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Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds

Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds

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Want to travel and experience the charm of the far east? You can attain this in your very own bathroom, a space dedicated solely to well-being and relaxation. To design your perfect Moroccan-style bathroom, follow our tips for what colors, materials, lighting and decor to apply as a to match the beckoning scent of Argan oil.

Important features

  • Decor
  • Tiled shower
  • Built-in bathtub
  • Decorated windows
  • Middle eastern lanterns

Moroccan bathroom decor ideas


Moroccan style mirror

There are 2 primary types of mirrors that are often integrated into typical Moroccan bathrooms:

  • A wooden mirror with decorative side panels;
  • A wrought iron mirror with traditional design.
Full-size mirrors are preferred most of the time, as they allow for both an interesting perspective effect and the ability to see one's self from head to toe.  

The shades of the Moroccan bathroom

A Moroccan bathroom can be declined in a multitude of colors:

  • Shades of beige and brown;
  • Geige and white;
  • The pairing of blue and white:
  • Burgundy, white and walleye.

To keep the towels in the same theme, black, burgundy, or beige are ideal. Some linen collections featured embroidered arabesques with gold thread or rhinestones for a stylish middle eastern look.

Moroccan glass and metal photophores 

Light plays a major role in Moroccan style decor. To better display this gift, glass is a precious ally.

Around the bathtubsink or on a shelf, place Moroccan style candlesticks. They will be lit during a sublime moment of relaxation. If given the choice, always go for glass and tin models.

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Marrakech colors in the shower

Based on the concept of a walk-in shower, Moroccan bathrooms generally include a large, fully tiled shower area. The area is also embellished with mosaics or a colorful design with small tiles.

Want to know what the best configuration is for your Moroccan-inspired bathroom? Don't be afraid to use tadelakt on the walls, as its yellow pigment will bring with it all of Marrakech's heat.

A riad-style sunken bathtub

In an attempt to recreate the bathrooms of great Middle Eastern palaces, the bathtub is embedded in the floor, and not fixed above it as is traditionally done in Western bathrooms. There is therefore no need to step over the bathtub panel: one simply steps down to lay down in the tub.

When it comes to the shape, most typical Middle Eastern bathtubs are is rather square but that really depends on the available space. It is perfectly possible to design a Moroccan bathroom featuring an oval bathtub.

For a Morrocan-style decor that you're unlikely to forget, don't be afraid to line candles alongside the sunken bathtub and toss a few flower petals in the just-filled, steaming bath.

Moroccan windows decorated with carved panels

The light filters in while creating intimacy with cutout panels of Middle Eastern motifs.

They are easily installed inside any bathroom and efficiently replace traditional curtains. A truly decorative element, windows with carved panels are easy to clean with just a  sponge and naturally allow for a well-ventilated bathroom.

For a modern twist on a Moroccan-style bathroom, don't be afraid to use aluminum panels instead of wood! They will allow you to choose whatever color you want or reinforce a certain hue with mosaic tiles or other decorative elements.

Go for Agadir-style hanging lanterns

Whether it is a lantern or a hanging metal star, use these folkloric Moroccan fixtures to make a statement. Which type of light best represents the Morrocan-style bathroom according to you?

  • Hanging metal ball with cutout
  • Tinted glass and metal lantern 
  • Brass and red glass star lantern 
  • A custom latern composed of metal and acrylic crystals

Any one of these items will add a specific color to your Moroccan style bathroom. For an even more relaxed atmosphere, don't forget to integrate spotlights, especially around the sink or directly above the central mirror where running out of light is not handy.

Any one who goes with a Moroccan bathroom is sure to get a the change of scenery, and all the benefits that go with it!

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Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds

I'm a dog trainer by profession, but every weekend I put the whistle down and pick up a tool. The trainer mindset is not so easy to set aside - whether with four-legged or two-legged friends, I love giving advice!

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