If you are a lover of African savannas, tropics and other African exotics, but you do not have the opportunity to visit Africa itself, you can organize a “piece of Africa” in your home. For this you will need to decorate your home or part of it in the safari style. How exactly to add a safari interior, what is needed for this will be discussed in this article.
What is a safari interior
To begin with, let’s define the term “safari”. This word is of Arabic origin and translates as “journey”. On the African continent, the word “safari” is very common. In the past, the word “safari” did not refer to the journey itself, but rather to a journey to hunt all kinds of African wildlife.
Nowadays the word “safari” has a slightly different, much more humane concept. Nowadays, when going on safari, it is not necessary to shoot the animals. A modern safari is a life observation of animals in their natural environment and photography of animals and birds. And nothing more. And this is the right thing to do. Animals are beauty, and beauty should be valued and cherished.
Safari style in the interior
Finish in the style of safari can be the whole apartment (or house), as well as a separate room. The main thing here is to decorate the room in a certain exotic style with the addition of appropriate materials, colors, culture and household items living in Africa.
In addition, the style of safari in the interior of the living room is complemented by prints imitating the skins of all kinds of African animals. Exactly prints, that is – drawings.
By the way: prints are the only imitation in the style of safari. Everything else must be made exclusively of natural materials.
Safari interior: how to decorate the walls and ceiling
In principle, the walls can not be finished at all, leaving them in their original form. Especially if these walls are made of stone. Another option is to plaster the walls and ceiling in a special way, so that there are small picturesque cracks in the plaster.
Alternatively, one of the walls can be finished with a natural wild stone.
Another ceiling finish option is natural wood. There should be no wood substitutes or finishes “like wood”.
For this style, three colors are most preferable: ochre, terra cotta or milky white. If desired, the walls and ceiling can be whitewashed with ordinary lime.
But the wallpaper in the style of safari is completely inappropriate. It is acceptable eco wallpaper, made of natural plant fibers, to arrange some color accents.
Safari interior: how to decorate the floor
The first option: the floor must be made of natural wood. No laminates in the safari style are unacceptable. You can lay the floor with wooden parquet (better – dark colors), you can – with wide planks. It is good if it will be oak boards. Cork flooring is also quite acceptable. Here, as they say, to your liking.
The second option is a stone floor. Of course, it should be made of natural stone. If you want, you can pave the floor with porcelain stoneware instead of stone.
A bamboo mat, a carpet with African ornaments or an artificial skin will complement and complete the picture.
Requirements to the windows.
No drapes in the safari style are inappropriate. It is much better to hang straw roller blinds on the windows.
Or – long, up to the floor, curtains of white (beige, light brown) tulle to simulate mosquito netting, which is one of the defining attributes of the safari style.
“Favorite” and “not favorite” colors in the safari style
About the coloring of the walls and ceiling we have already mentioned. But – the safari style will be incomplete without other color accents. They can be used on the walls, on the ceiling, on furniture, on carpets and mats…
Blue, blue, green – these colors safari style “does not respect”. It is possible to introduce them to the interior, but in a strictly dosed amount. But the bright red, yellow, brown and black are the “native” colors of this style.
Even better if the interior safari will be “painted” colors, typical of the African continent – from sand to dark brown or black.
Photos of animals and “animal” prints
Photos of animals and their images are an integral part of the safari style. Without them, this style of safari in the interior is simply impossible.
In the safari style is acceptable fake skins of any animals: zebra, cheetah, crocodile, antelope, even – a cow. Such artificial skins can be spread on the floor instead of the carpet.
You can make your bed with a blanket with an “animal” print.
Or decorate some of the furniture – sofa, chairs, armchairs – with material “in the image of a zebra” or “leopard”.
As for the walls, the photos of various animals will be appropriate. Of course, here it is necessary to observe a reasonable proportion, so that the photo does not “make one’s eyes water.
On shelves, cabinets, drawers and tables you can place figurines of various African animals – also in reasonable quantities. And as for stuffed animals or their fragments (the same animal heads on the walls) – you can easily do without them. For the modern style of safari statuettes and photos of animals, as well as imitations of animal skins are quite enough.
Safari style in the interior: furniture
To the furniture in this case, some specific requirements are also made. It is very desirable that all furniture is handmade.
If the furniture will be made of African woods (sandal, mahogany, rosewood) – this is great. But if you don’t have any, local wood will do.
Another option is rattan or bamboo furniture.
A third option is wrought iron (metal) furniture.
The handles on the furniture can be made in the form of all kinds of African animals.
Additional requirements for the interior
As such, it is possible to recommend supplementing the interior with all kinds of African folk items and handicrafts: masks, drums, utensils …
In addition, in an apartment or house decorated in the style of safari you can place several copies of African vegetation. For example, palm trees as the most common plant on this continent.
As for lighting fixtures, then any strict recommendations safari style here does not provide. It can be a chandelier, sconces, floor lamps … True, over their shape you or the invited designer will have to beat your brains in order they blend in style as organically as possible.
So much for “Africa without leaving home. And no need to shoot anyone…