Due to this huge collection and my love for African Art, my previous apartment was fully decked out with all my African pieces in every room. Every wall had a painting, every table had a carving and every shelf had some art as well as instruments. I was living in my own little Afrocentric sanctuary; no one could enter my place and not know I was African LOL...
Once I moved into my condo, which meant downsizing, I knew I would not have enough space to display all my wonderful African art. Now came the difficult task of picking and choosing which pieces to use and the hard task of backing away all the rest of my beloved pieces and putting them in storage :( In addition, because I wanted to keep the design of my new space very clean, simple and modern, I could only only use a handful of pieces in order to maintain a simplistic look to the space.
If your space in neutral, African art can be a nice colourful accent to your space. On the other hand, if your place it has a brighter colour scheme, African art such as wood carvings are great for toning things down.
For this post I'll focus on the living room. Because my place has a neutral colour scheme, I chose pieced that would compliment my orange accent colour theme.
|Unity Wood Carving & Bowl: Ghana|
|Woven Fan, Kalimba Instrument & Unity Wood Carving: Ghana / Globe: Homesense|
Next, I wanted to display some pieces within my shelving unit. Open shelving is meant for displaying, whether it be art, books, pictures or many other things. Thus, this is the perfect place to really showcase some of your African Art. On my shelf, I have more wood carvings and well as an instrument at the top of the shelf. The first item is a cute orange woven fan with a wood carved handle that I got in Ghana. Second is a Ghanaian Kalimba instrument my Dad brought me from Ghana. Lastly is a another unity carving from Ghana, however, in place of the bowl i have placed an orange globe that I found at Homesense. And, of course I made sure that the African continent was front and center! :)
|African Print Dinnerware Set: Anthropologie|
|Djembe & Dondo Drums: Ghana|
For now, these are the pieces I've used in the living room, however, I'm sure over time I will slowly add a few more pieces or rotate some new African art pieces in my place. The next item to add for sure is an African painting on the wall, so will definitely be looking out for one on my next trip to the Continent in December.
Happy decorating! :)