Inspired by nature, interior design influenced by the African continent is not for the faint hearted.
It is a strong look reflected by the power of the different mammals that survive there and the tribal people who live in the hot climate.
The landscape is quite harsh and full of contrast; associated colors are black, gold and white. Lush vegetation and towering trees are serving the giraffe and elephants, the dusty ground, a bathing ground for other beasts.
If you have an existing neutral palette in your home then some carefully chosen African art will provide highlights and add character. Although be careful to not get carried away, less is often more.
Wood is a key element not only in the local crafts but also in furniture and other objects. Richness is always created with touches of good quality wood. Fabric can be vibrant and should be used sparingly but to good effect.
To embrace the whole African theme, consider a bedroom which could include faux animal throws or rugs. Subdued lighting and dark wall coverings will be very sumptuous perfect for relaxing and unwinding in after a long day at the office.
A quite effective trick is to have one wall painted in a dark color in contrast to lighter walls everywhere else in a room. This will create an illusion of depth and also give a great African feel, with pictures and other artifacts hanging on the lighter areas.
Find inspiration from various sources and decide just how far you want to take the African theme, whatever happens be sure to include some personal items to reflect your personality.