Real Moroccan living rooms like this sumptuous one with its vibrant pink walls, perforated metal lanterns and velvet-covered banquettes designed by late French architect Jean-François Zevaco for the late Moroccan businessman Brahim Zniber are hard to emulate without the stunning carved and painted ceilings, dramatic windows and architectural arches. But the Moroccan living room has long been a well of inspiration for designers around the world, and Moroccan elements can be incorporated in any interior.
Moroccan living rooms are convivial spaces that include a multitude of seating options for gathering with friends and family, such as loungey low-slung banquette-like wrap-around upholstered sofas accented with large coffee tables or multiple small tables. Additional seating options often include classic Moroccan leather floor poufs, carved wood or sculptural metal chairs, and stools. Moroccan metal pendant lights and sconces are known for their sculptural look and magical shadow patterns when illuminated at night. Moroccan textiles include throw pillows in a multitude of textures, colors, and patterns, woven throws, and Imazighen rugs that work as well in traditional settings as in the mid-century modern interiors where they were popular and in contemporary homes today.
While unapologetically bold color and pattern is one hallmark of Moroccan design, it's also characterized by sculptural hand-crafted accessories in natural materials, like the classic white and black graphic patterns of Beni Ourain rugs, woven baskets, and textiles like wool pom pom throws and Moroccan wedding blankets. These Moroccan decor elements can add texture and interest to cookie cutter contemporary rooms, and mix well with mid-century, industrial, Scandinavian, and other popular styles to create a layered worldly multi-dimensional look.
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Interior designer Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design used some key Moroccan decor elements to infuse the living room of a classic Wallace Neff Spanish house in Pasadena with "an eclectic, well-traveled vibe" to suit her clients' lifestyle and experience. "I see how the vintage brass lamp, the shape of the fireplace, the vintage Persian rug on the ottoman and the wrought iron stools work together to create an Andalusian effect," Burnham says. "To keep the room from going too far in that direction (I never want a room to seem theme-y), we kept in mid-century touches like the womb chair and the Noguchi lantern over the table in the back of the room—as well as classic American pieces like the corduroy sofa and rugby striped drapes."Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Pastels and Warm Metals
This fresh, soft, modern Moroccan living room from El Ramla Hamra starts with a crisp white sofa accessorized with throw pillows that blend black-and-white graphics softened with hints of pastel pink. Warm metal accents like a traditional copper tea tray and a brass lantern complement the color palette and a textured rug completes the look.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Neutral Moroccan With Industrial Touches
The neutral palette of this living room design from El Ramla Hamra is given depth with textiles in dark colors, a graphic Beni Ourain rug, and richness with hand-crafted accessories like carved wooden bowls and candlesticks. Industrial touches like a rough hewn palette coffee table and an industrial floor light toughen up the look a bit, the bright white couch keeps it fresh and contemporary feeling, and the graphic woven Beni Ourain rug in a geometric pattern ties it all together.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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"From the King’s Palace in Marrakesh to all the charming riads in Morocco, I was inspired by the arches and bright, happy color," says Minneapolis-based interior designer Lucy Penfield of Lucy Interior Design. She gave the cozy window seat in this Mediterranean-style house a Moroccan-inspired makeover with Moorish arches. She accessorized the seating area with sculptural stools in bright colors and Moroccan leather poufs on the floor to create an inviting space with multiple seating options that is a nod to Moroccan style with a modern feel.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Neo Retro Moroccan Mid-Century
Moroccan style was popular in the middle of the 20th century, and many Moroccan interior design elements and objects have become so mainstream that you find them seamlessly integrated into modern interiors to the point that many people probably don't even recognize them as Moroccan. This high-spirited neo-retro living room by Dabito at Old Brand New includes Moroccan classics like a Beni Ourain rug, mid-century style armchairs, and bright, bold textiles everywhere that channel the Moroccan flair for color, pattern, and exuberance.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Streamlined With Moroccan Accents
In this contemporary living room, Dabito at Old Brand New creates a streamlined but vibrant space that features Moroccan textiles such as an Imazighen rug and floor poufs. Punches of color and patterned textiles on the sofa add warmth and joy to the living room design.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Covered Outdoor Living Area
This airy indoor-outdoor living room features traditional carved wood chairs, soaring breezy drapes and classic Moroccan metal lanterns that look sculptural by daylight and create dreamy intricate shadows on the ceiling at night.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Outdoor Living Rooms
The Moroccan climate lends itself to outdoor living and Moroccan homes have all sorts of al fresco living room arrangements—from rooftop living rooms with plenty of plush textiles and seating, plus an all-important shield from the burning hot sun, to side terraces with abundant seating for whiling the afternoon away among friends and family. Take a lesson from Moroccan style and make every living space, indoors or out, as inviting as the main living space.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Neo Retro Outdoor Living Space
Moroccan-style low-slung seating with clean mid-century lines plus plenty of colored, patterned textiles, a groovy rattan chair suspended from the ceiling, an abundance of green ferns, and a colorful patterned floor tile complete this fun neo-retro outdoor living room from Dabito at Old Brand New.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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A Moroccan Touch
If you are looking to dabble in Moroccan decor but feeling shy about taking the plunge, try sprucing up a contemporary interior like this all-white Swedish apartment with one well-chosen piece. Here an ornamental carved wood screen divider is painted white to respect the room's color palette, adding instant architectural interest and a touch of Moroccan style that harmonizes with the room.