

Contemporary African décor’s not about cluttering a room with masks, tables, chairs, pictures and carved wooden ornaments or statues.

Accent stone wall designs or whitewashed wall decoration, rustic wood boards, wooden tiles or laminate materials created with exotic wood types are excellent African decorating ideas that look spectacular with handmade wool rugs, woven or knitted textiles and bright room colors.

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African designs look great with traditional and contemporary home furnishings. Modern kitchen utensils and carved wood dishes, bowls, vases, bronze sculptures and handmade textiles make gorgeous accessories that emphasise an African feel.

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