I have to confess, I’m not a huge fan of Moroccan style – key-hole doors and lattice windows being a tricky (and drafty) look to pull off in North London. However, a recent visit to the Alhambra Palace in southern Spain may have changed my mind. Can’t tell you much about the history of the place, but I can reveal that they knew a thing or two about how to decorate walls and floors…

Mixing vibrant colour, bold pattern and rustic materials – adding warmth with tiles may not be such a modern idea after all. This could work well in a hallway or a downstairs loo…

Could see this inspiring a bold and original splashback in an eclectic kitchen

Despite their love of  intricate detailing, those Moors knew not to over-egg things. Note how the highly patterned relief plaster work doesn’t get any colour or extraneous embellishment. Left to its neutral plaster shade keeps it sophisticated. Moorish Minimalism? You heard it here first, folks…

Neil, deputy editor

If you are keen to add a bit of Moorish influence into your home, click here. For everything you need to know about decorating with tiles, click here.

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