20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats

Today I wanted to share with you my latest design obsession: the juju hat. A juju what? You heard me right; we’re talking African Juju Hats. The Juju hat is an African headdress (also known as a Bamiléké feather headdress or Tyn Hat) hand-crafted with feathers. Found throughout Cameroon in West Africa, the feathers are sewn onto a tight raffia base and covered with wood or cloth. Each hat is carefully constructed by a group of up to 4 artisans for several days. Juju hats are worn by prominent Bamiléké tribe members as well as dignitaries and tribe Juju dancers. Notably in today’s design world, Juju hats have become increasingly popular amongst interior designers in the past several years who use them as wall art.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design

The juju hat designs add major texture, but also great pops of color and warmth. If you’re someone who never can decide on the right piece of artwork (raises hand sheepishly), then juju hats might be perfect for you. Neutral enough to fit in a wide variety of spaces – we’re talking dining rooms, bedrooms, entryways, closets, even bathrooms – but bold enough to have a big impact and draw just the right amount of attention, juju hats are a decorator’s dream (from novice to seasoned, I promise you.) Whether it’s one juju hat as a focal point above a piece (think fireplace mantle or headboard) or a whole juju wall installation (how great do the groups of juju hats look?), there really are so many interesting ways to decorate with juju hats. These juju hats also work in every season – they can feel summery and bright for spring and summer, but can also warm up a space with texture and depth in fall and winter. I definitely have my eye on a cream juju hat for our living room.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Black Juju Hat in a Funky Living Room

Living Room Makeover via Waiting on Martha.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Table Tonic Bamileke Juju Hat and Moroccan Wedding Blanket

Entryway with Juju Hats and Moroccan Wedding Blanket via Table Tonic.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Entryway Decorated with Juju Hats Cluster

Entryway Decorated with Juju Hats Cluster via Table Tonic.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Bedroom Decorating with a Juju Hat

Juju Hat over a Bedroom Dresser via STFrank.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Foyer Design with a Bright Orange Juju Hat

Foyer Design with a Bright Orange Juju Hat via Atlanta Homes.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Colorful Juju Hat over an Entryway Table

Colorful Juju Hat over an Entryway Table via Nashville Lifestyles.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Black and White Juju Hat Display

Black and White Juju Hat Display via The English Room.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - White Juju Hat in a Kitchen Redesign

White Juju Hat in a Kitchen Redesign via Safari Fusion.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Girls Bedroom with African Juju Hat

Girls Bedroom with African Juju Hat via D Home.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Juju Hat in the Bathroom

Juju Hat in the Bathroom via Creative Homebody.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Juju Hat in the Family Room, Above the Fireplace Mantle

Juju Hat in the Family Room via The Scout Guide.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Natural Juju Hat Installation in a Dining Room

Natural Juju Hat Dining Room Installation via Kronbali.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Three Colorful Juju Hats in an Office

Three Colorful Juju Hats in an Office via The Home.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Bedroom with Juju Hat on the Wall

Bedroom with Juju Hat on the Wall via Society of Wanderers.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Juju Hat on the Fireplace Mantle - Living Room Design

Juju Hat on the Living Room Fireplace Mantle via House Seven.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Juju Hat Over a Fireplace

Juju Hat Over a Fireplace via Table Tonic.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Juju Hats in a Cozy Space with Moroccan Blanket

Juju Hats in a Cozy Space with Moroccan Blanket via Society of Wanderers.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Entryway Juju Hat

Entryway Juju Hat Design via Chatelaine.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - Bedroom Design with a Juju Hat Above the Bed

Eclectic Bedroom with Juju Hat Over the Bed via Waiting on Martha.

20 Ways to Decorate with African Juju Hats - Feather Headdresses - Interior Design - juju hat in a modern bohemian hallway

Juju Hat in a Modern Bohemian Hallway via My Domaine.

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2 comments


  1. Crystal

    Love this post! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Emily

    I’m cracking up, had no idea what that was – thanks for enlightening me! Such awesome texture and a great conversation starter!

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