How to organize the interior in African style?
The interiors in ethnic style give a complete sense of the culture of the country that is chosen as the base, give identity to the dwelling. African style in the interior is fraught with the charm of a hot summer, the heat of an exotic country. It is very exotic and at the same time very common in our country, and thanks to the use of natural materials, it is now just at the peak of fame.
Photo: interiors of African-style hallways
The basis of the style is the general features of African culture, which were formed over the centuries under the influence of the landscape, climate, and the surrounding nature. When creating such an interior, the designer takes fragments of the decoration of the dwellings of various African peoples inhabiting various areas. In this regard, in the general African style, there are two main ones:
- Moroccan; - Egyptian.
Before you start working on a specific room, you need to decide whether it will be a fully African-style room with its characteristic features, or only details and some elements will be brought into the interior of the room.
To highlight the direction are typical for the African continent ornaments, primitive images, objects of art. Their combinations are very bright, bold and unusual.
Photo: Moroccan living room
Photos: living room in Egyptian style
Photo: modern African-style kitchen
Room decoration: floor
A stone floor is not just one of the decorative elements, but a solution dictated by necessity. In Africa, such a cold floor will make it more comfortable to stay indoors.
Tip: If the goal is to embody an African style in the interior in mid-latitudes, a floor heating system should be installed under the stone covering.
Another option is parquet flooring. It will fit well into the African interior, especially if it is laid deck method. Bamboo coatings are a good alternative to stone. They are sold in the form of laminate or large slabs. The decoration of the floor is a woven carpet, which is made from colored threads.
The illusion of presence in this African hut will help to create special plates of bamboo. They are attached to the crate of the suspended ceiling or glued directly to the ceiling plate. A more original version involves the installation of dark wooden beams in the area of the ceiling. Bamboo stalks or reeds are laid on these beams. If you conceived a simpler design, it is enough to paint the ceiling in white or another warm color. Decorate the interior in African style fixed at the ceiling draperies.
Photo: bamboo ceiling in the interior of a country house
The simplest version is the wallpaper. They can imitate the color of the animal's skin or the skin of reptiles. There are a lot of ways to combine wallpapers. It looks good combination of wallpaper of one tone with color. This style direction allows the walls to be painted in a light shade of warm colors or even in white.
To make the interior brighter, perform a painted curb, or simply decorated with African patterns. On the walls, you can make an imitation of cracks resembling dry African soil, or put the outlines of animals.
A common design move is the use of decorative plaster, which must be aged in a special way. For kitchen and bathroom fit tile, imitating the skin of reptiles, or mosaic.
Part of the walls or any fragment can be trimmed with a fabric with an ornament printed on it. However, for rooms with high humidity this option is not suitable.
Photo: decorating the wall with a mural
Photo: wall decoration bamboo wallpaper
Furniture and decor items
African style in the interior involves the use of various objects of applied art. African aesthetics emphasize statues of people, animals, ritual masks, sculptures made of clay, dishes made of wood.
Tip: For the decor of a large, spacious room, use large floor jars, vases decorated with African motifs.
The best furniture option is wicker rattan furniture. It fits perfectly into an African-style room. The traditional element for such an interior - carpets. They should be with a bright, contrasting pattern. In addition to carpets for the floor, the skins of animals that live on the African continent are used.
Walls, furniture and furnishings can be decorated with a pattern of animal skins. Typically, the skin of a tiger, zebra, leopard, giraffe is used. Textiles also occupy an important place in this interior. Flax and unbleached cotton are used.
Photo: wicker furniture
Photo: various objects of applied art in the interior of the room will emphasize African aesthetics
Although the African style in the interior suggests the use of animal skins for decoration, there is a tendency to replace natural materials with artificial ones. Stuffed animals, which were also used as an element of the interior, are no longer used.
African style is one of the most dynamic, energetic styles. It is hidden vitality and faith in magic. We can confidently say that its popularity will not subside, and the style will develop and respond to new fashion trends.