Moroccan kitchen floor tiles in blue pattern with wood cabinets
credit: Leanne Ford

Are you a more is more type of person who loves intricate patterns, loads of texture, and jewel tones? If so, the allure of Moroccan style might be calling to you. Intrigued? Read on.

Moroccan interior design has its roots in the East, emphasizing fluid lines (think arches), contrasting vibrant hues, luxe fabric and, possibly the most defining characteristic of all, tile featuring geometric patterns which grace doorways, furniture, and floors. Unless you're new around these parts, you're likely aware that cement and encaustic tile (where the design is inlaid into the tile and not applied just to the surface) have been popular for quite some time. They can transform a humdrum space and impart a one-of-a-kind look to any indoor or outdoor space.

In Morocco, tiled flooring was born out of practicality, staying cool underfoot even in the dead of summer where temperatures hover around 100 degrees. But make no mistake: These tiles are a great option even if you live in a more temperate climate. And while we love the look of brightly colored Moroccan floor tiles in any room, we're especially fond of it in the kitchen. Check out the following six spaces to see exactly what we're talking about.

1. Create an indoor oasis.

Are you looking to create a laid-back cook space that feels lush and tropical? Make like mix-master of the design variety, Justina Blakeney, and layer shades of green from the floor up, starting with a lattice-patterned Moroccan floor tile. A glossy emerald zellige tile backsplash takes center stage and is tempered by white cabinets and plenty of wood accents for warmth, while an assortment of plants quite literally bring it all to life.

2. Anchor a neutral space.

Moroccan kitchen floor tiles in blue pattern with wood cabinets
credit: Leanne Ford

Use a Moroccan floor tile idea in soothing blues to keep a moody space from taking itself too seriously. Leanne Ford, known for high-contrast spaces that are anything but predictable, creates a streamlined kitchen with square tile backsplash and flat-front cabinets sans hardware. Moorish-inspired pendant lights add personality without distracting.

3. Choose black and white.

black and white Moroccan kitchen floor tiles with black cabinets and white countertops
credit: Studio McGee

Looking to infuse a dose of Moroccan style, but aren't into color? Consider using a graphic black and white kitchen flooring idea like the one in this monochrome cook space by Shea of Studio McGee. Classic white subway tile, two-tone cabinets, and simple accessories keep all eyes focused on the floor.

4. Add flair to a traditional space.

Moroccan kitchen floor tiles with blue cabinets and white countertops
credit: Granada Tile

Put a unique spin on a traditionally appointed kitchen with richly hued eclectic floor tile, à la this space seen at Granada Tile. Influenced by its surroundings, deep blues are a common color found in Moroccan interiors and a natural fit for kitchens. The addition of wood elements gives this space a rustic undertone that's warm and welcoming.

5. Go neutral.

star motif Moroccan kitchen floor tiles with wood cabinets
credit: Jenny Komenda

Moroccan interiors are all about combining shapes and pattern, almost as much as they're about color. In this earthy space by Jenny Komenda, natural wood cabinets play nice with traditional star motif mosaic floor tile, while luxe finishes like marble countertops, brass hardware, and an oversize farmhouse sink keep the look sophisticated.

6. Make a compact space sing.

Don't shy away from bold choices if you're working with small spaces — they deserve big personality, too. Emily Henderson creates depth in a classically designed cookery with a hardworking kitchen floor tile idea. Glamorous details like gold hardware, white countertops, and cornflower blue cabinets balance the free-spirited pattern.


Jaclyn Schatzow

Jaclyn Schatzow

Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA