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Tile by Style: 5 Ways to Rock a Moroccan Kitchen

Posted by: Kali • Sep 17

Tile by Style: 5 Ways to Rock a Moroccan Kitchen

Image: Desire to Inspire

Colorful spice markets, bustling bazaars, sumptuous textiles, elaborate mosaics, Casablanca--when it comes to Moroccan design, it has a way of tapping into wanderlust-stricken hearts and our desire for something off the beaten path. For those who prefer the road less travelled, a Moroccan-inspired kitchen can help to quench your thirst for adventure. Tile is a longstanding tradition in Moroccan design that goes back centuries. Richly-glazed mosaic pieces and design seem to sparkle against the country's primarily dry, Mediterranean landscape. Strong and durable, ceramic tile was also a practical building material that was sturdy enough to stand the test of time. It's still a popular choice for traditional Moroccan homes today.

Image: Elle Decor

Now more than ever, Moroccan tile can feel right at home among almost any kitchen design. The timelessness of Moroccan tile designs can be partly attributed to their versatility. Whether your style is traditional, eclectic, or contemporary, there's a way to incorporate Moroccan inspiration into your kitchen. Today, we'll show you five places you can add a splash of well-travelled flair into your kitchen decor. 

Image: Splendid Sass

1. The Backsplash

The backsplash is a no-brainer. The perfect spot to showcase your unique design eye, a Moroccan tile backsplash functions as both an artful statement piece and a durable backdrop for the occasional splatter from a night of food prep. 

Image: Bohemian Homes

Handpainted Tile Shown: Grandola in Cool Motif

Contrary to popular belief, Moroccan tiles aren't all intricate designs and elaborate mosaics. By using sunny, Mediterranean-inspired palette, you can achieve a Moroccan-style kitchen with a solid backsplash without committing to a single design. Simply mix in decorative pieces that you can easily swap out as your style evolves. This kitchen echoes Moroccan style beautifully with its arched shelf and metalwork lantern. The square yellow tile in a straight set design sets a warm and sunny tone. 

Image: Architectural Digest

Image: Habibi Interiors

Moroccan style doesn't have to be all about color. These arabesque-inspired Ogee tiles bring just the right amount of bohemian flair to this otherwise simple and rustic kitchen. A cluster of metal pendants help to tie the room together while adding a sense of intrigue. 

Image: Lush Home

Tile Pattern Shown: Ogee

Have a handpainted Moroccan tile you absolutely love? Don't be afraid to go all out! Using matching backsplash and floor tile can help to achieve a lively and authentic look. Top it off with your favorite collection of souvenirs and mementos to create a collected look.

Image: From Moon to Moon

Handpainted Tile Shown: Padma in Warm Motif

2. The Floor

Floor tile is also a common constructive and decorative element in Moroccan design. It's also a great way to incorporate all sorts of imaginative patterns into your kitchen design without feeling overwhelming. If you love a particular shape, like this Ogee pattern, a neutral hue is a foolproof way to incorporate it into your overall design. A textile, like this beautiful rug, can help to add a splash of color but can be easily swapped out for something else down the road.

Image: Emily Henderson

Checkered tile patterns are also a popular motif in Moroccan design. We love how it adds a playful touch to this otherwise dark and romantic kitchen. 

Image: My Paradissi

And if you love color, don't be afraid to show it off. A Moroccan palette is all about bright and bold hues in the tantalizing teals and golden yellows, so if the mood strikes, go for it! The result will be an unforgettable one. It's also a beautiful and lasting alternative to rugs and mats.

Image: From the Right Bank

 

Tile Pattern Shown: Herringbone

3. The Countertop

To make a Moroccan-inspired kitchen feel truly authentic, a tiled countertop paired with a handpainted backsplash can lend itself to traditional style. It can also withstand the heat from pots and pans fresh off the stove.

Image: Architectural Digest

But even if your design sensibility veers on contemporary, a Moroccan tile countertop can be just the thing to add a splash of whimsy to your space. We love how this brightly colored tile is incorporated into this concrete countertop, making it the perfect spot for morning coffee and casual meals. 

Image: The Kitchn

4. The Shelf

A smart and stylish way to save space, recessed shelving is becoming commonplace in kitchens of every style. It's also the perfect spot to offer just a taste of Moroccan design and add an element of surprise to your space. It can also act as a small statement backsplash, so you might be able to splurge a bit on your favorite tile design without breaking the bank.

Image: The Kitchn

Image: This Old House

5. The Pantry

Last but certainly not least, the pantry offers an unexpected opportunity to bring Moroccan style to your kitchen. Often overlooked, the pantry offers endless opportunities for trying colors and patterns you love that you might be hesitant to use elsewhere. The best part? You'll have a little Moroccan paradise waiting for you every morning as you reach in for the cereal.   

Image: Decor8

Do you want to bring Moroccan style into your home? Order samples online now! Need some help? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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