As is known, a complete change in the environment, like nothing else, contributes to effective relaxation. If you use in the design of one room the style of safari in the interior, then the house will have an exotic island, where you can perfectly change the environment, rest and relax.
To create a similar style, you can go in two possible ways: to make a complete renovation of the home with an absolute change in the style of the interior or to focus on the necessary things and change the existing interior.
The source of style
The term “safari” itself came to us from the Arabic language. It means journey. From the beginning, the word was used to refer to travel through various parts of East Africa for the purpose of hunting.
Recently, however, the meaning of the word has changed somewhat and means recreational trips in off-road vehicles to view, photograph and film wild African animals. Therefore, the main elements, by means of which and creates a safari style in the home, are the objects of culture and life of African tribes, as well as prints with imitations of skins of various exotic animals.
Yellow desert and green tropics
The main rule when selecting colors for the African style kitchen should be the use of natural natural shades. The color solution of the interior we chose assumes the presence of warm, even hot colors. Among them, orange is considered the most inherent in the hot climate of Africa. It may not dominate the interior, but it is necessary to use it at least in the role of bright accents.
It is desirable that the kitchen in the African style was decorated in accordance with the color features of one of the African climatic zones. What exactly, everyone has the right to choose according to their preferences:
- Desert. The main colors are sandy, ochre, orange. Accents are white, terracotta, dark brown.
- Savannah. The main colors – grassy, yellow, olive. Accents – red, azure, black.
- Jungle. The main colors – lush green, emerald, purple. Emphasis is yellow, turquoise, black, and white.
The color analogy with the color of local animals is characteristic of the image of Africa. Thus, the alternation of black and white stripes resembles the camouflage of a zebra. Large orange and black spots are associated with the coloring of the giraffe. Small black prints on a light yellow background bring to mind the skin of a leopard.
According to the stock of your own temperament can either create a calm, balanced interior with separate contrasting accents, or explode the color of the room with the spontaneous riot of African passions.
The main motifs
It should be noted that safari has a lot in common with African, colonial, as well as ecological style, because it contains multiple elements available in the mentioned styles. However, the most striking feature of safari is the ubiquitous placement of animal motifs. And this is justified, because the safari involves hunting or the usual observation of the fauna of Africa.
Styling of furnishings
African ethnical furniture is characterized by the minimalism of simple forms. With its undoubted convenience, it should be characterized by the impression of massiveness, comparable to the greatness of baobab. The furniture upholstery can be both leather with a texture “crocodile-like” and fabric, matching the color scheme.
For the manufacture of stylish furniture we use traditional for the black continent natural materials:
- dark wood – for the kitchen set and dining table;
- bamboo and rattan – for wicker armchairs, chairs and mats;
- natural stone – for the worktop and the apron near the stove.
If the size of the kitchen allows it, put a low sofa by the wall with cushions scattered on it. It is not rational to put real skins on the kitchen floor, it is better to replace them with imitation.
With the help of simple technique “decoupage” transform your own hands ordinary pieces of furniture in the attributes of the ethnic interior. Even a modern refrigerator will not be out of style. As a result of creativity, it will look like, for example, a fat cute hippo.
Lighting the kitchen with an African style let’s make a muted and a little mysterious. Bright light will be directed to the work area, and on the walls place the original sconces made of forged metal. In the center of the ceiling instead of the chandelier we will hang a large fan.
Decorating the walls and floor
In a particular case, the repair may not touch the walls. Their pristine appearance is quite suitable. An excellent basis for the creation of safari design in the interior is plaster with light cracks, covered with the usual African motifs of ochre and terracotta. Although it is quite possible to leave the existing coating of walls and milk-white. You will get an imitation of the lime coating of the walls in hot regions. Wallpaper in a house with a style of safari as the dominant design will be inappropriate. You can only use eco wallpaper, made of natural fibers, to arrange some visual accents.
In the case of the floors, the interior in the safari style provides for completely opposite methods. Very effective will look wide parquet flooring in dark tones. It can be tinted as stained oak or wenge. Also it can be made in the style of whitened oak. Will look appropriate floor covered with cork, and mats made of burlap. Do not spoil the authenticity in the interior and porcelain flooring or completely stone flooring.
To complete the decor of the floor, you can throw a bamboo mat, a carpet with an interesting and intricate ornament, an artificial skin on it.
Colorful atmospheric interior of the living room in the style of safari will fill your home with southern warmth, which will warm you up long evenings all year round. African interior is quite difficult to convey correctly in the interior, as it is easy to overload the room with unnecessary details and thereby cheapen the interior. That is why it is so important to fill the living room with such furniture and accessories that will convey the atmosphere of endless African savannas, the flavor of the southern culture and way of life, and will be in harmony with each other.
In order to make the room in the safari style look as authentic as possible, you can use the same color solutions as in the African style in the interior. It is better to turn to the warm tones of shrouds and majestic deserts, as well as the scorching sun of this continent.
To make the design as close to the African direction as possible, it is better to use fiery reds, rich yellows, as well as chocolate and terracotta, but necessarily with deep black accents. It is very important to use natural colors in the interior. This can be a range from sandy to dark brown. It will contrast with the bright and varied colors of textiles.
Animal prints and photos
A room in which the design in accordance with the safari style is observed, must fully convey the atmosphere of hunting-travel through the vastness of the African continent. Animal prints, as well as photos are those characteristic elements without which it is impossible to design in accordance with the safari philosophy. You can use any colors of animals: cheetah, zebra, jaguar, giraffe and crocodile. A little less often used prints of tiger or cow skins. Will be pertinent and pictures of animals on the walls.
Design furniture for the safari style
Safari interior can be complemented by handmade furniture. Suitable furniture is made of precious African woods: rosewood, mahogany, sandalwood, etc. Effectively looks the design of wicker furniture made of bamboo or rattan. Would fit into this interior forged or metal furniture. Animal motifs are welcome and in the design of handles, armrests and other elements.
Preparing the room for the African kitchen
Decorating the room should emphasize the naturalness and naturalness. The kitchen in the African style accepts walls covered with coarse plaster or textured paint, which has a sandy or light brown color. An example of the implementation is shown below in the photo.
It is more preferable to replace wallpaper with wall decoration with wooden panels or bamboo stems.
For African style interior design, the floor is covered with materials made of wood or stone. Large wooden boards, parquet or laminate, preferably with the texture of ebony, can be used as a covering. Looks great large stone or porcelain stoneware, as in the following photo.
The ceiling only needs to be leveled and plastered. Looks good decorating the ceiling with wooden beams, but such a reception would be to place when using wood as a floor covering or wall decoration. Also appropriate a variety of options for suspended ceilings. If the ceiling is monochrome, it can be framed by a massive cornice with ethnic motifs.
Materials for surface finishes
The choice of style of finishing the kitchen, living room, bedroom and other rooms determines what cladding materials will later be used to decorate the premises. Cladding in the African style involves the rejection of wallpaper and the use of natural materials for finishing. On the market today, there is a wide range of paints, plasters and other materials suitable for the style, among which it is easy to make a justified choice.
Wall cladding in the interior is not necessary to make perfectly correct and even, on the contrary, the style corresponds to uneven walls with various defects – cracks, chips, depressions. If the walls in the apartment or house are not smooth, this can be corrected. Modern methods of decorative finishing allow you to make artificial cracks and other damages on the surface.
To decorate the floor, it is best to use materials made of wood or natural stone. Stone has a high cost, but it can be replaced by porcelain tiles that mimic the visual characteristics of natural materials. It should be borne in mind that porcelain stoneware and stone are cold materials, the use of which can have a negative impact on the performance of the room. To make the floor warm, you may need to install a “warm floor” system. If you do not want to bother with additional heating, you can create a wooden floor, using materials with a rough surface.
Complement the floor in the African style can be a carpet imitating the skin of a wild animal, for example, giraffe, tiger, zebra or others living in Africa. Replace the carpet under the skin can also be woven carpet with a beautiful African pattern, matching the color and ornamentation of the wall coverings.