|Karen Blixen Museum|
This is a picture of Karen Blixen's house as it looks today.The house's architecture is typical of late 19th century bungalows, including big rooms, horizontal layout, large porches, tile roof and stone construction.The interior design in this movie is called British Colonial. As the British were colonizing parts of Africa, India, Australia and the islands in the 1800s they brought along their own furnishings. However, the hot humid climates of some of the regions made the soft woods warp. Local craftsman began making replicas of the British designs using native hard woods such as rattan, wicker, bamboo, ebony and teak. Often, local designs were incorporated into the British style furniture. fabrics with tropical designs, pineapples, monkeys, animal prints were all popular. Suitcases, used to move the English to their new colonies served multi-purposes as end tables and storage. Some furnishings were created specifically for travel. Called campaign furniture, these pieces often folded up into trunks or broke down into pieces to be easily packed and moved.
|Tracey Steyns Designs|
In bedrooms, canopy beds were common and mosquito netting was often used for obvious reasons. Tropical plants were used inside as decor. Wooden blinds and shutters on windows were common. Rugs were made of natural materials such as sisal. Ceiling fans were also popular.
|This is a picture of a room in the Karen Blixen Museum|
|Hollister and Porter Hover via Design Sponge|
|Karen's Study via Hooked on Houses|
Hope you have been inspired by British Colonial decor and design.
If you haven't seen Out of Africa, go watch it on Netflix!