In Swahili-themed homes, it’s important to select a few Swahili elements and not to overdo it. Stick to a certain colour scheme or use only a fine selection of ornaments or textiles. One can have khanga cushions and add a few ornamental brass pieces. Less is more when it comes to infusing Swahili style into your home. You don’t have to break the bank doing it.
Can Swahili design be implemented in other areas other than a home, for example in an office? If so, how can this be done?
In commercial spaces one can also use some artistic statement pieces. You can create a display wall with modern lighting showcasing authentic brass ornaments or use pictures of historical places that represent the Swahili culture, like Lamu.
What are some versatile fabrics that can be used in a Swahili-themed home and what are the different ways that they can be used?
In Kenya we have three kinds of textiles, kitenge which has geometric designs, khanga or lesso that has floral designs and the kikoi which usually has stripes. If you have earth-toned walls, then break up that monotony with vibrant fabrics but stick to only two colours and look for fabrics within that colour scheme. Kikoi is nice to use for bed linen as it is soft cotton.