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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, read more

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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