The British Colonial, a timeless style

Welcome to colonial interiors with their grand entrance halls, polished wood floors, neutral paint palettes, and their light touch of woodwork and paneling. In interior design, the Colonial Style borrows the decorative motifs of the wealthiest citizens of the colonial times.

This is a decorative style that is always in fashion. There are trends that come and go from time to time and others that are always present. One of those trends that never goes out of style is the Colonial Style. On the contrary, it is furiously fashionable again for the warmth it brings and the serenity it transmits to large and small spaces.

The Origins

The Colonial Style comes from a mixture of cultures that makes it extremely attractive. This style is inspired by the decoration of the houses of the former colonies in the 19th century. The classic European furniture designs were handcrafted with exotic woods by local artisans.

Woods such as teak or mahogany are the protagonists of this style, which evoke distant lands, tropical and exotic Asian countries. These artisans made important pieces, very solid furniture. The most common are screens, display cabinets, sideboards and bookcases


This is the style of naturalness. Linen is the favorite fabric of the Colonial Style and the one that brings freshness to this decorative trend. Linen is used in upholstery, in the curtains and in the large cushions located on the sofas and on the floor, forming magnificent sets. The thick cotton also serves to upholster armchairs.

All kinds of natural fibers that give a feeling of warmth to spaces, such as rattan or raffia, which we find in the furniture. They are also present in carpets, curtains, screens, mirror frames, lamps and other decorative accessories. Always combined with dark woods.

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The Colors of the Colonial Style

There is no way to go wrong here. The Colonial Style color palette is neutral. From white, all creams, earths and ochers. Dark wood furniture with white or beige upholstery, dark wood floors as well, walls in light neutral tones. The touch of color is provided by the green of the plants and the cushions and decorative accessories. We have to be careful not go too far from the ocher and reddish tones, the colors of the earth.

For the curtains we use light colors and supports in dark wood. Currently we can find colonial-inspired furniture in light tones as well, although the pure style uses dark exotic woods such as Iroko, Mindi, Teak or Wenge. Stone, glass or wrought iron also add character to this style, as well as Bamboo and Wicker in small decorative elements.

The Final Touches

They have a more important value than in other decorative styles. The big trunks, the chandeliers, the big wrought iron or mother-of-pearl lamps, the old suitcases and the screens. Also important are the huge canvases in natural tones and large pieces of ceramic in the same color palette. There are many stores specialized in this type of decoration where you can find magnificent pieces.

You have to be careful when choosing final touches. If large colonial furniture has been placed, we must decide on a few but large and important accessories. We must decide whether the importance is given to the pieces of furniture or to the accessories. Otherwise, we may overcrowd the room.

A style you can always trust

The Colonial Style is in fact, a classic style, but in an exotic and natural version. The result is spectacular in large houses located in the middle of nature, but its ability to transform urban houses and flats is incredible. It is a decorative trend that is difficult to abandon once it has been experienced. It creates fresh, inviting spaces that has a relaxing effect.

We can use it in any room in the house, including children’s rooms. The contrast of the light fabrics with the dark woods and the green of the plants, transport us to other times and other places without leaving home. It is a style that never fails. It does not matter if the house is completely decorated in this style, or that only a few elements are added to achieve this effect of a distant paradise.

Original article: Sonia Budner forDecortips

Sonia Budner

Interior designer. Writer and editor of web content in various digital publications.

Studies in Psychology, tireless traveler and passionate about history and art.

Author of the book of biographical series, History Knitters

Sonia Budner is a designer, blogger and creator of Queen Home Design. A small personal atelier where you can find all the decorative styles, from renewed classics to the contemporary trends and also the best collections to decorate your spaces.

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