COLO­NIAL RE­VIVAL MO­TIFS

Old House Journal - - Inspire -

Lots of con­ven­tions, even those we think of as his­toric, date to the Colo­nial Re­vival pe­riod of the early 20th century, in­clud­ing the use of hooked and ori­en­tal rugs. Some mo­tifs of the pe­riod en­dure, and are con­sid­ered to be sim­ply Amer­i­can— tra­di­tional dec­o­rat­ing cus­toms found coast to coast.

• MO­TIF 1 Built-in cab­i­nets, es­pe­cially cor­ner cup­boards and those with arched tops or carved shell mo­tifs, are of­ten rein­ter­preted for homes of the re­vival.

• MO­TIF 2 The term “grand­fa­ther’s clock” for the tall-case beauties was coined dur­ing the Colo­nial Re­vival. The clock of­ten stood in the foyer near the stairs, or on a land­ing.

• MO­TIF 3 Painted floors were re­vived, more elab­o­rate than most had been ear­lier. The com­pass rose is a fa­vorite design, as is the di­ag­o­nal checker­board.

• MO­TIF 4 Windsor chairs—sack­back, comb-back, fan-back—are an en­dur­ing mo­tif. Re­pro­duc­tions are of­ten painted to look old.

• MO­TIF 5 The wing chair is a his­toric type that has been in­ter­preted in Vic­to­rian and even Art Deco de­signs, but none more pop­u­lar than the tra­di­tional. • MO­TIF 6 Colo­nial or Fed­eral el­e­ments are com­mon at the en­try, in­clud­ing pi­lasters, bold trim­work, cross-bat­ten or raised­panel doors, even tran­soms or side­lights with trac­ery.

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