Tile by Style: 5 Ways to Rock a Moroccan Kitchen
The rich colors, flowing lines, and ornate patterns of Morocco’s design style are a feast for the eyes, and if you’ve ever wondered how to bring that feast into your own kitchen you aren’t alone: Moroccan style translates beautifully into kitchens. In fact, spicing up your kitchen with Moroccan flavor may be easier than you think.
Whether your style is traditional, modern, or somewhere in between, there's a way to incorporate Moroccan design. Cozy up with a glass of mint tea as we show you five ways you can work Moroccan style into your kitchen.
1. Tile, Tile, Tile
The perfect spot to showcase your unique design eye, Moroccan-inspired tile can be incorporated into almost any space in your kitchen. Common areas include floors, walls, and countertops, but the most popular place to install tile is as a backsplash, functioning as both an artful statement piece and a durable backdrop for the occasional splatter from a night of food prep (bonus points if you’re cooking delicious Moroccan cuisine).
Have a handpainted Moroccan tile you absolutely love? Tile all the way up your wall to achieve an authentic, showstopping look. The kitchen below accents its handpainted tile with a border of Moroccan-inspired Star and Cross Tile.
Moroccan style doesn't have to be all about color. A well-placed Handpainted Kasbah Trellis backsplash adds a graphic pop above the stainless steel oven in this bright kitchen.
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These soft pink Star and Cross tiles bring just the right amount of flair to this otherwise simple kitchen. A woven lamp shade and wood elements help to tie the Moroccan inspiration together.
2. Incorporate Nature
Natural stone, stucco, and textural wood are all elements of Moroccan style that can be brought into the kitchen through architectural aspects or decor. If you’re lucky enough to have a lush outdoor area near your kitchen, treat it like your own Moroccan riad! No outdoor area, no problem–create a mini-riad experience indoors with houseplants.
The exposed stone and wood beams in the warm kitchen above beautifully complement the matte, two-toned Star and Cross Tile backsplash, while the kitchen below features a large window showcasing a lush courtyard that adds as much modern Moroccan flair as the Ogee Drop tile backsplash.
3. Embrace Bold Color
While earthy neutrals are an integral part of a Moroccan-style palette, rich color is just as important–so if you love color, don't be afraid to show it off. Channel Morocco’s neighboring ocean and dramatic desert skies with tantalizing teals, golden yellows, and more. The result will be an unforgettable one.
Pull up a rattan stool and enjoy some traditional Moroccan food as you soak in the desert-sunset-inspired tile backsplash in the kitchen below.
In this loft kitchen, high-contrast colors combine in geometric Handpainted Tile to add a Moroccan twist amidst the modern black cabinetry.
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4. Add in Accent Rugs
While many aspects of this design style are long-lasting, textiles, particularly accent rugs, can help to add a colorful Moroccan feel in an otherwise neutral kitchen and can easily be swapped out down the road.
Alternatively, turn up the bold color on the walls and balance it out with neutral rugs on the floor like in the kitchen below.
5. Architectural Elements
Rounded, fluid lines are a hallmark of Moroccon design that will stand the test of time in any space. Enjoy beautiful design for years to come by adding architectural arches or rounded lines into your kitchen through entryway arches, arched stove hoods, niches, and more–be as creative as you want!
The kitchenette above proves you don’t need much space to incorporate beautiful lines, as the tiled countertop gives way to a softly rounded corner. Below, an arched entryway and mirroring pantry door provide architectural eye candy in a wall of gorgeous green tile.
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