A Subtle Moorish Look

I’m dreaming this morning about the holiday I’ve got planned to Cadiz in the summer. The sun, the seafood, the narrow streets and deep blue sky.  I’m also looking forward to seeing the Moorish influences in the town, and the small hotel where I’m staying has been picked based on its Moorish style rather than the Trip Adviser ratings of good service. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

However back in reality now, my trip is a little way away so I’ve been having a hunt around the latest offerings from some high street and online favourite stores to pick out pieces currently available that could bring a modern Moorish look  into the living room. I’ve taken inspiration from pictures found on National Geographic  encapsulating the colours and symmetry I associate with Moorish design.  I’m thinking vibrant tones, rich woods, golden hues and bold geometric design.

NG moorish (2)

This is my montage below.  The look can be further emphasised with soft furnishings and vibrant wall colours,  although I think it would look equally good against plain white or grey walls for a more subtle feel.

Colour & GeometryMoorish montage

….and here are the details of the above items

Sofa: John Lewis Duresta Vaughan Large 3 Seater Sofa, Umber Leg, Harrow Velvet Teal Green £2899. The deep colour, lavish velvety texture and structural splayed arms characterises Moorish design for me.  The sofa is also available in Navy Blue and Mustard both of which would fit the bill. Expensive I know, but I do like it – the classic design is very adaptable for longevity.

Coffee Table: John Lewis West Elm Marble Coffee Tale with brass metal base finish £599. This is a substantial statement table (78cm diameter) where the marble and brass deliver typical Moorish style.

Rug: Debenhams Blue Wool ‘Fresco Lattice’ Rug 100% wool, hand woven and tie-dyed finish styled with Moroccan motifs (120cm x 170cm) at a currently reduced price of £147.

Sideboard: House of Fraser Cleo Large 3 Door Sideboard, made from solid Mango wood with antique brass hardware, available at a currently reduced price of £570. The deep coloured wood brings warmth to complement vibrant Moorish colours, with the geometric design bringing modern simplicity.

Mirror: Wayfair UK, Herne Bay Mirror £87.99. Large metal mirror with piercing detail evoking the Moorish feel.

Floor lamp: John Lewis Joanna Floor Lamp in Mango wood £250, a table version is also available £95.  I love the tactile elegance of the curves in the rich wood.

Pouffe: Wayfair UK Souilac Pouffe by Castleton Home £107.99.  I choose this as the multitude of colours could easily fit into many decors.

Ceiling light: Marks and Spencer Tribe Pendant Ceiling Light £75 combing the wood and metal theme.

Use accessories to bring as much or as little colour variation to enhance the theme

Vases: Marks and Spencer, Lincoln Vase (blue) £29.50; Haywood Vase (green) £17.50

Cushion: Debenhams Echo Multicoloured ‘Jaipur’ Cushion £25

Throw:  Wayfair UK Grace Throw by Riva Home £28.99

There were far more pieces I liked than I could fit in the montage so I’ve added them to a Pinterest board.

Let me know what you think of my collection 🙂





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