African Inspired Decor has become an up and coming style influence in interior design trends. The natural materials and earthy aesthetic suits the sustainability focus of interior design. The importance of modern African décor is to focus on one area or accent style. This won’t overwhelm the space that could lead to a kitsch style. Here are just a few ways to add African inspired decor to your space.
Geometric patterns- typify African decor
These patterns can be a great way to add vibrancy and color in an interesting way. Geometric patterns characterize cloth and textiles in African cultures. The simple lines combined together create interesting designs. Adding geometric patterned throw blankets or pillows remain a perfect way to honor African culture, allowing for color and interesting contrast.
Rattan and wicker
Natural material such as rattan and wicker are commonly utilized in African interiors. The woven technique and natural material add textures of nature into rooms. Round flat baskets are a hugely popular wall art trend in 2020/ 2021. By adding patterns and vibrant colors to baskets they become a cheap and easy accent piece to any room.
Rattan and wicker lighting can also give an African aesthetic. It can create beautiful patterns and warm lighting to your space. Minimalist chairs made of rattan are a perfect way to ensure your space remains modern and avoids the kitsch.
Adding African Colors
African inspired décor particularly focuses on beautiful earthy toned colors. Rustic natural tones and hues are used often to become a part of the landscape of grasslands. Colors such as browns, ambers, and soft greens compliment larger scales.
Of course, vibrancy is a huge part of the visual in African décor. Patterns often involve many vibrant colors. Deep reds, vibrant pinks, sky blues, and sunshine yellows combine well in the same décor pieces. This can be a wonderful way to bring interesting color to your space or a statement piece.
Lastly, the use of different natural materials is a way of bringing an African feel to your space while still allowing the room to be minimalist, modern, or whatever your chic style may be. Natural materials such as wood, clay, and even leather (pleather for those who disagree with animal products) are materials to use and include in furniture.
African décor accents, when keeping a minimalist influence in mind, are a fantastic way to bring this 2021 trend to your space.
The article was written by Christine Fay Smith
“Christine is a freelance lifestyle writer who focuses on interior and hospitality design. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Christine has embraced her knowledge of the visual world with her passion for culture and the exploration of visual experiences.”