The Colonial Style – Interpreted 6 Different Ways

Photo by Cooper Johnson Smith Architects and Town Planners We were featured on Houzz, in the following article: What is allowed, design-wise? Whatever pleases you. That’s why you can interpret the colonial style as maritime, airy-light or dramatic. Dark wood, natural materials such as rattan, leather or linen and exotic accessories – this is how we know the colonial style, which combines traditional European design with elements of distant lands. We have put together 6 ideas on how to interpret this style in a classical way or in a different way. Classic The colonial style, as we typically know it: dark furniture made from precious mahogany and teak woods, but also from tropical hardwoods such as rosewood or acacia. In addition, textiles made of natural materials, such as linen, cotton, sisal, bamboo, rattan or coconut. Complemented by decorative accessories from foreign cultures. These include large maps, chests, old leather and metal suitcases, animal skins or exotic, colorful flowers. Cool and delicate Delicate pastel shades such as light blue, mint, rose or apricot make a great counterpoint to dark, elegant wooden furniture. Above all, finely and elaborately processed furniture with cassette doors, knobs and curved forms benefits from this combination – the colonial style gets an elegant and lively touch. Embroidered or filigree patterned textiles complete the look. Warm and inviting A particularly harmonious combination: light rattan furniture and warm, intense colors. From strong yellow to bright orange to spirited red – this color palette gives the colonial style something pleasantly warm and inviting. For lively accents, you can add large green plants that bring freshness into the room. Great base: natural tones such as beige or nude prevent the room from being overloaded. Photo by Franck Minieri, Photographer Maritime and fresh Ship Ahoy! The colonial style also fits a maritime feel, which gains its inspiration from the trips of great explorers overseas. Dark wood furniture blends beautifully with sand-colored rugs and upholstered furniture. Complete the look with linen and cotton textiles in the maritime blue and white colors, with a few beach finds or wind chimes. Airy-light Of course, you can achieve the colonial style with bright colors and subtle exoticism. White walls and bright furniture complement the ornately decorated accessories and filigree carvings. With tropical plants, either real and/or printed on textiles, bring cheerful accents into the room. Photo by Jacqueline deMontravel Color intensive and dramatic Don’t be afraid of color! Who says that colonial style furniture always has to be brown? Straight wood and rattan lend themselves to painting in rich colors. It is important that you put the appropriate companions with this style. Textiles and accessories should be tailored to the furniture color, so that the daring style mix is ​​not too restless. Photo by Jennifer A. Emmer/Feng Shui Style

The Colonial Style – Interpreted 6 Different Ways

What is allowed, design-wise? Whatever pleases you. That’s why you can interpret the colonial style as maritime, airy-light or dramatic.

Dark wood, natural materials such as rattan, leather or linen and exotic accessories – this is how we know the colonial style, which combines traditional European design with elements of distant lands. We have put together 6 ideas on how to interpret this style in a classical way or in a different way.

Classic

The colonial style, as we typically know it: dark furniture made from precious mahogany and teak woods, but also from tropical hardwoods such as rosewood or acacia. In addition, textiles made of natural materials, such as linen, cotton, sisal, bamboo, rattan or coconut. Complemented by decorative accessories from foreign cultures. These include large maps, chests, old leather and metal suitcases, animal skins or exotic, colorful flowers.

Cool and delicate

Delicate pastel shades such as light blue, mint, rose or apricot make a great counterpoint to dark, elegant wooden furniture. Above all, finely and elaborately processed furniture with cassette doors, knobs and curved forms benefits from this combination – the colonial style gets an elegant and lively touch. Embroidered or filigree patterned textiles complete the look.


Warm and inviting

A particularly harmonious combination: light rattan furniture and warm, intense colors. From strong yellow to bright orange to spirited red – this color palette gives the colonial style something pleasantly warm and inviting. For lively accents, you can add large green plants that bring freshness into the room. Great base: natural tones such as beige or nude prevent the room from being overloaded.

Photo by Franck Minieri, Photographer

Maritime and fresh

Ship Ahoy! The colonial style also fits a maritime feel, which gains its inspiration from the trips of great explorers overseas. Dark wood furniture blends beautifully with sand-colored rugs and upholstered furniture. Complete the look with linen and cotton textiles in the maritime blue and white colors, with a few beach finds or wind chimes.

Airy-light

Of course, you can achieve the colonial style with bright colors and subtle exoticism. White walls and bright furniture complement the ornately decorated accessories and filigree carvings. With tropical plants, either real and/or printed on textiles, bring cheerful accents into the room.

Photo by Jacqueline deMontravel

Color intensive and dramatic

Don’t be afraid of color! Who says that colonial style furniture always has to be brown? Straight wood and rattan lend themselves to painting in rich colors. It is important that you put the appropriate companions with this style. Textiles and accessories should be tailored to the furniture color, so that the daring style mix is ​​not too restless.

Photo by Jennifer A. Emmer/Feng Shui Style