Thursday, December 20, 2018

Add A Colonial Touch To Your Dining Room

A colonial decorating style is perfectly suited to any dining room. It adds a formal elegance to the space while reflecting on historically beautiful features. Creating this look inside of your own home is easy when you use the following tips.

Architectural Features with Colonial Touches
You will instantly add a colonial feel to your dining room by adding architectural details such as dentil molding around the ceiling, wainscoting, and solid wood doors. Use hardware in pewter or brushed nickel finishes. Paint the main portion of the walls in a traditionally colonial color like bright green, wedge wood blue, or a dark cranberry. Finish it off with random width flooring in dark wood tones.

Layer Fabrics for a Vintage Look
During the colonial days, people relied on fabrics to keep rooms warm. Hang heavy velvet valances and drapes over lace curtains on the windows. A vintage tablecloth with a lace one over top of it will coordinate nicely. Area rugs should be used freely. Place a large one under the table with smaller ones in the doorways. A runner is the perfect accent in front of the buffet. Adorn any extra seating with tapestry or needlepoint throw pillows.

Choose Traditional Pieces of Furniture
A true colonial dining room will feature a long formal wood table and chairs as its focal point. Pieces should be heavy and ornate with plenty of detail. A matching hutch is the ideal place to showcase vintage dinnerware, pewter objects, and pottery. If there is room, be sure to include a matching buffet. Use this area to display home decor items when not serving food on it.

Once you add architectural details to the room, layered fabrics, and traditional pieces of furniture, you will have an elegant, colonial-style dining room that is perfect for entertaining friends and family. It will have just enough elegance to keep the room formal while remaining casual enough that everyone will feel comfortable spending time in this space.

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