British Colonial Style

Dwell has always adored the British Colonial style of decorating and when the phone rang with a client needing help to pull this look together in their dream home I jumped at the chance.

There is so much to love about the British Colonial look.  It is relaxed, slightly eccentric and very elegant.  It brings relaxed Island style and formal British style together in a beautiful mix of era and design.

The colour palette is neutral but comes alive with texture, pattern and lots of greenery - think bringing the outdoors in.

Due to it breezy relaxed style British Colonial suits the location we live in here on the South Coast and the Illawarra.

We love the resurgence of bold wallpapers with botanic prints (like The Great Shalimar by Bethany Linz above) and murals as well as beautifully textured grasscloth wallpaper (another blog to follow on this) that provide interest and drama in these homes.

Typically floors are dark, walls are light, window trimmings are either plantation shutters or extra long gauzy sheer curtains.  Ceiling fans prevail and furniture is often vintage or antique, traditional and dark.  Cane and timber soften these interiors as do large rugs - sisal is good, so are antique rugs and animal hides.

Most of all it's the elegant, relaxed calm and breezy feeling these homes have.