Moroccan Design Color Palette

By Sarah

Medina in Rabat

Color is never shy in Moroccan design. Bold blues, rustic oranges, tropical greens mix with metalic accents. Flavors of vegetables like eggplant and olive, spices such like saffron and cumin, and fruits like the barbarian fig offer further color inspiration.

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The African sun seems to pulsate a few inches above your head, and at noon the sun can bleach the world white. This is when you put on a hat and search for shadows. This is when Moroccan latice work shows its true brillance. From the shadows you can watch time pass as the latice work grows like a vine over the ground.

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The African sun changes color. A good designer sets the stage so that the light of Moroccan day has the proper tools to play with. Alas, in DC I live in a three-story house that gets barely any natural light. I set out to duplicate a hint of the feeling of color and light in Morocco. Of course, this is impossible to do without the sun and its movement though the day.


I’ve read over and over again that dark colors make spaces feel smaller, but in the picture below what looks further away, dark colors of light?


Imagine how the archways in a mosque or medrasa would look without the contrast between light and dark? Would you feel the space at all if it were all an equal shade of white?

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I say contrast is the key. Use it wisely. If the sun does it for you; great. If not, paint some contrast into your life.

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The above color choices offer contrast and highlights that integrate custom Moroccan products store-bought goods in the States.

With a bit of contrast, a few bold shapes, and a dash of the unexpected, you can keep your mind a bit more engaged with your surroundings. May these colors bring a sense of grounding and haromony to your home as well as mine.

From the looks of Fall catalogs by Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn, jewel tones will be in supply for the winter. Now is a great chance to go Moroccan with you interiors. The multi-purpose function of a Moroccan salon suites modern lifestyles and fashion trends. Bring on Bohemian style!

8 Responses to “Moroccan Design Color Palette”

  1. carol Says:

    trying to go moroccan for the bathroom , medium size with a large stained non see through glass window , counter tops have black and light brown speckles , so i need any color ideas , if you can i would appericate your suggestions

  2. Jessica Says:

    I have been to Morocco and was fortunate to go with friends that are from there. Bathrooms are simple in design. Lots of marble and travertine for bathing. I am also a colorist by trade. Paint is your best bet. Try monocromatic palates. You can add a little flair to the window with a textile that has lots of pattern. Mixing patterns is a huge part of Moroccan design. Just a little hint on mixing patterns; try using differnt scales together. For instance, if you have two stripes just make sure the pattern is different meaning one small stripe and the other being medium or large. Mix colors! I hope this helps. jessica

  3. Pearl and Maple Says:

    Recently found your web space and really enoyed reading your inspirational posts about Morocco and their use of colour. Could you tell me while the doors are so often painted blue there? Just curious, it is very striking.

  4. Says:

    I wrote a few posts on the topic of colors and doors that may be of interest to you: and Thanks for the feedback!

  5. irma Says:

    Nice design.. exotic, try this site there are morocca furniture

  6. sahar ezz Says:

    i want you to send me planes about Morocco house and sections and elevation

  7. Says:

    I am not an architect and I don’t know any Moroccan architects.

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