Colonial styles in the interior
For the first time, the direction began to form in the 18th century, during the period of the active development of Great Britain, geographical discoveries and the colonization of other lands.
When the British mastered other lands, cultures began to mix. At first, the colonialists erected their houses and furnished the interiors in the same way as their ancestors and countrymen did. However, after a while, their homes began to enrich themselves with local flavor.
If at first the houses in the colonial style were reminiscent of not quite high-quality copies of the Georgian style, which was popular in England at that time, then after a short period, the style began to show characteristic features to it.
India had a considerable influence on the current, as it was a colony of Britain for a long time; and today you can see Indian features in this style.
Another trend that contributed to the formation is a classic. It was in her harmoniously joined the Indian flavor.
A little later than the British colonial style, similar trends began to form in France and America. However, the British genre turned out to be the most durable and popular. This is due to the desire of the British to remain loyal to the traditions and to pass at home with their contents from generation to generation.
In today’s article we will talk about the British direction, as well as a little in the next section about two similar directions.
French and American colonial style
The main influence was made by Asia, namely China and Vietnam. Morocco also had a small impact with its distinctive color and decor, created by painstaking manual work.
This direction is characterized by lightness, airiness, the predominance of light color schemes and more spacious rooms, in contrast to the traditional British style. Often in these interiors you can find decor and patterns in the Asian style.
American colonial style began to actively develop during the Civil War. At this time, the Americans began to move away from the English situation.
Dwellings became spacious, light and not so restrained in style, as they were before. Symmetry began to fade into the background, and the decoration and decor in the same room ceased to preserve similar features without fail.
The main features of the English colonial style
Consider the main features of the English colonial style, which have become an integral part.
Spacious rooms with large windows.
Considered space zoning, walk-through facilities.
Windows and doors in the form of arches.
The living room has a fireplace, trimmed with natural, often massive stone.
Finishing materials – wood, stone, wallpaper, sometimes plaster.
Primary colors – pastel, all shades of brown, olive, peach, terracotta, green, unsaturated red, yellow, blue.
The furniture is usually with a base of wood upholstered in Indian style – rich colors, expressive pattern. On the sofas and beds, decorative pillows. Cabinets with glass doors.
Symmetrical forms predominate.
Furniture and other objects of the rooms are ordered, there is no randomness and negligence.
Exotic ornaments, in particular colors of the tiger, leopard.
Natural fabrics are silk, leather, linen and wool.
Natural carpets with a low nap.
Carved decor, exotic vases, figurines, figurines of exotic animals, oil painting, indoor plants.
Lighting – central, often crystal chandeliers, floor lamps, lampshades peculiar to the style of color schemes.