What is the colonial ? This style, often referred to as ethnic, has no particular design. It is often described as a mix of styles from many cultures.
It refers to the colonial era, of course, furniture and decoration created during that period. He was greatly romanticized in literature and the cinema - cinema.
Colonial modernized in a salon trend
This period of history makes it possible the flow of a large number of shapes and design styles. We should also mention that the mention of this subject is still sensitive and controversial. In our article, we will focus on the aesthetics of the design style and how it is possible to recreate one of the rooms of the house: living room, bedroom, desk, entrance hall, kitchen.
Modern living room decorated with colonial elements
Interior open with furniture and decoration inspired by the Colonial style
The colonial style is indeed coping style to a climate and a different culture. Any European who settled in one of the colonies, was to meet a different lifestyle. The materials, furniture, decoration, diversified, with its unique way of what was already present in the West in interior design. It is this meeting that the colonial style was born, a style described as "simple and functional, which reconciles the beautiful and the useful." One of the major works that is interested in this topic is that of Jérôme Coignard and Roland Beaufre, entitled "Colonial".
Living room with furniture and ethnic style décor, design Jonathan Winslow
It was at that time that the planter's chair appears for the first time and enters the interior design of the colonized countries, and the rocking chair, mosquito net draped four-poster inspired by the style Georgian and extensive bench caned Louis XV style. In return, teak, rattan, but also the bungalow, the porch and the safari chair invade ancient Europe.
An interior with authentic style objects, source: AD Magazine
This design style is made taboo for decades by the bad conscience of the former colonial countries: France, England, Spain. The colonial theme is a decorative style in itself, from Mexico to Trinidad via the Maghreb and Indonesia. Let's explore how this theme is introduced and integrated into contemporary interiors through our gallery of 24 images.
An office within Spain designed in this style of design
An entry with a layout and décor inspired by the colonial theme
Solid wood is very present in the interiors of this design style as varied furniture: table, desk, chair, dresser and many others.
elegant style and tastefully chair planter
In 1997, Roche Bobois group, created COLONIAL HOUSE, a series of furniture inspired by Indonesia and Indochina French nineteenth and early twentieth century. Its main idea is to renew the exotic and inviting contemporary interiors in the form of the original furniture, where velvet, linen and wood (teak, sheesham, bamboo, acacia, mango) dominate.
The veranda invaded ancient Europe with the colonial theme
Idea of colonial-inspired décor with authentic vases
It is possible to design an entire room with pieces of furniture and decoration in this design style. This will require still some investment, because such objects are generally quite expensive.
Living room with an interior design inspired from the colonial era
It is also possible to install an object, furniture or decorative, colonial theme and accentuate it. A large wooden dresser with finely crafted decorative details will never remain unnoticed.
Rustic interior furnished and decorated with authentic objects
Have you ever heard of Georgian? This design style is also called "colonial". Basically, it was rustic and refined, as were the Georgian carpenters who do enter the US territory in the seventeenth century. It is then that it becomes increasingly rich and worked. It is, nowadays associated with interiors designed with materials and noble and luxurious materials.
A Georgian interior stylstye, designer Charles Faudree
Dining room designed in Georgian style with nice curtains
Idea of a kitchen rustic and colonial style with a central island
We see an interesting object, very present in the interiors designed in colonial theme: the palm. This plant, which has become synonymous with exoticism because it does not grow in Europe at the time, is a historical decoration.
Large terrace decorated with floor mats genuine reason
The prize: an exotic plant that calls to Western interiors
In the bedroom or living room, you can afford the installation of pillows and blankets with patterns that evoke the exotic: flowers, palms, bamboo and others.
Bedroom with décor and ethnic inspired furnishings
You do not have to spend much money to recreate a little touch of this style in your home. Watch this bedroom where the wall was decorated with an African mask:
decorated bedroom with African objects
Candlestick, often associated with Shabby chic style and vintage style are also very present in the interiors designed in colonial theme, as is the case of this bedroom:
Bedroom with a bed frame and a vintage chandelier
The veils and curtains are also very present, especially in the design of the bedrooms and living rooms.
Bedroom of modern style with carpet in ethnic style
Finally, you guessed it: this design style has been a taboo subject for many years for several reasons: historical, cultural and political. Today, he invites contemporary interiors as a subtle blend and "global" from the past, which took the best design of the West and the East ...
Bedroom decorated with ethnic-style objects
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