How to Decorate a Kitchen in British Colonial By Jan Czech: English bone china is an element of British Colonial decor. As the British increased their empire through colonization in the 1800s, they settled in places like the West Indies, the Caribbean islands, Singapore and Africa. They imported their furniture and house wares from England but soon found them inappropriate for those tropical climates. Their efforts to acclimate themselves to their surroundings resulted in what is now referred to as British Colonial style. Bring this look to your kitchen with a mixture of traditional British style, tribal motifs and laid-back island décor.[click photo]
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How to Decorate Colonial Style Windows By Lane Cummings: The top window is an example of a colonial style window. Colonial homes refer to a style of architecture that emerged in the northeastern part of America in the 1600s up until approximately the time of the Declaration of Independence. Simplicity and strong workmanship are aspects that characterize colonial homes most vividly. For example, most authentic colonial style homes have small, square or rectangular windows with nine or 12 panes per sash. if you have a home with such historically distinct windows, you'll want to install window treatments that compliment this historical accuracy. Things You'll Need: Wooden curtain rods, Drill, Tab cotton curtains or silk or brocade curtains, Curtain pull backs, Shutters, Exterior oil paint. 1. Drill wooden curtain rods 2 inches above each window. Wooden curtain rods are what your colonial ancestors used to hang their window treatments. 2. Hang simple tab cotton curtains on each curtain rod, using ties or buttons, or install ornate silk or brocade curtains. It all depends on which look you're trying to create. The average settler used tab curtains, as they were inexpensive and practical. Rich settlers showed off for their neighbors by ordering expensive fabrics from abroad for their windows. 3. Install simple metal or wood curtain pullbacks on the side of each window. This will allow you to pull back each curtain to display the many panes of your historically accurate colonial windows. 4. Paint shutters in a color that matches the trim of your house in an exterior, all-weather paint. Drill them into the exterior of your home on either side of each window for an authentic look.
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How to Decorate Colonial Bathrooms By Kristi Roddey: A simple chair serves dual purposes in a bathroom. The colonial style of decorating uses rich colors and simple accessories that usually were handmade of natural woods and plant materials. The look is uncluttered, clean and timeless. Everything in a colonial-style bathroom serves a purpose, so look for utilitarian decor. For a truly authentic look, make your own towel rack out of scrap wood or collect dried lavender blossoms for a traditional focal point. Things You'll Need: Paint, Scrap wood, Square nails, Hammer, Bushel basket, Canning jars, Large basket, Wooden ladder-back chair, Ivory valance. 1. Paint the walls. Traditional colors in a colonial home are burgundy, moss green or golden yellow. Natural wooden baseboards are ideal, but if that's not an option, paint baseboards a creamy ivory. 2. Choose a focal point. Place a beautiful cupboard with simple lines or a wreath of dried lavender in a prominent spot, and keep other decorations to a minimum. 3. Add practical accessories. A colonial-style bathroom is not the place for your grandmother's collection of knick-knacks. Hammer wooden pegs into a scrap piece of wood for a homemade towel rack, and place a bushel basket in one corner to use as a dirty clothes hamper. Place canning jars on the vanity to hold cotton balls, soaps and makeup brushes. A large basket next to the bathtub can hold towels, washcloths and other bath necessities for easy access. 4. Place a wooden ladder-back chair against one wall to provide convenient seating for putting on lotion or shoes. You also can hang wet towels on the back to dry. 5. Cover windows with simple fabrics. A plain ivory valance is all you need to cover a window in a colonial-style bathroom. If privacy is a concern, add wooden shutters.
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