What makes a Swahili design?
Typical Swahili designs comprise the traditionally carved doors and decorations, arabesque reliefs on walls, decorative stucco plaster work, the use of vibrant coloured tribal textiles, wooden lounge sofas with woven sisal seats and palm frond roof tops, as well as the decorative grillwork.
How can Swahili design be styled up to fit a contemporary space/style? Choose some Swahili artworks that you like and place them in selected areas in the house. You can also work with very neutral-coloured walls but use dark, stained, traditionally crafted furniture and then again, opt for that same neutral colour of fabric for the seats. This will help strike a balance.
What are the common materials used in Swahili design and how can it be incorporated into a contemporary space?
Swahili design is known for its use of traditional wooden artifacts and also the use of brass. This is evident through the furniture and the decorative pieces from the coast. In a contemporary home, one can optto use traditional furniture pieces to add a touch of Swahili culture or the use of brass lanterns as light fixtures.
Which are some of the more affordable ways to implement a Swahili design in a contemporary home?