African Textiles Inspire Interiors

Incorporate African design into your home with these tips.

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If you want to incorporate African design into your home, where do you start?

Sharne Algotsson, owner of a product and design consulting firm and Twist, a lifestyles store in Philadelphia, is also the author of African Style Down to the Detail (Clarkson Potter, $32.50), Here he provides some answers:

  • Do your homework. Visit the interior design section of bookstores and look for books that specialize in ethnic design or African design.

  • Look at African textiles and objects in local museums or travel to areas that have museums with African collections.

  • Visit local stores that sell African objects, furniture and textiles. See what's available.

  • Choose your color schemes. Do you want Moroccan pastels or safari earth tones? Paint a wall brown or terra cotta and use an African mask or statue to get the feel.

  • If you don't want to spend a lot of money, cover pillows with African-inspired fabric or just cover cornices with an African fabric and use sheer curtains.

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