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As in architecture, interiors become increasingly formal, classical, and refined. Interiors directly reflect the symmetrically balanced exteriors, creating a classically ordered, unified image based on English prototypes. Treatments and finishes reflect English preferences. The design of public interiors varies according to function and use. Church interiors, characterized by architectural detailing and simplicity, often have seating in compartments and balconies.

 Floors in religious and government structures display variety through the use of wood, stone, and brick in various patterns. In contrast, most residential floors  are of wide wooden boards. Some, especially those of poor quality, are painted in solids or patterns, or to resemble rugs; floor cloths are common, even in the best rooms. Oriental rugs are rare until the end of the 18th century, and most often are put on tables because they are too expensive to walk on.

 Windows in many public and most private buildings usually include recessed wooden shutters on either side to block light. Curtains are rare even among the wealthy and appear only in the best rooms. Types include pairs of panels and festoons that resemble swags and cascades. Doorways may contribute to the classic image through broken pediments, round arches, and pilasters, and may repeat the ear motif. Wood doors with panels are common and are either painted white or, if walnut or mahogany, left natural.


Textiles. Furnishing fabrics provide much of the pattern and color, which are important, and usually all textiles in a room match. Colonists are forbidden to make their own so domestic production is limited to informal clothing, children’s garments, and bed and table linens. English fabrics predominate, but the British East India Company imports Indian fabrics so there is no tariff. Furnishing fabrics include wools, linens, cottons, damasks, moires, chintzes, and some silks. Dominant textile colors include deep indigo blue, brown, black, purple, red, and pink. Only overprinting blue with yellow produces greens. Most colonists prefer brightly colored and highly finished wools and use silks mostly for formal clothing. ImageImage

Lighting. Expensive light fixtures  of brass, porcelain, silver, and glass come from England, while cheaper ones of wood and pewter originate locally. Houses are well lit for entertainment, but the amount of light is limited compared to current standards.




Written by callawayinteriordesign

June 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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