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Michelle Sachs

I am an Interior Design Project Manager for Urbandale Construction, a local Ottawa homebuilder. I have over 25 years experience in the home industry, specializing in new home construction, light commercial construction and interior design. My passion is to share my love of design with everyone.
May 23 2018

Moroccan Influences

Morocco has a rich cultural heritage that is a combination of many different influences which reflect the diversity of this beautiful country. Various aspects of this heritage are evident in today’s design trends.

Intricately patterned floor and wall tiles, rich colourful textiles, delicate lanterns, arched doorways and soft comfortable seating are among the most distinguishable Moroccan décor trends. It is easy to incorporate this recognizable style into your own space. Here are some items to get you inspired!

Photo: 1 to 3 Design - Michelle Sachs

This former butler’s pantry was renovated into a wine room. I used an embossed porcelain tile from Peronda, available at Euro Tile. This tile is unique as it is actually 12” x 12” but printed with smaller tiles and grout lines to replicate weathered antique cement tiles. I kept all the woodwork and cabinetry clean lined, so the tiles and wine would be the center of attention!


Photo: Houzz Photo: Houzz - Ameilia Pearson Interiors

In this kitchen, a Moroccan style tile is used to highlight the backsplash behind the stove. A little goes a long way when using strong patterned or coloured tiles.

Photo: Anthropologie

Moroccan poufs in various textures and colours are not only versatile pieces, but are great accent pieces for your space. These can be used for additional seating or even a coffee table (with a tray on top) in any living space.

Photo: Houzz

Add some drama with lighting. Use a single pendant or several grouped together for a unique look. Perforated lanterns are inexpensive and provide instant ambiance with the interesting starry patterns. This is an easy way to bring some drama into any room.

Photo: Postmedia: Wayne Cuddington

For more inspiration, check out the Fairouz restaurant in Ottawa. Sample not only some delicious Middle Eastern cuisine but soak up the beautiful eclectic Moroccan inspired interior. The large Moorish black wrought-iron dividing wall and intricate wallpapers are sure to stop you in your tracks.

 As always be sure to have fun in your own space. - Michelle


Photo: Anthropologie
Photos: Houzz
Photos: Houzz - Ameilia Pearson Interiors
Photo: Postmedia: Wayne Cuddington

Wine racking system by Wine Cellar Solutions


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