The appeal of Caribbean Colonial Style

The appeal of Caribbean Colonial Style We are privileged to be able to travel a great deal and with my interest in all things “design” (well ok and travel) I was particularly taken by the wonderful rich dark woods and flowing linens of the Inn at English Harbour in Antigua.

Of course the manager there, Fabio Giorgi was deeply involved in the design and during the more recent modernisation wanted to keep true to West Indian style and culture – we certainly thought he’d succeeded…

colonial style furniture

Its an easy look to translate to your home but to do it justice use good quality dark hardwood flooring and furniture with light plain walls, touches of colour with cushions, Kelim rugs and accessories.

caribbean colonial style

Add light muslin and linens for curtains and upholstery that can be found relatively inexpensively.

Try for some beautiful white and pastel linen fabric, and draping muslin and ebay.

Creating the Look

I’ve created a mood board below (click to enlarge it) which has a slightly warmer feel that should give you the general idea. The bed is known as a “pencil four poster” although searching for this there aren’t many options in the UK with much more choice in the US.

colonial style mood board

avatar Name: Alexandra Eager
About: Formerly Finance and Operations Director of anmarketing agency. Now luckily semi-retired. Amateur interior design buff, constantly experimenting on my own home (much to the chargrins of hubby) and passionate about anything to do with home interiors and improvements. Wish my house was bigger!

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