14 Ways to Use African Print in Your Interior Decor

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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.

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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.

African print interior decor - curtains
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Bed spreads, duvets, you name it…you can create a really cozy bedroom using African print. Here are some ideas we found.

African print interior decor - bedspreads
Image courtesy: projectdecor.com


African print interior decor - bedspreads
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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.

African print interior decor - armchair
Image courtesy: frolicious.de



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.

side table DIY


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.

African print interior decor - chairs
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African print chairs kids
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Table Cover

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.

African print interior decor - Table Cover
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Throw pillows

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.

African print interior decor - Throw pillows
Image: etsy.com

African print interior decor - Throw pillows


Toy hamper

This idea is perfect for the nursery and a great way to organize the toys.

African print toy bag
Image: alittlemarket.com


Wall decor

If you’re not into art, but you don’t want bare walls, some African print wall decor could be just what you need.

African print wall decor
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African print wall decor idea
Image: ankaraboutique.com


African print covered wall decor



Want to add a little ambiance to your space? How about these lovely African print inspired candles?

African candles

South African candle makers, Kapula have a lovely range of African inspired hand painted candles.


Laundry basket

Laundry baskets in African print are also great. At least you know that you’re storing your laundry in style. 🙂

African print laundry basket
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Ooh, these were our absolute favs! And well, we kinda got carried away, but you’ll understand why.

African print lampshade

African print lampshades

Images: etsy.com


African print covered lampshades
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African print covered lampshades

Image: marie claire idees


Flower Pots

These are great for indoor or outdoor plants and they look good too.

African print covered pots
Image: Facebook.com



We really loved these placemats (and the other ankara inspired ones we saw). Bon apetit!

African print placemats
Image: pinterest.com


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. 🙂




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