Rich tribal room design ideas – 10 of the best 2013

Take a look at our pick of the best tribal room design ideas and trends, from exotic colour combinations to tribal-inspired prints

Warm up your space with an earthy tribal design and our pick of the 10 best room ideas that embrace this African-inspired interior theme. Think abstract textiles influenced by ethnic art and faux animal-print features such as zebra-striped upholstered chairs.

The tribal theme is quite a rustic look to pull off but you can have a lot of fun in the process. You might like to start by ditching the carpet and smoothing down the floorboards until the bare wood grain is exposed for that completely natural feel, then throw down vibrant rugs or replica cowhides to add a touch of warmth and luxury.

There are many decorating options for the walls. Don't worry if the plastering is not up to scratch - the more rugged the better with the tribal style. Paint the whole room in neutral colours for a more subtle approach, and layer on colourful accessories afterwards like Moroccan-inspired printed cushions, throws and ornate baskets.

Alternatively, if you want colour on the walls try toasty terracotta hues. Deep green and charcoal also work very well, bringing home the true tones of nature. Wallpapering is another easy way to perfect the tribal look. We love animal-print papers and bold botanical patterns.

When furnishing your rich, tribal living area, go for natural materials like wood and rattan tables, chairs or beds, and introduce colour with textiles and native art.

For a dramatic tribal-designed bedroom, we've thrown a black and white dogstooth quilt onto bright orange bed sheets and hung contrasting geometric prints on the wall.

Mixing authentic pieces with modern furniture also works well to bring the tribal style into the 21st century. Take inspiration from our mustard-yellow living room. We've combined a sleek yellow zebra-print upholstered sofa and a high-gloss contemporary-style table with a cowhide rug and exposed deer antlers.

Browse through our showcase of more brilliant tribal designs to find a look that works best for you.

1/10 Decorating with tribal designs

outdoor dining area with ikat tablecloth and rattan walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tom Leighton)

Brighten up your outdoor seating area with a bold tablecloth in an exotic ikat design. Team with colourful accessories and potted plants for a Moroccan feel.

Jim Thompson

2/10 Relaxed living room with tribal cushions

relaxed living room with tribal cushions and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Tim Young)

Create a country-inspired tribal room design with neutral furniture piled high with plenty of exotic throws and cushions.


3/10 Animal print bedroom

animal print bedroom with tribal print wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tom Leighton)

Embrace tribal design with a multitude of patterns in shades of the same colour - perfect for creating a modern, cohesive look.

Brunschwig & Fils

4/10 Living room with tribal rug

living room with tribal red rug

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kristin Peters)

Use a mixture of brightly designed fabrics and dark wooden furniture for a distinctly Moroccan feel.


5/10 Green dining room with printed tablecloth

green dining room with printed tablecloth

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Bevan)

Team rich, luscious greens and crisp white with natural wood for an earthy look. A tribal printed tablecloth adds a contemporary edge.


6/10 Yellow living room with zebra print sofa

yellow living room with zebra print sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Tom Leighton)

Mix an over-sized zebra print with an striking rug designed to look like animal skin - perfect for a dramatic tribal scheme.

Turnell & Gigon

7/10 Tribal living room with leaf-print wallpaper

tribal living room with leaf print wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Mel Yates)

Love bright colour? Choose a leaf themed wallpaper to draw the eye up and create the feeling of light and space.


8/9 Living room with ikat fabrics

living room with ikat fabrics

(Image credit: Future PLC / Spike Powell)

The tribal look doesn't have to be cold. Team terracotta and chocolate coloured patterns with bold ikat designs for a warm, country-style look.

Lewis & Wood

9/10 Bright tribal bedroom

bright tribal bedroom with green headboard

(Image credit: Future PLC / Kristin Peters)

Want a dramatic look? Mix bright green and orange fabric designs, with modern furniture like this glossy yellow bedside table.

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10/10 Dark living room with animal theme

dark living room with animal theme

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Alexander James)

Hang unusual pieces and animal prints on navy coloured walls for a darker tribal look.

The French Thief

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.