Over the years the Ankara fabric has transitioned from being perfect for clothes and fashion items alone. It has crept into the interior design world and now has a prominent niche of its own.
In Nigeria, it’s a great way to show support for indigenous brands that make these items. There are a great number of african inspired decor and art exhibitions and events where a lot of these pieces are up for purchase.
The beautiful craftsmanship and design in home furniture, utensils, art and a lot more are highly aesthetically appealing. The home decor pieces are vibrant and easily become the centerpieces of any home.
Here are some really cool ways you can use the fabrics in your home decor
Chairs and Leg Rests
Tables and chairs are one of the most popular home furniture used to display the beautiful prints. It adds style and color to any room.
Throw Pillows and Bed Pillows
Throw pillows are very popular ankara home items. They are easily accessible and very beautiful.
You can choose to go minimal when decorating by choosing a plain theme for the walls and chairs and adding a pop of print with these cool throw pillows.
Some people are more open to having a lot of print in their homes and embrace using pillows and bed sheets with prints to match and compliment each other.
Cups and Plates
Add some style to your meals with vibrant printed plates and cups. Just picture some yummy jollof rice complimenting your new ankara plate, bliss!
Adding a splash of colour with african prints is always a good idea! These spectacular art works, mirror, and frames will add a special twist to your home decor.
Another great way to add the fabric to your home decor is with lamps. With so many appealing designs and prints, it will definitely give your home an instant makeover.
Nothing says ‘african and proud’ like some ankara inspired flower pots.
Helpful secret: By using several pots in different designs you can showcase the same plant collection without them looking boring. Wink!
Trays and Table Mats
Another fun addition to the dining area. The gorgeously printed mats will speak for themselves.
Room and Shower Curtains
Match your curtains to the pillows, use them in the room or for the bathroom. These afrocentric statements will give a stylish look to your house.
Some general tips for using Ankara in home decor
- Start easy with a minimalistic color foundation, so that the prints and colour of the decor can bounce off the plain palette and shine more.
- Don’t try too hard to make a big splash with the prints, sometimes you can match 2-4 designs in different decor items; wall art, pillows, curtain, and lamps. The trick is to make sure these different fabrics all compliment each other.
- Finally, resist the urge to use all the ankara home decor items you can find. It will most likely be the focal point of the room so don’t let things get confusing and tacky.