Is there an advantage to having a Swahili design as opposed to contemporary design?
In a country like Kenya that has diversity, it’s nice to have at least a few Swahili elements to vibe up your interior as pure contemporary design spaces tend to be a bit cold and dull sometimes. Wooden furniture can add texture and the brass ornaments can also add a vintage touch to a home. When it comes to adding Swahili style to the home, it is all about proportion,bwithout creating chaos in the home.
It’s about finding a balance between the simplicity of the contemporary and the complexity of the traditional without overdoing it. That way, you have the best of both worlds.
If you have been thinking of ways to introduce a bit of tradition and culture to your home, then Swahili style can work well for your home as well as office space. It will give your spaces that unique twist – a marriage between the contemporary and Swahili design. Design rules can be bent a little to create something different but still simple.
Situated within a gentle valley of the Kiserian exurbia is the Whitfields’ home, where the aardvark is a common sight and attractive Acacia trees punctuate the landscape. Words by Patricia Karamuta. Pictures by Tutu