BLACK HISTORY MONTH – African Decor
Topic: BLACK HISTORY MONTH, and how one can go about decorating their House and Garden with a touch of Africa expressing this heritage.
Black History Month is celebrated in America during the month of February each year. This is a very important time as contributions, triumphs and tribulations of African-Americans are recognized and celebrated. Whether or not you have an African-American heritage, this will be good time to share Black History with your family or class. A good way to do this would be decorate your home and garden with African inspired elements to express this heritage.
Ideas for African home décor
La Motte’s tasting room was completely renovated and refurbished in 2009, and since then we have received nothing but compliments from visitors, who love the warm decor, attention to detail and knowledgeable staff in the tasting area.
Ideas for African home décor
African inspired décor is an appealing and exciting style that can suit any taste, whether it’s eclectic, minimalist, traditional or modern. You can find many colors and textures in African fabrics, art work and carvings to incorporate in your existing design style. In addition to the wood carvings and colorful fabrics, African décor theme always showcases wild animals and nature. Animals like elephants, leopards, giraffes, lions and zebras are always appealing to decorators.
With all eyes on Africa in 2010, the continent has come into its own. So we bring you expert advice on how to add African flair to your home.
When choosing the color palette for your design, you can use the colors of those animals as inspiration. Black, white, grey, beige and brown are neutral colors that you can choose for the floor and wall. However, if you want something that is more dramatic you can add bright red colors to your wall to display eye-catching zebra print black and white curtains or dark mahogany mask.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to the home decorating items as you can have a wide collection of African inspired pieces that you can use to reflect your unique style. Some of the popular African décor items include sculptures, fine art, decorative magnets, figurines, pillows, wood carved napkin holders with animal design, faux zebra rug, wall borders and anything else that you might need to show-off an afro-centric style.
|British Colonial Elephant Tuk Sculptural Trophy
|King Tutankhamn’scEgyptian Throne Chair
Here are some of the ways to incorporate these items into your home décor:
You can display African inspired artwork like pottery, prints, masks, sculptures and wall hangings in your living room. There are also earthy designs that you can add to your garden area. Another idea is to use quilts to decorate the walls because this has a special significance for Black History Month. In earlier times, slaves would record family history by patching pieces of clothing, wedding dresses and baby blankets to make quilts.
There are also beautiful pillows made from rich African fabrics that you can use to decorate any room. Most of these pillows feature various objects from the African heritage including Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airman, African Women and The Civil Rights Struggle.
You can find many art forms that you incorporate easily into your African home decor. Beads feature strongly in these designs and are usually found in pieces like lampshades, napkin rings, bowls, wall hangings and many other art objects. You can use African beading to add a touch of elegant ethnic style to your dining room.
Carved wood sculptures have a strong African tradition. You can get well-crafted bowls for your dining room table or fireplace. African artifacts like handmade leather pouches and purses, smoking pipes, walking sticks as well as warrior shields and masks are interesting pieces that you can add to your decor. You should know that ethnic masks are very popular in most African-American designs. Most of the masks display African tribes and are generally handcrafted from wood.
|Slim Acrylic painted Masks
$10 – $30 (10”to 30”)
|The Meerket Gang
|Loving Giraffe Figures
As you can see, there are many ways that you can add African décor to your home to celebrate Black History Month. Regardless of your style, you can find timeless pieces for your home and garden to express the African heritage.