With warm, vibrant tones used to create a homely, traditional feel, a Moroccan kitchen style is a popular option for 2018. A simple splashback or a tiled wall can be enough to evoke this look without requiring a complete kitchen redesign, helping to lift your cooking area and inject a splash of holiday feelings. If you are looking to recreate this style in your home, here are a few inexpensive ways to achieve it.
Tiles and splashbacks
Tiling a wall or using a patterned splashback is an excellent way to easily and affordably jazz up your kitchen. Moroccan tiles typically feature intricate, eye-catching patterns, and there are hundreds of different styles and colours available to suit your tastes. If you cannot decide, why not combine a few varieties in a patchwork design – one benefit of Moroccan style is that this mix-and-match style adds further character.
In the beautiful kitchen shown here, the tile design creates a focal point with striking patterns and blue tones, complemented by the light-coloured paint around the feature. Farrow & Ball’s Parma Grey or Borrowed Light offer similar colours if this is a look you would like to recreate in your home. The wooden worktop and shelves instil a traditional feel, but these tiles would work equally well in a modern kitchen.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to add a dash of Moroccan style into your home is to focus on the flooring; an often-overlooked kitchen feature. The change is often very effective and noticeable, whether it is a smart and sophisticated rug – like the one here, from Wayfair – or a completely new tiled floor. While tiling can be a bit costlier, the floor becomes a statement piece of your kitchen design. In this image, the pattern provides a contrast to the monochrome minimalism, but you may want to use the floorspace to play with fun colours and patterns.
Painting cabinet doors or replacing them for a different colour or style may feel like a small change, but it will make a big difference to the style and feel of your kitchen. Whilst not typically associated with a Moroccan look, a light, pastel colour will bring the outside in and freshen your cooking space up. If you combine painted cabinetry with the patterned tiles or flooring above, it will invigorate your kitchen with exotic, faraway vibes and provide a homely sanctuary – especially if the weather is a bit dull! For a similar look to this kitchen, choose Farrow & Ball’s Lulworth Blue on our traditional cabinet doors.
Ceiling lights often hang low enough to be in your eyeline, so it is important to consider their impact when you are creating a Moroccan kitchen style. Many different styles are available, from low-cost patterned fabric lampshades to ornate glass and metal sculpted lamps that could have been plucked straight from a souk. These industrial and vintage lamps strike a balance between the two extremes – still vibrant and classic, with enough of a hint of Morocco. They are frosted so will light up your kitchen tiles or floor very nicely, but different coloured lamps are available if you want to bathe the heart of your home in red, green or blue.
Cookware, tableware and accessories
Top off the Moroccan aesthetic by picking up some themed kitchen accessories. There are a variety of options available, from the lovely utensil pot in the photo to tea towels, patterned bowls and chopping boards – and much more besides. These items can add an authentic feel by themselves, without the need for drastically changing your kitchen, or can complement other styles.
If you have taken inspiration from these ideas and have decided to choose this gorgeous style for your kitchen, we would love to see your finished look! Get in touch on Facebook and Twitter, or send us an email.