The concept of African lodge luxury has grown and evolved in leaps and bounds since its humble recreation in cult classics such as Out of Africa. Today, the luxurious lodge feel is not only reserved for holiday destinations but is being recreated in homes across the globe.
If you’re looking to overhaul a section of your home- perhaps an entertainment area or communal lounge and bring a little luxury lodge feel, who better than the Darkie Designs team to tackle this project for you?
But, first thing’s first, where to start and where to draw inspiration?
This may seem like an obvious answer, but recreating a luxury lodge feel in your home doesn’t have to be about khaki and African prints alone. Instead, there’s a distinct nod towards old-school glamour and the use of mixed textiles, metals, woods, fixtures and indigenous African arts and crafts.
The use of African prints and locally made textiles are particularly important and right on trend. The diverse materials, prints and textures perfectly create a chic safari feel, no matter the room.
Add to this the use of mixed woods – dark panelling and washed out beech is also incredibly popular, while brass and soft golf fixtures are must-have features. Textiles such as wicker, canvas and macramé all have their place too, working to spin a modern feel on old-school safari camp classics
At Darkie Designs, this is our speciality – we offer an assortment of locally sourced and ethically produced African artworks, furniture pieces, colourful textiles and more.
We believe that incorporating the locally made crafts of African artisans works to truly capture the essence of an African lodge. At the forefront of all of our home designs, we stay true to the location by giving credit to the environment where it’s due.
We also believe in taking into account the practical side of African lodge design, depending on your location. It’s important to use materials that will stand the test of time and the harshness of the elements. This practicality is not something we sacrifice over trends or aesthetics. Instead, there are other ways and means of bringing character to a room.
Essentially, the fool-proof way of pulling off a true luxury lodge feel is to remain authentic to your environment, focusing on highlighting beautiful local features, in a modern way. At Darkie Designs this is our real passion, and we’d be delighted to collaborate on your next luxury lodge project with you!