In the world of home decor, the term "Colonial" is most often used and attributed to the design period of the 18th century in America. The rich English Georgian decor came to the New World and became known as "American Colonial." Georgian decor elements, such as paint selections in earth tones and stylish fireplaces, translated to Colonial America by way of new homeowners. The uniquely American style gave a comfortable, laid back feel to homes. If you are thinking about using this decorating style, follow these steps.
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Things you need
- Earth-tone paints and paint supplies
- Oriental-style floor coverings
- Fabric elements for curtains and furniture (plaids, birds and flowers)
- Colonial light fixtures and wall sconces
The background colours of your home play a vital role in incorporating the colonial style. Paint your walls with earth tones of greens or blues. You also can choose a floral-patterned wallpaper for accent colours. To really create a flow in your home choose colours of a similar palette.
Add layers of warmth to your colonial style home by covering wooden and brick floors with area rugs. Choose rugs in warm rich colours that complement your walls. Popular choices are oriental-style rugs featuring a motif of birds or flowers.
Add lighting in keeping with the colonial style. Brass wall sconces with mirrored backs make beautiful lighting accents. Bring in floor lamps with colonial style shades to bring light to corners. Glass chandeliers are a beautiful genuine touch.
Bring fabrics into your home that reflect a traditional colonial style. Couches, chairs and throw pillow accents should complement your wall colours and pull together your colour scheme. Consider adding simple plaids and splashes of bright colour like royal red and blue.
Drapery styles for colonial homes are traditional tieback draperies. Decorative touches like rich-looking tassels can be added to the tie backs.
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