British Colonial style is relaxed, genteel and travelled. It pairs dark-stained rattan, timber and bamboo furniture with pure white linens and an abundance of indoor greenery to cool and refresh the space.
At its height from the 16th to 18th centuries, the British Empire was 100 times the size of Great Britain itself, stretching from Africa to India to the Caribbean, known as the "age of discovery". It was during this time that British Colonial style emerged, combining refined British interiors with exotic pieces and natural materials from African, India, Asia and the Caribbean.
The travel-influenced interiors include leather trunks, dark stained teak, mahogany or bamboo chairs, campaign chests and collapsible writing desks & trunks. Accents of vibrant tropical, botanical, animal and floral prints in the soft furnishings, artwork and panoramic wallpapers create a fresh and stylish look.
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- Colour Palette; Neutral and Light shades of White are characteristic - making it cooling in warm climates. Dark coloured timbers, cane, mahogany & rattan provided contrast, while greens and blues are reflected in the soft furnishings, hand-blocked prints and artwork.
- Architectural features; Backdrop of white wash walls accented shutters, rattan screens and ceiling fans.
- Flooring; Timber floorboards with Persian, Turkish, animal hide, natural sisal or seagrass rugs.
- Lighting; Pendant lights of brass & glass and Bamboo, rattan and shell pendant lighting covers.
- Window treatments; Painted or natural timber shutters, rattan and bamboo blinds and sheer curtains.
- Furniture; Dark stained teak, mahogany or bamboo chairs, folding directors chairs, campaign furniture and chests, collapsible writing desks & trunks, four poster beds or cane bedheads.
- Fabric; Natural and white linens and cottons, soft furnishings in botanical, floral, stripes and animal prints. Leather seating and locally handcrafted textiles made into cushions & throws.
- Art; Framed botanical prints, oil still-life, photography, maps, panoramic wallpapers, hand-woven and natural artworks of mounted baskets and shell art.
- Decorative; Natural and travel collected elements, old leather books, magnifying glasses, trophies, coral, shells and botanical-framed specimens.
- Plants; Palms, tropical plants, figs and bunches of natural leaves.