If you’re looking to start off your spring decorating on the right foot, consider a mysterious flair of Indian colonial. This earth friendly style greets the hot summer months to come with comfortable furniture, high ceilings, and practical necessities that make life that much easier. Not only does this charming style bring a sense of comfort and relaxation to a home, but it’s also super stylish in the design world.
Some History: Indian colonial style emerged in the 16th and 17th century due to the large amounts of British colonies settling in India. Once these colonies and trading posts where established in the area, they brought with them their traditional décor that they eventually combined with local materials and styles. The British adapted their original decorating sense to suit the everyday needs of climate and landscape, resulting in chic design we drool over today!
This fascinating style that the British created in India has developed over the years, resulting in a more modern and up-to- date twist. Some key pieces to incorporate into this design are wrought iron elements like this curving staircase paired with a Persian rug- a signature colonial must-have. For your floor treatments, choose dark woods like ebony, teak, and mahogany for an irresistible sense of luxury.
The British usually kept their walls light in color to make rooms seem airy against the unbearing heat. Well, it’s 2012 and we all have air-conditioning so take the plunge and switch it up with deep colored walls to contrast jewel colored tones like deep blue, green, and gold. Don’t be afraid to implement some of your own style like this crystal chandelier that adds a sense of richness to this dining room. The British brought over their own sparkling crystal and China anyways, to complement the rustic furniture they had in India.
The British used lux rugs and animal hides to symbolize a high class society when they immigrated to the east. To incorporate animal prints into your own home, an effortless way is to pop on an accent pillow in an exotic animal print design. To stay away from an “old-fashioned” look, a modern update like an abstract work of art is sure to do the trick.
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