If there was one interior trend to look out for this 2018, it has to be ‘colonial cool’. Far and wide across the globe this trend is popping up throughout homes and some of the trendiest restaurants, cafes and hotels. Also dubbed ‘colonial chic’, this décor trend is the ultimate combination of turn-of-the-century glamour and eclectic character from many corners of the world.
So where did it all begin?
The roots of this highly popular style are almost as alluring as the trend itself. At the turn of the 17th century the British Empire began to colonize and encompass many regions across the globe including Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and North America. In doing so, they left behind a lasting impression on culture, design and way-of-life which has been carried for centuries by many of these nations.
During this time, travel was also becoming increasingly popular amongst wealthy Brits who frequented many of the exotic nations now contained within the British Empire. This is where rich, eclectic elements of design and décor found their way into many stately homes across Britain.
Today, the colonial chic trend has adopted much of the same principals of its defining era, however accessories and appliances have no doubt become a little more modernized and versatile.
Some of the defining features of the colonial cool trend include:
Many globe-trotting Britons were proud to display their exotic wares throughout their homes as prized mementos of their exiting travels to foreign lands. Today, these classic accessories include the likes of fine China, carved wood statues, ashtrays and boxes. Engraved silver, leather trunks, globes, brass telescopes, brightly coloured animal and patterned prints are also classically Colonial.
Rattan and Teak
Nothing says colonial cool more than rattan furniture and heavy, classic pieces of teak furniture. These items of furniture became a staple during colonial times and the trend has completely stuck to this very day. Beautifully carved wooden consoles, rattan backed chairs, plush sofas in brightly coloured and patterned fabrics are all colonial-inspired pieces to feature in your home.
The chintz design became incredibly popular during the colonial era and today is a staple amongst textiles used to inspire a colonial look and feel in any room. The chintz design soon made way for more exotic styles, including the likes of animal prints, botanical prints and prints displaying a local way of life. Today, both botanical and animal prints have enjoyed a revival and are a true staple amongst colonial-inspired décor.
No colonial-inspired room would be complete without an abundance of natural greenery to tie all the elements of exotic travels together. Today some of the most popular greenery used include giant palm leaves, banana palms, tall standing palms, wild flowers, cacti and hanging succulents. The dark green colouring of the greenery juxtaposed against classic, dark wood furniture makes for a colonial-inspired dream.
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