How to make African motifs work in an urban home

The African continent is filled with gorgeous tribal prints and patterns so here's how to make these motifsat home in your modern house

1, Mix and match your patterns

This sleek living room shows off its tribal prints at their very best by layering these squares of pattern on top of one another. Due to their sheer nature and similar tones the overall effect is subtle yet still striking. We also love that the throw and ottoman pick up on these prints and continues the theme throughout the room which could have otherwise looked like a very neutral, urban living space.

2, Make the most of muted tones

To add some brighter colours into the mix without going fully tropical, ground the d├ęcor with rich organic hues before layering up the look with a hanging in the same embracing palette. This wall hanging is actually a Linie Designs rug repurposed to enhance the orange and gold in the Zoffany material on the cushions.

3, Use subtle texture changes to maximize the theme

Make the most of your urban African theme by introducing various textures into the mix, but keep these minimal to ensure the look stays fresh and modern. Try naturally textured walls, like this great use of Hobie cotton by Zinc Textiles, a simple feather trim, raffia chair and earth-coloured flooring.

4, Turn up the contrast to keep the look fresh

To echo one of the most eye-catching colour combos in the natural world, layer a monochrome scheme with geometric motifs for an urban, modern twist on African style. Even the oversized palm print on the sofa goes from loud and garish to chic and sty in these black and white tones.

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