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Recreating a Colonial Look in Your Dining Room

The colonial style of decorating is well suited to dining rooms due to the more formal appearance. You can create this look easily in your own home by following these simple tips. The more you do yourself, the more authentic it will look, and it will save you money as well.

Choose the Right Colors

Colonial colors reflect those found in nature. You will use dark greens found in the forest, deep reds from berries, sky blue, and beautiful golds. The main difference between colonial style walls and the way we paint our rooms today is the combination and placement of the colors. Instead of using the darkest color on the main part of the wall and the lighter shades on the trim, flip things around. Picture cream colored walls with rich green trim, doors, and wainscoting.

Search for Antique Styles

The table and chairs, buffet, and china hutch should all match in color and tone. Choose all natural wood pieces stained in dark hues. The legs and trim should be somewhat ornate, and everything should have a traditional feel to it. Straight back chairs are a must, and use the china hutch to display things like Williamsburg pottery, Currier and Ives dinnerware, and stoneware.

Use Accessories to Complete the Theme

When it comes to accessories, think about homemade items. Most of what people had to decorate with in those days they made themselves. Crocheted doilies are perfect on tables as well as woven runners. Candlesticks made on a variable speed metal lathe can flank a floral centerpiece. Use homespun fabric or rich velvet with lace underneath for the window treatments. Even a quilt on display in the corner can add color and detail.

Following these simple tips will allow you to recreate that beautiful colonial look in your own home’s dining room. With the right painting techniques, the perfect style of furniture, and period accents, you will have a room that everyone will enjoy spending time in.


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