Design The Perfect Moroccan-Style Home With These Bargain Block-Inspired Ideas
An easy and fun way to incorporate Moroccan style into your home is with patterned tile. “Morocco is known for its wild tile,” Keith Bynum says when choosing tile for the fireplace surround, per HGTV’s YouTube channel. Moroccan types feature geometric forms like squares, diamonds, triangles, stars, and polygons that are tessellated to create intricate mosaics. These tiles are traditionally referred to as zellij and are one of the biggest artistic and cultural identities of Morocco. Traditional and authentic zellij tiles are made by hand using natural clay from the Fez region of Morocco.
Authentic Moroccan tiles purchased from the source can be expensive, but there are some fabricated stateside types that cost less. Further, Moroccan tile can come in a black-and-white color scheme, like the one Bynum chose for the fireplace surround. However, they can also have more vibrant colors, such as blues, greens, reds, and oranges. For instance, the Mini Star & Cross tile from Fireclay Tile is a stunning and colorful option that costs $40 per square foot. If you want something that’s renter-friendly and easy to install, check out Jacklove’s Moroccan Style Tile Stickers that cost under $14 for 25 pieces on Amazon. On top of surrounding a fireplace, add Moroccan tiles to the backsplash in the kitchen or the shower walls in the bathroom. For a larger statement, use them on the floor of an entryway, kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.