Let your bathroom transport you by introducing the colours, finishes and patterns of Morocco.
If you want to give your bathroom scheme an exotic twist that’s oh-so stylish to boot, think Morocco. Introducing the key elements of this highly decorative and sophisticated look will transform your room, making it the perfect place to relax and spend time. It’s an easy style to create, too.
Decide on your colour palette
Whether you prefer muted mineral shades, or a bolder colour scheme for your bathroom, you can still get the Moroccan look. Love cool, calm tones? Choose walls paints, tiles and accessories in off-white, pale stone and grey. Hammered metals are typical of Moroccan style, so look to reproduce these with metallic finishes, too. These elegant accessories (below) from Sainsbury’s Home will complement a mineral colour scheme beautifully.
Want a more cocooning bathroom? Choose a different version of the Moroccan palette. Start with the deep sea blue that’s so typical of Moroccan interiors. Add in rich jewel tones of red for the perfect contrast and introduce highlights with shades of gold and yellow. Whichever palette you opt for, a row of hamam towels in shades that continue your colour scheme will help create the right vibe in your room. These are from the Hamam Towel Company.
Bring in pattern
To evoke authentic Moroccan style in your bathroom, pattern is a vital element. Geometric motifs are key, so think zig-zags or diamond shapes for window treatments such as blinds, as well as for bath mats.
Alternatively, hang wallpaper with a geometric motif. For maximum impact, position your chosen wallpaper design behind a freestanding bath and remember that the usual rules apply: your room needs to be well ventilated, and you shouldn’t let any of your nearest and dearest who splash in the bath share your Moroccan spa-style bathroom.
Fretwork is also a must-have ingredient in any Moroccan-influenced scheme. To dress up plain bathroom walls, why not hang a fretwork panel? They’re a great alternative to artwork to create a rich and interesting room scheme. If wall space is short, don’t worry. Consider mirrors with fretwork frames, storage furniture with fretwork panels, or you could even swap a plain bath panel for a fretwork version.
Create light patterns
Lanterns that cast intricate shadows are typical of the look. Metal designs with punched-out pattern or glass and metal designs will look fabulous on display all the time, and their candlelight will create a wonderful ambience for a long relaxed soak in the tub. (And we’re not nagging, but do remember to extinguish candles properly when you’re done.)
Short on space? Try a row of tea light holders with geometric etched pattern, or in typical Moroccan jewel red and rich blue tones.
Dress up your room
Have fun with decorative accessories, too. The Moroccan look is full of detail and ornamentation, so there’s no room for minimalism here. Show off vases with typical pattern and silver-effect trays or dishes. Tiles with Moroccan-look motifs look pretty on a shelf or other surface. Check out these fabulous designs from Dunelm Mill.