Colonial style appeared like a new trend in the design of interiors in the era of colonization (XVI-XVII centuries). European travelers brought not only news of the rich lands of Asia, America or Africa, but also new developments in the field of housing. Discoveries of this kind have been done a lot. As a result, the colonial style absorbed a variety of textures, colors and accessories, while retaining a unique connotation. This allowed the colonial style to develop into a separate direction with a peculiar aesthetics.
A specific mix of exoticism and tradition has made the colonial interior one of the most popular. The harmonious combination of east and west in one space has given a completely unusual sound.
Today, the traditions of colonial style also find a worthy continuation in modern interiors. He is close to strong people with a developed artistic flair and high aesthetic demands. Designers from all over the world appreciate for authenticity and a special atmosphere the colonial style.
Characteristic elements and accessories
For the first time “summer” furniture made of bamboo and rattan appeared in European homes thanks to the colonial style. Decor objects from brass, bronze or other metals are in harmony with wicker furniture. When decorating walls, designers use carved panels, decorative plates, fans, horns of wild animals, masks of African shamans along with works of painting. Add vegetation (bamboo, palm trees, exotic flowers) in the interior to create an atmosphere of tropical forests.
You can use chests, suitcases and wicker baskets for decorating an apartment and storing various items.
Lighting is quite traditional, but it has some peculiarities. Marble, bronze and leather combine in the production of lamps. Upper and lower luminaire are being decorated in different ways. For example, it is appropriate to supplement the European chandelier with a sconce or a lamp with ethnic motives. Lampshade from dense flax or silk can be not with classic intricate vegetal ornament, but with an African pattern. The main thing is that the result is holistic and harmonious. By the way, ethnic patterns are also found in the style of Boho.
When choosing a color scheme, as a rule, designers stop on warm natural shades. Yellow, sandy, terracotta or the color of freshly cut grass are the most appropriate colors in the finishing. They complement the intelligent traditions of Europe with the notes of the African savannah. This background allows you to get along decor and accessories of a wide variety of concepts in the same room.
Materials (floor, walls, ceiling)
There is no place for artificial materials (plastic, synthetic) in interior decoration. Use only natural materials of very different origin: leather, clay, stone, wood. The walls can also be from wood panels in traditional English style. This is not surprising, because the colonial style is a successful mix of different types of cultures, none of which is subordinated to the other.
Furniture in the colonial style usually made of wood, bamboo or rattan, and for making wicker furniture use water hyacinth. It is no less durable, solid and attractive than rattan.
When finishing the floor use a floor covering with a texture of bleached oak (floorboards, paneled parquet or laminate). The most suitable option is a massive flooring board of stained wood. It is possible to finish the floor with ceramic tiles with stylization for a stone or brick. Carpet paths, large carpets and mats also fit properly for the floor.
Interiors in the colonial style are most suitable for people who are used to traveling frequently to various exotic places. After all, one of the most effective techniques is to decorate the home with different souvenirs and ethnic items.