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.
Ideas for Decorating Your House with African Style Furniture
Bathroom Oasis – Turn your bathroom into a scene from the Serengeti with a wood tub surround, South African paddle plants and bamboo reed window coverings. Paddle plants have large, flat leaves and need bright light to survive, so remember to place your plants adjacent to a window. Place small beeswax candles around the tub. Install a double vanity and place two small wooden masks in between the mirrors. Drape a textured fabric, such as hemp cloth or cotton gauze, from the ceiling over the bathtub as the finishing touch to your serene oasis.
Moroccan Foyer – Moroccan doors are known for their ornate carvings and designs. Replace the front door of your home with a Moroccan-style wood door. You will need to have a professional contractor install your doors to be sure the unique shape of your Moroccan door is fitted appropriately. In the foyer or entry way to your home, complete the “Old World” style with paint in a faux crackle finish. “The dramatic appearance of crackle takes on the characteristics of aged metal patina,” explains Sherwin Williams. Add an earth-toned Moroccan rug and rustic candelabras to an antique armoire to complete this look.
Bedroom – African hardwood poster beds can be found in a variety of styles to fit the size and ceiling height of your bedroom. If your room opens to a patio or floor-to-ceiling window, choose a poster bed that comes in the style of a daybed with a linen canopy on top. A daybed is an upholstered couch that can be converted into a double bed. A white duvet decorated with bold-colored throw pillows is a modern touch for your African decor. Accent the corners of your room with a Wolof prayer mat laundry hamper and Kenyan soapstone floor vases in neutral shades. A large wooden ceiling fan adds a finishing touch to this room.
African style furniture 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 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.