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Get the Look: Passport to Morocco

Sadly, I've never been to Morocco, but I can recognize the country's distinctive design almost immediately. Lately, I've been seeing it everywhere, from design magazines to chain stores like West Elm and CB2. Despite my lack of first-hand familiarity with Moroccan style, I really do love this Passport to Morocco look — particularly for a living room or den.

With a look this lush, you should be careful not to overdo it. I'd suggest using somewhat neutral furniture that matches the theme but doesn't look too contrived. Then, indulge your serious Moroccan jones with patterns and accessories. To learn how to get the look,

The palette: Concentrate on rich but muted jewel tones like orange, garnet, ocean blue, and citrine green.

The furniture: For the main pieces, choose rattan or wicker furniture, such as this Williams-Sonoma Home Farallon Love Seat, that fits the theme but isn't explicitly Moroccan. Then, for accents pieces like stools, you can get more exotic.

Lighting: Obviously, you'll need some overhead lighting, but the main requisite here are cut-out metal lanterns. Hang them from the ceiling, scatter them on tables, and fill them with candles.

The accents: Skip the chain-store purchases and opt for authentic Moroccan accents. A ceramic tajine typically used for serving food would make great tabletop storage, while these Moroccan tea glasses add gilded flair.

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Lemerne Lemerne 9 years
I'm moroccan, so obviously i'm proud to see this! But i'd just like to point out that these decorations are rather "rustic", and morocco has much more to offer! But it's great to see that moroccan style is well known!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I love those lanterns! I really like that style, too.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I love these things. I'm thinking these would look really cool in a sunroom or screened in porch-type area.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
designmilk designmilk 9 years
I read My Marrakesh ( - it's such an inspirational blog.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
The lanterns are cute, and the other stuff is nice, just not all together. You have to be careful not to overdo a "theme" room because it's just too much of a good thing! Small touches keep them guessing.
abeethousand abeethousand 9 years
don't get me wrong, i love love love the moroccan look, but i'm getting a little frustrated with the constant linkage to the boring/expected interior design triumvirate of Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and West Elm. i'm considering referring to casasugar as elmsugar from now on. there are so many websites out there that offer interior design elements besides these three stores! especially with a distinct look like the moroccan vibe... for example: and that's just the first 3 websites i googled! it's not like they're hard to find... all i'm saying is, branch out a bit! i love this site because i'm able to see items and websites i haven't found yet, so great!! but so far, casasugar is a bit disappointing in that respect...and i want it to be so good! c'mon casa! be all that you can be! ; )
Tari007 Tari007 9 years
Lalalalaloooove it! I bought these white moroccan-style panels at West Elm that I can't wait to install in my bedroom! This style brings serenity to my place...
Jivespeaker Jivespeaker 9 years
Love the lanterns. Very cool!
girlboy girlboy 9 years
reminds me of this falafel place
oriav9 oriav9 9 years
the lanterns are very like the ones at Anthropology. I love the colors.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
i was also going to mention that when Target has its Global Bazzar in the Jan/Feb, this is a good place to get this kinda of stuff from.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
This is my fav look. My whole living/dining/kitchen area is this style. As soon as my house is built and moved in i will post pics !!
alynch9 alynch9 9 years
I really love those lanterns!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I love Moroccan style too. All these things are gorgeous
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
ooh I just completed a spa project where the concept was completely moroccan- every single details of theirs is just so intricate and beautiful- even their drinking fountains. morrocan design is just so rich and exotic with their mosaics n bright colours n stuff, Ive always dreamed of having a moroccan inspired bedroom!
NYShuls718 NYShuls718 9 years
Lovin' the Moroccan inspired design!
ktacce ktacce 9 years
So pretty! I just watched the Alanis Morsette MTV Cribs and she had lots of moroccan influences, so cute!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
adore the lanterns!! too bad i already have a whole black/white/neutral look going, accented with river rocks.
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
The pillows are so beautiful!
vienvien vienvien 9 years
I like the Morroccan style of decor
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I love the lamps and the pillows. So gorgeous!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
love love love the key table, stool, and lanterns!!!!!
millarci millarci 9 years
I love the pillow covers! The pattern and colors are beautiful. I also love that key table! However, I do agree with casasugar. You don't want to overdo the theme, because the different patterns will definetly conflict with each other. Adding neutral and solid color furniture is key to make it work.
xcarla xcarla 9 years
these things are beautiful. Cushions are best!!! I adore everything what he has some personal charm.... :)
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