It only felt right after the success of Black Panther to write a blog centred around African inspired Interiors. The movie highlighted the best qualities of Africa and it was clear to see the amount of research that was undertaken, and the attention to detail. With so many successful African Designers, it felt right to celebrate them. Africa is often identified with bright tropical colours, and people find it difficult to translate this in less sunny climates. I would like to take this opportunity to show you both tropical and neutral tones can work in harmony.
Home Details & Artwork
Perhaps one of my favourite areas to write about, art is a great way to break up an interior and create a focal point. It offers creativity and great energy for space. Our Nelson Mandela portrait is always a popular choice amongst our customers. To add finer details, I love collecting objects from around the world, at the moment I'm currently out of space. I believe this shows off an individual personality that only you can create. Great details can include carvings, for the floor/table or as a wall piece. Another style I have a big crush on is woven bowls used as wall art, this creates a great talking point, and is available in various styles. To take it one step further, why not introduce botanical greenery into the mix, in woven baskets. This looks great in all seasons and opens up the space making it light and fresh.
What is a home without lighting, more specifically Copper Dust lighting? Our double tier lampshades have been our most successful to date, the collection was tailored by popular demand to be suited for table and floor stands. At the beginning of a new collection I always like to predict, what I feel will be the bestseller, 9/10 I'm always wrong. I was surprised by the release of the City Collection, customers opted for the bright and bold finishes, which reflects the need for colour in muted settings. Here are some of your picks as chosen by you.
I love the work of Yinka Ilori, who initially started out as a furniture designer, he has since curated large-scale installations across the world, with his playful pieces. Here are some of my favourites. Looking for luxurious comfort try these elegant cocktail chairs from Graham and Green. Designed to create a statement, which maintaining excellent quality and finish. The style can work in an eclectic or neutral interior.
Rugs are a great way to create a cosy section in a space. It adds warmth and texture to space. It is very important to get the size and shape right, to suit your space. I especially love the Osupa rug by leading Interior Lifestyle Designer Eva Sonaike. This rug would work really well being paired, with a coffee table filled with either magazines/coffee table style books or small home details of your choice. Want to go large and dramatic why not choose the Ojo rug.
Here are some of my favourites African inspired interiors taken from our Pinterest board.
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