When our client returns from Africa and purchases a stunning home on a marina in Jupiter, the challenge arises to blend her antiques with contemporary furnishings while introducing natural woods handmade or hand-carved items to reflect an African theme. This blog post will guide you through the process of creating a unique fusion of African and contemporary styles that will transform your marina home into a harmonious and captivating space.
Why is it important to blend African and contemporary styles?
Combining African and contemporary styles allows you to create a space that is not only visually appealing but also tells a story. It celebrates the client's connection to Africa while embracing modern design principles. By blending these two styles, you can achieve a harmonious balance between tradition and innovation, creating a truly unique and personal living environment. The area rug became one of the initial anchor selections and then we began adding fabrics and window shade material Conrad Shades. [Image 1]
Choosing the right furniture
When selecting furniture for your waterfront home, opt for contemporary pieces with clean lines and simple forms. Look for natural materials such as wood and linens to add warmth and texture to the space. Incorporate African-inspired elements through accent pieces, such as the hand-carved console we specified from Jerry Pair. [Images 2 & 3]
Integrating African textiles and patterns
African textiles and patterns are rich in history and symbolism. Incorporate these elements into your marina home by using African-inspired fabrics for upholstery, curtains, or throw pillows. Consider bold geometric patterns or vibrant colors that reflect the African culture. We used Peter Fasano's "Kori" print to cover our client's existing barstools. [Images 4, 5 & 6]
Embracing natural materials and textures
To create an authentic African feel, introduce natural materials and textures throughout your home. Choose wooden flooring or add woven rugs to bring warmth and a sense of nature indoors. Hand-carved wooden sculptures or masks can serve as striking focal points, adding depth and cultural significance to your space. The guest bathroom was covered in a handmade madagascar paper called "The Elephant Walk" by Crezana Design Wallcoverings. [Image 7]
Lighting with a touch of Africa
Lighting plays a crucial role in any interior design. Incorporate African-inspired lighting fixtures, such as a sconce from Jerry Pair, simplified design in hand forged metals. These fixtures not only provide functional lighting but also add a touch of African charm and craftsmanship to your marina home. We also added the famous "Twiggy" lamp by the Italian company, Foscarini. "A floor lamp that meets multiple setting and lighting requirements". [Images 8 & 9]
Accessorizing with African art and artifacts
Complete the fusion of African and contemporary styles by carefully selecting African art and artifacts. Display handcrafted pottery, tribal masks, or African sculptures. These unique items will not only enhance the African theme but also serve as conversation starters and reminders of the client's journey. Made by Porta Romana in England, a solid brass silver gilded "giraffe" table lamp is a whimsical addition. Also note the "giraffe" pattern from Jed Johnson Home for custom made pillows. Our last image shows the Iatesta Studio nesting table made of antique silver gilded steel and a solid wood top.
Blending African and contemporary styles in a waterfront home is an exciting design challenge. By carefully selecting furniture, integrating African patterns, embracing natural materials, incorporating African-inspired lighting, and accessorizing with African art, you can create a space that reflects African heritage while embracing modern design principles. The result will be a captivating and harmonious fusion of styles that tells a unique story and creates a truly exceptional living environment.