One only has to think of the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore or the majestic Taj hotel in Mumbai, India to be transported back to a bygone era, evoking images of gin and tonics on the veranda and a glamourous tropical lifestyle.
Credit: Taj Hotels
Back in the Imperial era, when the European colonists arrived in new far flung lands there was a meeting of two different cultures. And while this culture clash was evident in many aspects of life, when it came to furniture, it resulted in what is now known as colonial furniture and the colonial style itself. Essentially colonial furniture was made due to necessity. The colonists wanted the traditional European furniture they were familiar with back home, but realised they needed to adapt it to suit the hotter climate and use materials native to the area. The way they styled their homes had to change and the colonial style was born.
Sophisticated, timeless and elegant, it is extremely adaptable and an easy look to achieve in even the most modern of homes.
Credit: The Dutch House, Galle, Sri Lanka
Credit: Olivia Bonnal Sansoni Photography
With a few carefully chosen items and one or two key elements, this style will make a dramatic impression and give your living space an elegant and well-travelled look.
Now, the only thing left to do is enjoy that gin and tonic on the veranda. Cheers!