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Colonial Interior Design

Thursday, 12 February 2009

colonial interior designOnce you mix different styles it may result in either something vulgar and inharmonic or new and vivid phenomenon. Colonial interior style is the case referred to the second case. Blend of the European accuracy and original flavor of Indian and Asian countries gave birth to a color eclectic style. As the name itself says, the colonial style originated back to the period of colonial captures by England, France, Spain and Portugal.

The «invaders» used to settle at the captured territories and in a while they felt liking to exciting and original cultural customs and traditions of the natives, and the interior is one of those things to grab attention of colonizers. When going back to their native lands, the colonizers took smart ideas and local handicrafts leaving European things. Thereby, interpenetration of two cultures was incredibly rigorous. With the lapse of time this mixture got smoother and better managed. Currently the colonial style enjoys the popularity as the next ones.

First of all, this style provides the feeling as if the space is full of light and air. And the peculiarity of the colonial interior is in spacious rooms, non-restricted design with very conditional zoning. A large sitting room is the focal point to concentrate around, while the other spaces may distinguish for lowering or rising up the ceiling and floor, curtains, movable screens and light blinds.

The interior uses natural color with dominance of white, beige, terra-cottaте, and olive, and natural shades of tree, stone and clay. All colors bring positive emotions, they bring joy and pacification. Brighter blue or green shades may be found in textile trimming, like in sofa cushions or in the interior things, like vases.

The floor is covered by dark stained or unlikely light, almost whiten planks. The floor may be covered by a ceramic tile replicating natural stone. For the heating purposes, the tile is covered by mats or carpets with floweret or geometric patterns.

The walls are base coated or painted into warm and sunny positive colors, and the bright-yellow is not an exception. If you prefer wallpapers, then you'd better choose the ones made in English style, in small symmetric prints (this is recognition of colonizers).

Furniture is simple and impressive. The artisans, natives of captured countries, learned slowly but surely the European technique of furniture making, though it appeared to look somewhat rough, material was not well processed, and all this adds a unique original spirit. Ancient time styled forgets and wooden trunks and baskets are widely practiced to store various items. And beds, armchairs and sofas are abundantly ornamented with forget grids or wicker screens. Wicker items in colonial interior is a must item to have. As an alternative, armchairs and chairs, large and smaller screens, window sun blinds are made from rattan and cane. The modern option of wicker screens are sliding doors made as a wooden frame with wicker canvas or rattan framings inside.

Windows are decorated with curtains from sheer curtain lace and heavy velvet or gabardine shutters trimmed with embroidery. As an option, a room without any shades and curtains, but then interior jalousie is required made from rattan, carved wool or fabric strung to wooden frames.

And, ornamental items are good to use for furniture decoration resembling fauna of captured countries. Sculptures with elephants and turtles and sofa covers with leopard pattern can create the original atmosphere. Yet, furniture with legs in shape of lions, turtles or painstaking monkeys will resemble the art of artisans of colonial age.

If you wish to create a colonial interior, you'd better have big floor-stand plants in big flowerpot from raw clay in stock. Palms, big fern and orchids are the best to plant. Floor vases of deep pastel shade or flower ornamented ones do not spoil pot flowers. Decorative fans and carved dishes also look very original. Classic desk lamps have the lampshades of silk or linen, the base is marble, bronze and ceramic. Yet, you might want to decorate your house with glazed herbarium and compositions with exotic butterflies so much loved by colonizers to make your interior more vivid and special.

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