Out of Africa

February 06, 2018

Out of Africa

African decor is often inspired by nature, wild animals, colourful fabrics and wood carvings, and in the world of textiles this season, Steven is seeing lots of neutral, earth tones combined with vibrant splashes of colour that reflect this ethos. Even if the fabric itself is not from there, he's seeing lots of prints inspired by traditional African fabrics and textiles.

(Credit: Geoff Duncan Photography)
A runner is the easiest way to instantly add interest to you space. Because fabrics can be pricey, purchase just one yard and create your own runner. The one in the photo is great because the mud cloth — one of the most well-known African cloth traditions — creates some tension on an otherwise traditional table.
(Credit: St. Frank)

This bedroom illustrates a few ways you can incorporate the fabric, such as in a simple coverlet, drapery panels or in a framed piece. To frame a piece of fabric without spending a fortune, be sure to use a shadow box. You don't want the fabric to be just sandwiched between two pieces of glass — it should look like an artifact or art piece.

Article Courtesy of CBC's The Goods