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09 Aug 2011

With Africa right on your doorstep, invite it in and bring it into your décor scheme.


The visual tapestry of African décor  is woven with the use of rich fabrics in an array of textures, vibrant beadwork and basketry in geometric designs and vivid hues, handmade clay pottery in energetic colours, and traditional artwork.

African décor encourages harmony with the environment with its kaleidoscope of earthy colours and natural materials. Earth tones such as browns, yellows, gold and burnt orange, with fabrics in a wide range of patterns and colours to complement any decorating style. Contrasting colours tend to mimic the scenery of the African region itself, with deep reds, sky blue and shades of green that offer a glimpse of the breathtaking landscape that surrounds us.

Incorporating this style of décor into a home creates a relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere with its blend of African influence and old world style for an overall effect of a natural and comforting environment.

With its roots in rituals and tradition, accessories found in African-themed décor connect with the past yet offer new materials and a more modern take. Faux Zebra rugs in bold black and white patterns, faux leopard upholstered accessories, basket weave rattan chairs and accessories, bold ethnic prints, genuine leather furniture with scattered cushions in bright African prints and designs, and sold, dark hand crafted pieces. The earthiness of a few African embellishments offers the homeowner a unique setting, while so easily blending in with the rest of your home decor.


Decorating Tips:

Be influenced by the breathtaking colours of an African sunset. Browns, gold and oranges are the perfect foundation colours on which to add splashes of green, red and blue.

Textures play an important part of African style. Add natural accents such as straw mats, baskets and plants to quickly add texture to a room. Leopard and zebra prints on a rug, throw or pillows will add just a touch of African influence. Be on the look out for traditional hand-painted fabrics, woven cloths and cotton textiles to complete the look.

From primitive tribal masks to intricate mahogany sculptures, African Art is prized around the world. For your walls, hang primitive weapons, tools or tribal masks. Tribal handcrafted instruments and dried gourds will also lend an African appeal to your home. Browse flea markets for authentic African pieces that you can use to decorate your home.


Basket ware that offers typically crafted and simple geometric designs can be used for wall décor and additional storage around a room.

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