Known for its vibrant colours, intricate designs and mixture of textures, Moroccan style has become one of the most significant trends of the year, as shown by the worldwide success of North African handicraft products – such as Berber rugs, raffia baskets, metal lanterns and decorative Moroccan tiles. So much so that artists from all over the world have decided to make the Moroccan style their hallmark, as is the case of the Belgian designer Laurence Leenaert, founder of the LRNCE fashion label. She decided to move to Marrakech just a few years ago with a just an idea, and today her studio is one of the obligatory stops in the Moroccan city.
This piece will give you ideas on how to bring this style into your home, adding some extra colour and creating a unique appearance, full of patterns and life. A simple way to do this is by using ceramic tiles, which are very long-lasting and extremely easy to install and keep clean. They are suitable for most walls and floors throughout your house and are available in so many different designs. The first thing to do is decide where to place them and, once you have done that, picking the right Moroccan tile design for you.
Where can Moroccan style tiles be used?
You can use this type of tiles almost anywhere. However, there are some places where its use is more recommended, such was kitchens, bathrooms, entrance and reception areas and living rooms.
Moroccan tiles for kitchens
Today, kitchens are the heart of the home, the place where we share our time with family and friends. That is why we should make this space a place you want to be, a reflection of our personality and style. Using Moroccan tiles is a foolproof way to add an exotic touch to the room, either as a wall or floor covering. You can also create a focal point, choosing one element of the room, like the kitchen island, and cover it using patchwork prints.
Moroccan tiles for bathrooms
The creative shapes and intricate design of Moroccan tiles draw the eye directly to the space and instantly makes a feature wherever they are used in a bathroom. They work equally well in either a modern or traditional setting and can be used on bathroom floors or walls, or even both at the same time. Pair them with black fixtures and decorative accents to transform the look and feel of the entire room.
Moroccan tiles for entrance or reception areas
A small entrance hall is the ideal spot to lay Moroccan tiles. They are remarkably durable, easy to keep clean and dust free, which makes them a very attractive option for high traffic areas. Try pairing white walls with patterned tile floors to create an area that makes your home shine from the moment you walk in the door.
Moroccan tiles for living rooms
Another interesting idea is using Moroccan tiles in the living room, creating a cosy atmosphere around the fireplace or defining space with floor transitions (as you can see in the picture below).
What kind of tiles goes with you the most?
There’s a Moroccan tile for every situation and every kind of person. For that, we bring you a selection of some different designs that you should bear in mind before you start looking for the one that works with your own style.
Patchwork Moroccan tiles
If you like the game of contrasts and colours, this tile is perfect for you. It creates an eye-catching effect in your kitchen that will intrigue your guests, especially if you combine them with white cabinets.
Vintage Moroccan tiles
If you want your house to have a vintage aesthetic, choose a retro wall tile to cover your backsplash or vintage patterned tiles to create a feature floor. It will transport you back in time.
Black & White Moroccan tiles
If you are looking to give a distinctive touch to your room but your style is slightly neutral and minimalist, opt for black & white patterned tiles. They will provide a point of contrast without looking too gaudy.
Geometric Moroccan tiles
If you want to enlarge the space, geometric patterns are an essential piece in achieving this. They allow you to generate a feeling of greater amplitude, increasing the depth of a room.
Monochrome Moroccan tiles
The Arabian-styled mosaic tiles, also known as zellige, zillij or zellij (which means ‘small polished stone’ in Arabic), make spaces more dynamic through different colours and textures. The beige, white and nude colours of these ceramic pieces combine perfecly not only with rustic-stlye furniture but also with minimalist designs.
Now is your turn. Choose your favourite Moroccan tile and create a unique style in your home.