Using ‘African style interior design’ vs. ‘European style interior design’

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We often tend to reflect largely on western designs that owe their origin to the various European nations and tend to come across our mighty African style far less frequently than one would like.

African decoration is inspired by nature, wild animals, colorful fabrics and wood carvings. Whatever it is that inspires you about African decoration, there are plenty of ways to incorporate some timeless pieces into your own space at home or in the office.

The animals of Africa have and will always be a central theme in the continent’s artwork and fabrics. The animals that appeal to most decorators are elephants, lions, leopards, zebras and giraffes. From wood carved animal napkin holder to a faux zebra rug, the possibilities are truly endless.

The colors of these animals will also help you in determining your overall pallet. Grey, brown, black, white and beige are all fairly neutral colors which make great wall and floor colors. Wood in its various forms is an important constituent of the African design scheme. You have plenty of choices here with cedar, ebony or African mahogany among many other popular wood types. If you are opting for a full-fledged African look, then artifacts and earthenware are also a great way of expressing the theme in its truest form.

Furniture in the African interiors: usually wooden, decorated with carvings, woven rattan, or wrought iron. Floor is usually decorated with woolen rug using traditional African patterns.

 

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Living room in African style

 

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Living room in African style

 

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