I’ve always been interested in Moroccan decor! The bold use of color, exotic tiles, and bohemian textiles. On a recent trip, I saw all of this inspiration in person. I studied how they used color and natural materials to make a space feel cozy and inviting. Every courtyard and Riad had it’s own unique style, and I was excited to SEE it ALL!!!
As a Virgo (Earth sign), I gravitate towards Earth tones and neutrals! These calming colors reflect my unobtrusive and modest personality which instantly relaxes me. Off whites, cremes, beige, tans, terracotta, browns and blacks. They also incorporate natural materials such as basket lampshades, terracotta pots with pomegranate and olive trees, black and white cotton or wool rugs, and gorgeous pillows for a splash of color.
Not only do I love these colors for interior spaces, but they monopolize my closet too. I always feel my best wearing neutrals.
Warm Desert Tones
I also LOVE the warm, rich, fiery colors of the desert. Especially for a “pop” of color. I love Kilim rugs and these passionate pillows. Don’t they look cozy?? The Moroccan’s mix and match a range of colors, patterns and textures without appearing chaotic or distracting. It looked as natural as the brick buildings and basket weave lights.
Normally, feel overwhelmed by “busy” patterns and bright colors but in Morocco, it worked!! The soft sunlight somehow makes the patterns appear delicate and romantic and when it’s done well, it looks STUNNING!!! (I fell in love with this jade color tiled floor). Moroccan’s make bold patterns and color exciting – but also well balanced.
Where to See Great Design in Marrakech
One of the highlights of my trip to Morocco, was seeing the decor. I enjoyed everything from the traditional tiles in the the Palaces and schools to the more modern look of the Riads and cafes. Most of the decor is inside courtyards and restaurants so peek in doorways and explore. Here are places I enjoyed for design inspiration:
- Visit the Yves Saint Laurent museum for a look at one of history’s most influential fashion designers and modern architecture. The Majorelle Gardens is right next door for a look at his brightly colored villa and gardens (go early to avoid the Instagram crowd).
- The Bahia Palace is where you can see the opulent tile work that defines Morocco – read about it here.
- Nomad is a casual restaurant with beautiful design. Each level is so inviting, it’s hard to decide where to sit. Be sure to peruse the store at the entrance.
- Cafe Atay is another casual place with fun, Boho Chic decor
- Limoni Cafe had the prettiest interior courtyard. Go for lunch when the light is especially magical.
- Chabbi Chic is a tiny shop at Nomad Restaurant. It carries pretty kitchen ware and products with prices so there is no need to haggle. Check website for additional locations.
- Riads – each Riad is a work of art and I wanted to see them all. I booked a private dinner at one just to go inside. For a minimalist look, try Riad 42.
Moroccan decor is all about texture and a bit a drama and it’s popular right now with the painted tiles, poufs, and patterns. For home ideas, see here. I bought a rug, a few pillows and a bowl that I absolutely love. If you go, I suggest packing light to leave room for a few special treasures.
For other articles on Morocco – like how to safely navigate the Medina in Marrakech – click here.