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BN Living: 8 Beautiful ways to Infuse Ankara into your Home Decor



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.

Victor Ehikhamenor’s “Sunday Chair”

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!

Wall Art

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.

Flower Pots

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.

Mary Edoro is a seasoned writer, editor and digital creator. She has developed her skill by writing for renowned websites, using words to express her love for fashion and is quickly solidifying herself as one to watch in the industry both in fashion editorial and as an influencer in her own right. Follow her on Instagram @themaryedoro BellaNaija Beauty: [email protected] @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Style: @bellanaijastyle


  1. Toye

    August 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Wow! Loving the creativity here

  2. Hilz

    August 31, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    This is really beautiful!!!

  3. Rainbow

    August 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Very beautiful

  4. mrs chidukane

    August 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    wow! bookmarking for when I start decorating my new home.

  5. The beloved One

    August 31, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    It is creative, quite alright. However, I think I would feel awkward if I were to visit a friend or walk into a room, in my gorgeous outfit, only to find the same Ankara used as curtains, throw pillows, bed sheets etc.

    • Teekay

      August 31, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      And so? You continue to rock it! . African prints have been underutilised for years, we finally see the beauty in them and we must continue to discover new ways by which we can incoporate them in our daily lives. I see these items been used beyond the our continent! Such creativity!

  6. The beloved One

    August 31, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    *in my gorgeous Ankara outfit

  7. momo

    August 31, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    please where can i get really nice ankara throw pillows in lagos esp lekki ..i need to give it as gifts

    • layoadelagun

      August 31, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      terra Kulture @ VI should have.. you can check them out.

    • neon

      August 31, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      try @karaafrica on instagram, not sure where they are based, but i had some delivered to me.

  8. Californiabawlar

    September 1, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Wow! This is the most useful resource the internet has bequeathed me all year ? Thanks BN/Mary! ?

  9. ec

    September 1, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I am here for this

  10. Ruhamah

    September 1, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I love this. Creative!!!!

  11. 'Diddie

    September 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Beautiful…i like , i like

  12. mina

    May 16, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Target blackout curtains Australia can be placed in any area of the room where you would like to have complete privacy. This means that you can dress the windows in black fabric and hang a valance over the curtains.

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