Design How To: Modernizing Moroccan-Style Tiles

We are constantly looking for ways in which we can create a more uplifting living environment. The options are plenty with everything from decor and lighting to color and accessories being used to add a fresh new look to our seemingly jaded homes. Each season brings with it a new look and an array of trends that you can either embrace fully or just ‘dip your toes in’. But there are a few unique ways in which you can brighten your home without moving away from the existing style and theme. Moroccan style tiles present this perfect opportunity. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
Exquisite farmhouse kitchen with Moroccan style tiled backsplash [From Molly Quinn Design]

Though not all modern tiles falling under this category strictly come from a ‘Moroccan backdrop’, it is safe to assume that they do have a very strong Mediterranean influence that you just cannot ignore. Some are easy to work with as they offer just pattern and not a whole lot of color. Others bring with them a multitude of bright hues and end up stealing the spotlight no matter where they are used. This is a quick guide on different directions you can take while using these fabulous tiles as the Holiday Season awaits –

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Fitting in with Modernity

Do not worry about these vibrant tiles not finding a place in your modern home filled with neutral colors and a sophisticated aura. Moroccan style tiles look lovely in contemporary kitchens and dining rooms where they can create an instant focal point without ever trying too hard. Even if you wish to introduce other colors in the room over time, these tiles areas will come in pretty handy and they can be used to add to the appeal of the accent color. Make sure though that you pick a color that is flexible when it comes to modern styles. Tiles in blue or even lighter shades of yellow are perfect indeed!

Contemporary dining room with a fabulous backdrop created using Moroccan tiles [From: Design 4 Corners]
Beach style living room with Moroccan style tiles around the fireplace [From Lauren Leonard Interiors]

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An Element of Contrast

In an all-white gray setting, a smart section covered with Moroccan tiles can make a big impact indeed. Just take a look at the ideas below and you will realize that these tiles allow you to create a gorgeous focal point without ever forcing you to go over the top. Be it at the end of a long corridor, around the fireplace, or even as improvised window trim, Moroccan styled tiles turn up the brilliance of a room with ease.

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Moroccan tiled sections around the window and below steal the show here [From: Stefani Stein]
Mediterranean tile section instantly stands out visually in the long hallway [From: Stein Design]

Mediterranean Magic Unleashed!

It is hard to move away from the Mediterranean style when we are talking about Moroccan tiles and if you are thinking of adding a bit of Mediterranean charm to your modern home, they are a trendy option indeed. Instead of the more expensive and extensive options like textured walls or a complete paint job, think about adding a small section of Moroccan tile covered magic to quickly and easily usher in Mediterranean panache. In the spa-styled modern bathroom or even the smart contemporary kitchen, this is an idea that is bound to win hearts and create a whole new ambiance.

Mediterranean style bathroom is full of color and brightness
Add Mediterranean charm to the modern dining room with tiles and lighting [From Allwood Construction]

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Pattern without Color

Moroccan style tiles in their more modern avatars can offer much more than just color. Coming in white, gray, and other light hues, they allow you to easily bring patterns indoors without filling the room with any color whatsoever. Yes, they are a touch more expensive than your more normal tile options and do tend to demand a bit more care. But the extra effort is well worth it all once you see the radiance that they provide.


Moroccan tile section in the bathroom enlivens an otherwise all-white setting [From: Wiseman & Gale Interiors]
Contemporary kitchen backsplash with Moroccan tile in neutral hues [From Karen Viscito Interiors / Mission Stone & Tile]

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Finding the Best Option

A tiled section need not be limited to a specific area like the backsplash of your kitchen or a small wall in the bedroom. Get creative and use these gorgeous tiles to delineate space in the open plan living area. Maybe you can use them for the floor of your all-white bathroom to give it a whole new look or even fashion a smart accent wall in the dining area that is unlike anything else. It is time to play with tile!

Contemporary bathroom with pink bathtub and an accent wall section with lovely tiles [From Tile Desire]
Spacious contemporary bathroom with understated Moroccan style tiles for the floor

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