Add Flair to Your Home With African Decor: Here’s How to Make It Look Effortless
From bright oranges and greens to calm earthy tones, African decor and style are globally known for their versatility, their vibrancy, and their unique mixture of materials.
Not only does African style simply look great and rich, but it also reflects tradition and culture that’s survived thousands of years.
After all, there’s a reason why every other fashion season we see African-inspired patterns, as well as full-on African looks on the catwalk. It’s truly a bottomless well when it comes to design and decor inspirations.
If you’ve been thinking about setting up an African style living room or integrating a couple of African decor pieces to your home, you’ve come to the right place.
Keep on reading for our full breakdown on African decor guidelines as well as the different types of decor pieces and materials that you should check out.
African Decor 101: The Basics
As with any other decor style, there are no rules here. You can create your own spin and style by strategically selecting a couple of decor pieces and call it a day.
However, if you truly want a high-impact cohesive look, then there are some basic guidelines you’ll have to follow.
Don’t Over Do It
We know how exciting it can be when you’re on a decor shopping spree.
However, when it comes to African decor, less is more. All you need to do is choose a couple of striking pieces, and place them in a central position in a room.
This way they can be the centerpiece of the living space, without giving the impression of a cluttered room or having too much going on in the background.
On the other hand, if you prefer a more well-rounded aesthetic with multiple pieces, you can concentrate them in one place. For instance, you can dedicate the lounge or the living room to be African style-inspired.
Doing it in a controlled manner will make the room pop, and will keep you from stretching yourself too thin stylistically, which can happen when you try to cover too much ground with the same aesthetic.
Begin With a Consistent Interior Style
The key to making your African decor shine is having a homogenous interior design as the backdrop.
The exact interior style doesn’t really matter in this case, as long as it’s streamlined and neat. Every single African decor piece can add the right touch of color and energy to a room, even if your interior design is monochrome in nature.
By having an understated interior style as your beginning point, you won’t risk having your African decor pieces disappear in the noise.
Pick the Right Palette
The importance of picking the right palette can’t be overstated.
Without having a concrete color palette in mind, a person can easily get lost in the colorful world of different African fabrics and decor pieces.
That’s why it’s key to start with choosing the right color palette for your room before taking a deep dive into the world of African home decor.
A great option for most people would be choosing earthy tones as their primary colors. Colors like cream, brown, taupe, and beige as all good options. You can also go for yellow or gold if you’re aiming for a brighter look.
The main benefit of selecting a more demure primary color is preventing any disruption of your basic interior style.
Furthermore, after selecting your primary colors, you can go ahead and choose a splashy accent color that’s complementary in nature to your primary color.
For example, you can go with olive green, burnt orange, or even rusty red. When you use any of these colors as accents, you’ll uplift the mood of the whole room.
Get Animal Print Designs
Nothing screams African design more than animal prints.
If you’re looking for something to decorate your walls, then going with an animal print rug, or even animal print curtains can transform a room’s look in an instant.
In addition, you can always pair up animal print designs with other decor pieces like wooden animal sculptures. For example, a piece like this turtle stool can pair up wonderfully with an animal print design in the background.
Match Your Materials
In order to have a wholesome and cohesive African-inspired room, you’ll have to keep a close eye on the different types of materials and fabrics you’re using.
From different fabrics to wood and bone, African decor uses a plethora of different materials. Therefore, it’s critical to coordinate your fabrics with your wooden sculptures and vases.
You can do so by matching ‘loud’ pieces with demure rooms with solid colors. Also, you can place the heavily textured patterns with simple wood sculptures. For example, a piece like this turtle stool
This way, you won’t have a single piece outshine the other. Or worse, having the pieces negate each other.
Diversify Your Decor
The thing is, African decor doesn’t start and stop at animal design prints or even wooden masks.
African decor pieces include hand made fabrics, which can be tribal or nature-based. In addition, there are furniture pieces like tables and stools with brass inlays.
You can also explore hand made baskets and bags that can be used as delightful decor pieces that are a bit understated.
Furthermore, it would be a pity if you didn’t add a solid wooden craft or two. This category of African decor is limitless, with masks and statues as the more common types.
However, you can also take a look at tribal shields if you’re looking for something truly unique.
Needless to say, in order to have a full-fledged African inspired bedroom or living room, you’ll have to diversify your decor pieces.
Learn More About African Artistry
African decor can bring life to the dullest of rooms.
We hope that by going through our deep dive into the ABCs of African decor and design that you’re more comfortable with starting your search for that perfect decor piece.
However, that was simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to African art and artistry. You can meet the artisans behind the creation of these stunning pieces and check out their stories.
Also, make sure to check out our blog for more African artistry content as well as decor tips and tricks.