African interior styles range from rustic to modern. Depending on the region you choose for your interior design inspiration, you can expect to use unique textiles and hand-carved furniture to add an exotic touch to your home. Start with the rooms where you spend the most time, placing authentic African style furniture and accessories at the focal point of each room. Below are some elements that build furniture with African style.
Color is important to any décor. This is especially true of a room decorated with Africa as a theme. Rich earth tones in brown, gold, rust and orange bring to mind the African plains, while multiple tones of green resemble the shades of the jungle. Vibrant sunsets can be mimicked by using deep reds and blues. Look to nature for inspiration. From the pyramids of Egypt to the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and the snow-capped majesty of Mount Kilimanjaro, the range of colors available to choose from is seemingly endless.
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Texture gives depth to any room décor. Textiles, animal prints, baskets and natural fiber materials can help to give the room ambiance. Hand-painted cotton or woven fabric with traditional African geometric patterns, symbols and bold colors can be used on pillows or as table coverings. Faux fur can be used as rugs or as a throw over a sofa or chair. Natural materials such as sea grass and bamboo are used to create baskets, floor coverings and accents. All will add dimension to the room itself.
African-style furnishings range from rich, dark mahogany to light and airy rattan or wicker, and what you choose will depend upon the feel you wish to invoke in your room. All the African style furniture will have elements of nature involved. Animal-print cushions or woven-cane decorations give the “safari” feel to the pieces. Leather also features prominently, whether as an accent feature for on an ottoman or the upholstery on an entire chair.
Accessories and artwork become the focal point in a room decorated with the African continent in mind. Statues of tribal chiefs in full regalia, animal figures or warriors can be placed on shelves or tabletops. Scenic paintings or photographs can be placed prominently on walls and surrounded by tribal masks and weaponry. Colorful candles in wrought-iron holders and bowls of brightly colored wooden and copper beads can grace a side or coffee table. Keep your accessories simple and uncluttered to make the most impact.
Learning about the country’s culture will give you additional insight useful in choosing the right African style furniture and decor.