A piece of Africa in your home
The first thing you'll notice in safari design are earthy colors, a scheme that has its base in browns, warm grays, and greens. There are also a touch of red in brown and dark brown with its roots in African trees. So, this is a starting point when thinking about safari or African design. On top of that, there are raw, organic materials along with bold colors and patterns. Those two characteristics you can find in any African interior so no wonder they stretch on the inside all the way to the smallest room.
A good and safe point to start is furniture. It should be dark and massive, hand-made if possible, and this is the base you will build upon. A few rugged pieces will do, there's no need to overcrowd the space with all kinds of furniture pieces and details: keep the base small but with a strong focal influence. To add a touch of contrast, add a few bright details, baskets, some pillows or upholstery that reminds of African sun for example, to make accents and bring the feeling of a hot safari day inside.
Different kinds of plants along with natural materials, rustic wood, and natural fabric are what makes safari combination. You can use organic and a bit rough fabrics like linen, cotton, or jute to add texture. African textiles usually feature strong patterns and vivid colours created with hand-painted techniques. Every color of the rainbow is a welcome option in safari style due to the essence of the African nature. Green combination will remind you of rain forests and jungles while neutral colours will bring the warmth of the plains.
Animal patterns and handcrafts, along with dark colours, are the main characteristics of the style but in a modern home you don't have to follow that rule to the point. Add a bit of luxury to your bedroom with linens with subtle animal patterns like crocodile or zebra, and you can even add fur to emphasize that "animal side" of the design. Anastasia bedding, for example, from Neiman Marcus will give you just the right feeling. ■
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