African prints are a great way to give your home a face lift. In this article, we share 14 different ways to do just that.
I love African prints (ankara or kitenge). They are fun, bright and immediately give your home an African/ethnic feel. African print interior decor is a great way to keep in touch with your African lifestyle and maintain a trendy home.
But there is such a thing as over-doing it. I have seen homes that look as though an African inspired monster vomited all over it. In order to get the most of African prints, you need to focus on minimal use.
We have scoured the internet (well, mostly Pinterest), for the best African print interior decor ideas and we bring you 14 different ways you can use these beautiful prints to add style and grace to your home.
African print interior decor ideas
From curtains to bread spreads, lampshades and even flower pots, practically anything goes.
These go really well in the living room. If you are going to use African print for your curtains, tone down on the other colours you use in that room.
Bed spreads, duvets, you name it…you can create a really cozy bedroom using African print. Here are some ideas we found.
If you have a good carpenter, you can get your favourite armchair reupholstered and use bits of African print on it. There are those that prefer to cover their armchairs entirely with African fabric, but seriously, less is more in this case.
Cover your side/coffee tables or ottoman with African print for a unique and stylish look.
If you would like a little DIY, Handimania has a tutorial on how to cover an ottoman with fabric. Though they didn’t use African print, you can do so with your project.
Get the details for this tutorial here.
Give your dining area a face lift with this African print interior decor idea. You could easily reupholster your chairs with the beautiful fabric. This also works for the little ones’ chairs.
If you want to keep it simple and minimal, you could try an African print table cover instead. It’s an elegant way of updating your space.
Throw pillows add colour and pizzazz to your space and they are a nice way to add African print to your interior decor. They’re also pretty easy to make too.
This idea is perfect for the nursery and a great way to organize the toys.
If you’re not into art, but you don’t want bare walls, some African print wall decor could be just what you need.
Want to add a little ambiance to your space? How about these lovely African print inspired candles?
South African candle makers, Kapula have a lovely range of African inspired hand painted candles.
Laundry baskets in African print are also great. At least you know that you’re storing your laundry in style. 🙂
Ooh, these were our absolute favs! And well, we kinda got carried away, but you’ll understand why.
Image: marie claire idees
These are great for indoor or outdoor plants and they look good too.
We really loved these placemats (and the other ankara inspired ones we saw). Bon apetit!
So there you have it, our exciting list of African print interior decor ideas. If you have tried any of these (or any others that are not on this list), let’s know about it. 🙂