American colonial style can be offset by roller shades in any room

Nov 22 2010

Colors for American colonial homes often included red, gray, tan, mustard yellow and moss green.
Colors for American colonial homes often included red, gray, tan, mustard yellow and moss green.
For an interior that matches American colonial architecture, homeowners can choose from two styles - early colonial, which is more rustic, or late colonial, for a refined look.


According to IdeasForHomeDecorating.com, most American colonial homes had painted walls because wallpaper was too expensive. Usually, walls and ceilings were painted white and colors were reserved for wood trim. Paneling was also painted, unless it was mahogany, which was left in its natural state.


Paint colors in these early homes included red, mustard yellow and moss green, as well as tan and gray. Sometimes a creative homemaker produced grained or marbled finishes on the walls for a more elegant look, the website states.


In today's home, colonial colors can be offset by a chair rail for trim in the dining and living rooms. Patchwork quilts in bedrooms, needlepoint cushions on upholstered furniture and pewter accessories are all in keeping with what might have appeared in a colonial-era home.


For a window treatment, roller shades are a good complement to simple, tabbed curtains on a wood curtain rod. Roller shades are a choice for any room in the house, and for bedrooms, they are also available in blackout fabrics that control light coming into the room.
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