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Exotic and Exquisite: 16 Ways to Give the Dining Room a Moroccan Twist

If there is one style that is a wonderful amalgamation of varied cultures, traditions, nuances and diverse backdrops, then it is surely Moroccan. A constant influx of ever-changing Asian, European, Middle Eastern and, of course, African influences has turned Morocco into a cultural crucible of sorts where all of these drastically different elements intermingle and coexist in a seamless fashion. Carrying with it an air of exotic opulence, timeless beauty and the magic of the Saharan landscape, this is a decorating style that is perfect for the unique and exquisite dining room.

 Exotic and Exquisite: 16 Ways to Give the Dining Room a Moroccan Twist
Stunning Moroccan dining room is a showstopper! [From: Riad La Terrasse des Oliviers – Marrakech]

A Moroccan dining room means different things for different people. Some might like the informal and colorful setting inspired by a Bedouin tent, while others might want to replicate the glitz, glamour and grandeur of the palatial homes in the region. Others could prefer a room with Moroccan-Tuscan style that borrows heavily from Spanish design. Irrespective of what your personal preference is, here are 16 dining rooms that usher in a dash of Moroccan magic in their own inimitable fashion!

Going Down the Classic Route

Traditional Moroccan design is full of color and pattern, and adding these to the dining room definitely gives it a quick and vibrant makeover. Archways, ornate windows and the striking Islamic keyhole design can create a smart entry to the dining room and also shape its windows and other architectural features, while bright and iconic Moroccan rugs can set the template for an unforgettable dining space. Warm, earthen hues and textured walls are another staple of the style, and if you want a dining room that looks truly Moroccan all the way, they are an absolute must.

Opulent Mediterranean Moroccan dining room with textured walls [From: Rosana Fleming / George Cott]
Opulent Mediterranean Moroccan dining room with textured walls [From: Rosana Fleming / George Cott]
More restrained touches of Moroccan design give the dining space a stylish Mediterranean vibe [Design: JAUREGUI Architect Builder]
More restrained touches of Moroccan design give the dining space a stylish Mediterranean vibe [Design: JAUREGUI Architect Builder]
Dining room finds a balance between Moroccan and Tuscan styles [From: Brickmoon Design]
Dining room finds a balance between Moroccan and Tuscan styles [From: Brickmoon Design]
Modern Moroccan dining room with a hint of glam [From: Embellish Interiors]
Modern Moroccan dining room with a hint of glam [From: Embellish Interiors]
Dining room at Royal Mansour Marrakech Hotel offers ample inspiration [Design: OBM International]
Dining room at Royal Mansour Marrakech Hotel offers ample inspiration [Design: OBM International]

A Lovely Blend of Styles

You need not go all the way with Moroccan style and can add a touch of its endearing charm to your existing dining room by simply making clever, subtle changes. Moroccan lanterns are the perfect way to get this done without actually splurging on a complete dining room revamp, and these glittering lamps can instantly bring in a relaxing Mediterranean vibe without ever altering the existing style of the dining space. Shabby chic, bohemian and Spanish colonial styles combine with Moroccan touches with ease, while a room divider with an indigenous pattern and colorful tiles can give modern and contemporary dining rooms a Moroccan zest!

Midcentury modern and Moroccan styles combined in the cheerful dining room [From: NDC Homes, Inc.]
Midcentury modern and Moroccan styles combined in the cheerful dining room [From: NDC Homes, Inc.]
Unique lanterns give the dining room a Moroccan twist [Design: Laura U / Photography: Julie Soefer]
Unique lanterns give the dining room a Moroccan twist [Design: Laura U / Photography: Julie Soefer]
Spanish and Moroccan influences brought together in the stylish dining room [Design: Allwood Construction]
Spanish and Moroccan influences brought together in the stylish dining room [Design: Allwood Construction]
Shabby chic coupled with Moroccan touches in the informal dining room [Design: Maryam Montague – Artisan Books]
Shabby chic coupled with Moroccan touches in the informal dining room [Design: Maryam Montague – Artisan Books]
Give the dining banquette a distinct Moroccan vibe with lighting and ornate pattern [Design: Maison Maison design]
Give the dining banquette a distinct Moroccan vibe with lighting and ornate pattern [Design: Maison Maison design]

Turn to Bold Color

Carved and ornate wooden sideboards, plush and bright-colored cushions and seat covers, and walls draped in hot red, mellow orange and lovely yellow; the Moroccan dining room allows you to express yourself in an unabashed fashion! If the contemporary dining room with a muted gray backdrop always felt far too boring, then try out this outlandish style this spring and you will surely fall in love with it. Wooden dining tables with a traditional bend and matching chairs feel apt in such settings, but mid-century icons like the Tulip table also work surprisingly well.

Fascinating, custom dining room creates a Mediterranean haven indoors [Design: Faiella Design / Photography by Marija Vidal]
Fascinating, custom dining room creates a Mediterranean haven indoors [Design: Faiella Design / Photography by Marija Vidal]
Warm yellow and bright red create a bold backdrop for this Moroccan dining room [From: Interiors by Myriam]
Warm yellow and bright red create a bold backdrop for this Moroccan dining room [From: Interiors by Myriam]
Decorating ideas for the modern Moroccan dining room [From: Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design / Lindsay Nichols Photography]
Decorating ideas for the modern Moroccan dining room [From: Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design / Lindsay Nichols Photography]
Colorful tiled backdrop brings Moroccan zest to contemporary dining space [Design: 4 CORNERS: International Design Concepts]
Colorful tiled backdrop brings Moroccan zest to contemporary dining space [Design: 4 CORNERS: International Design Concepts]
Bright and colorful modern Moroccan dining room [From: Studio Blu Interior Design / Luke Gibson Photography]
Bright and colorful modern Moroccan dining room [From: Studio Blu Interior Design / Luke Gibson Photography]

Want to try out this gorgeous style in other rooms as well? Here are 33 living rooms and bedrooms with Moroccan style for more inspiration!

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