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Colonial Style by Grumpy Betty

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What is colonial design?

Colonial Furniture heralds from the time of Colonial Expansion of the British Empire during the 16th – 18th centuries. It was built for function, so it tends to be beautifully proportioned but simple and elegant in style. This style combines refined British Interiors with the exotic woods and finishes inspired by the culture and style of Africa, India, Asia and the Caribbean. In a contemporary setting a Colonial piece adds a rustic element and sense of history. These pieces exude warmth, with patinas that speak of adventure and tales of travel – if only they could talk!

Colonial pieces are commonly chests of draws, dining tables and sideboards/hall tables. A colonial -styled chest or hatbox – is the perfect way to add a colonial essence to special corner of your home. And don’t forget the element of greenery – an indoor plant plays an important role in softening the look of the functional vibe and often dark timbers and rattan of Colonial Furniture.

This link describes many elements of Colonial Furniture.

Colonial Meat Safe

Colonial Meat Safe

Colonial Rattan Tub Chair

Colonial Rattan Tub Chair


Colonial Hall Table

Colonial Hall Table


How can I lighten the vibe of Colonial Style?

Contemporary interiors have the great benefit of being whatever we’d like to make them. The beauty and simplicity of Colonial Furniture makes it the perfect back drop for whimsical and pretty flourishes – if that is where you’d like to take it. Elizabeth, our in-house Interior Designer and Stylist has really enjoyed styling our new items for the week – its Colonial with Whimsical Elements. The whimsical is achieved with beautiful fine Bone English China. The perfect design and proportions of the English Fine Bone China from any era breathes whimsical touches to the functional form of Colonial-style furniture. It can also lighten the mood of pieces whose history is written loudly in their patina, sometimes weighing them down a little.

At Grumpy Betty we are loving the prettiest of our  newest Fine Bone China – the Tuscan Fine Bone China ‘Pink Flower’ 15 pce Tea Set, and our Wedgwood ‘Medici’ Dinner Set – 80 pieces in perfect condition – we’d love both of these in our homes – this  is the challenge we face working at Grumpy Betty everyday – which is our favourite today!

Wedgwood 'Medici' Dinner Set

Wedgwood ‘Medici’ Dinner Set, 80 pce.

Tuscan Fine Bone China ‘Pink Flowers’ Tea Set 15pce.

The colour of the season – a palate from deep forest greens.

For the Grumpy Betty in-house Furniture Makeover’s this month, we are going to work with a palate based on Jolie Home Paint ‘French Quarter Green’. This colour is named after the dark green that is commonly found on shutters and trim in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the hometown of Jolie Home Paint. It can be dressed up with brass to give your piece a sophisticated look or distressed with ‘Noir’ as the contrast colour to add an element of aged drama. Stay tuned to see how we use this palate.

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Jolie Home Paint ‘French Quarter Green’ Inspiration

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Cabinet in Jolie Home Paint ‘French Quarter Green’.

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Jolie Home Paint Green Palate