The colonial style in the interior is a mix of several directions. It arose at a time when the leading countries seized new territories and formed colonies. Europeans brought comfort and luxury to this style, while Asians and Africans brought originality and exoticism. As an independent direction, it took shape at the beginning of the 19th century. The interiors of large houses were decorated in this style, because it is perfect for cottages.
FEATURES OF THE COLONIAL STYLE
The following features are characteristic of the colonial style:
- the use of a large number of natural materials: wood, leather, stone;
- calm colors;
- an abundance of wood both in decoration and decor items;
- massive dark wood furniture;
- an abundance of wicker furniture and design elements;
- the presence of African or Asian decor items.
COTTAGE DESIGN ELEMENTS IN COLONIAL STYLE
For colonial-style cottage designs use light colors both on the walls and on the ceiling. Most often you can see white, cream, pale yellow. In addition, some rooms can be completely finished with wood. Dark woods look especially beautiful on the walls. When designing a cottage, such techniques are acceptable, since there is a fairly large space for this. The floor in such interiors is usually made of parquet or laminate. It is necessary to choose natural colors for the floor, all shades of brown are best. The colonial style is characterized by massive dark wood furniture. It may have carved elements and leather trim. In addition, the best choice would be furniture and different sets. Also, bamboo and rattan furniture should be added to the design of colonial-style cottages. Decor should not stand out from the overall picture of the interior. It is better to choose in soothing colors. Suitable African figurines and paintings, oriental vases and plates. In addition, the presence of carpet and skins on the floor is mandatory. In a large room, you can put a wooden chest or basket. The chandelier should be either a massive bronze color or with a fan. As for the color of the curtains, ocher and sand shades are preferred here. The colonial style is perfect for decorating cottages, as it implies a large space.