Bright and striking colors, lots of succulents and exotic plants, mosaic … these are the main elements to adopt in your interior for a riad spirit.
It’s a timeless decor trend. Straight from the Maghreb, but mainly from Morocco, this style of architecture was intended mainly for the medinas, which means the old part of a city.
The magical city of Marrakech is home to a large number of riads and seduced by its beauty. So why not bring that vibe back home?
Install mosaic tiles on the floor and the wall
The mosaic is very present in the riads, especially in the decks. The particularity of this arrangement is that you can vary the graphics while remaining in the same tones of color.
Furniture with a natural spirit
Choose straw or wooden furniture to decorate your interior and even your exterior. To decorate many cushions!
A deck worthy of the tales of 1001 nights
Decks are the charm of riads. This open room in the heart of the house is a relaxation area where you can bathe or have tea. At home, arrange a small fountain in your veranda or a pond in your garden to enjoy the soothing sound of the water.
Day and night, the beauty of these places is undeniable. When the sun goes down, we discover new lights throughout the evening. Each loupiote or lantern is carefully arranged to reflect a wall adorned with moldings or a corner of exotic plants. So you can let go of the lighting issue!
This is the color of Marrakech riads! In the sublime home of Yves Saint-Laurent, this royal blue is the flagship asset. The garden which surrounds the whole property bears the name of Majorelle because of the facade painted entirely in this blue. Paint your stairs or your wall this color; it will add a little extra to your home.
Wrought iron decoration
Wrought iron objects are an essential element in riads. For example, you can hang oriental lanterns or a bird cage (empty, or with flowers in it!) On your facade or balcony.
A facade in ocher tones
Ocher is a rock very present in the Maghreb. It is only natural that certain architects were inspired by the different tones of the color of this clayey earth to put it on the facades. You can paint a wall in red ocher, or if you do not want to start work at home, multiply the clay pots.
Exotic and fatty plants
With a desert climate, plants are the first to suffer from the heat. So the riads have all kinds of shrubs or cacti, which are both resistant and require little watering. For example, you have agave, aloe, or the famous Chamaedorea palm. In your garden path or on your terrace, you can arrange different varieties of exotic and succulent plants and even make a small greenery corner with a magnificent composition.
Oriental wooden doors
How about exchanging the shutters on your terrace for doors with oriental moldings? They are usually painted in subdued colors, but you can dare flashy with warmer colors, like orange or yellow.
An outdoor bench with plenty of cushions
Typical of the Maghreb, the benches are unbeatable. The more cushions, the better! So let go of decorating and put it everywhere, with different sizes, colors, and styles.