Tribal chic is everything African combined with a modern aesthetic. It’s a striking and exotic interior decorating style that provides earthy and soulful accents and an overall vibrant and unique look.
Tribal chic is all about a natural base palette with other colours reminiscent of various African wilderness environments adding interest and contrast. This allows wonderful desert oranges and golds, hues of the savannas with greens and wheat colours, the blues of the ocean and the vast skies as well browns and tans of all shades from the dusty earth. Colours are used with great contrast and drama. Lastly, but by no means least, the colours and patterns of the African animals feed through Tribal interiors via art, designs and handmade furniture and furnishings. This is a style full of life and humanity.
African accessories from South Africa to Ethiopia and Morocco can bring a unique-style into your room. Add genuine African masks, headdresses, dolls, drums, weathered animal skulls and traditional jewelry mounted on a stand. Accessories of varying heights in groups of three or five make for a beautiful vignette on a sideboard or bookshelf. Ethiopian crosses and ceremonial necklaces and headdresses made of beads and shells have a timeless appeal. Baskets and bowls made in the traditional methods handed down from mother to daughter are both functional and stunning, especially used in groupings as a wall display.
Emphasize your tribal chic style with authentic African furniture. African furniture pieces often feature hardwood materials finished with high-end leather or fabric. Malawi chairs and tables made from indigenous blue gum are now a classic Tribal Chic feature as are the fabulous Bamileke Tables which are hand carved from the trunks of trees in Cameroon. Bamboo, rattan and acacia wood are also a great materials for Tribal Chic furniture. Natural hides and furs are perfect on the floor or used as throws and cushions.
Tribal Chic is a style that can balance subtle colours with bright ones and can be adapted to fit with an ever popular Australian coastal theme. Its emphasis on the environment makes it a soothing yet invigorating remedy to our technocratic and busy lives.