How to pull off a modern African interior

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How to pull off a modern African interior

As an African living in Africa, you know that to achieve an African motif you cannot merely place an animal trophy on the wall and call it a day. The design concept of a modern African interior is much more nuanced than that.
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Take inspiration from nature

This is not to say you should fill your living room with sand. As is true of all interior design, less is more. So make use of patterns found in nature – but they don’t have to be as on the nose as zebra stripes or cheetah print! A well placed African zig-zag pattern is just as effective at capturing the vibe you are going for.

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Geometrics are your friend. Experiment by mixing these ideas with your neutral colour base to create something unique. Prints are very popular in all African cultures and can be observed all over the continent. Make use of splashes of bold prints on canvas or pillows to bring a space to life with African-inspired vibrancy.
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Wood and fabrics will always represent the elements of an African interior. Do not underestimate a solid wood table’s power to make a statement; it can be the centre point of a room that catches and deflects plenty of natural light. Wood, with its deep hues, will enrich your space and the neutral tones of wall paint Paintcor provides. These aspects alone serve as the basis for your design concept.
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Choose one bold colour to connect the neutrals

Whether it be orange, green or red, choose a bright colour to subtly break the monotony that one might expect from neutrals. When used strategically, the bright colour will enhance the neutrals rather than detract from their natural allure. The colour should only be used to pepper the room with colour; if it draws too much attention you have overdone it.

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Texture is as important as colour

Using different textures throughout the room will bring your Afro-chic style to life. Make use of wicker furniture and even textured art on the walls. Better yet, create a feature wall!

A textured wall can be the hero of your African inspired décor. By using a textured wall coating like RippleTex you can achieve a ripple-textured wall – just make sure you use the right roller and technique.

South African paint manufacturers have created a range of paints to suit your choice of colour and the African climate. Paintcor is leading the march on style and practicality!

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