Colonial Decor Crewelwork Fabric Canopy Bed

Colonial Chic Decorating

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Colonial Decor Crewelwork Fabric Canopy Bed

During colonial days, canopy beds draped in dense floral fabrics were not only for beauty, but also to stay warm on cold winter nights. Wealthier families used patterns with intricate crewelwork, a hand embroidered embellishment that creates a raised surface on the fabric. Add some early American luxury to your home with a richly-colored crewel, like Schumacher’s Palampore Embroidery.

Clarence House Fabric Indienne Crewel - Ecru at DecoratorsBest
Robert Allen Fabric Williamsburg Collection Kingsmill Colonial 229847 at DecoratorsBestNew!
Schumacher Floral Crewel Fabric Khantau Tree Cream 173910 at DecoratorsBest
Lee Jofa Crewel Floral Fabric Bartholomew Velvet Mink 2006162-6SP at DecoratorsBest
Clarence House Fabric Indienne Crewel - Brown 34619-2 at DecoratorsBest
Schumacher Fabric Colette Embroidery Aqua 22711 at DecoratorsBest
Schumacher Floral Crewel Fabric Nurata Emboirdery Stone 174182 at DecoratorsBest
Robert Allen Fabric Williamsburg III Collection Great Hopes Mandarin 229868 at DecoratorsBestNew!

More Ways to Make Your Home Colonial Chic:

Colonial Decor Damask Wallpaper

Although affluent settlers could afford intricate damask fabrics, most families in colonial America decorated walls, furniture, floors and canvas cloth by stenciling damask-like designs onto them. Get the look with a damask wallpaper or fabric that appears to have been stenciled by hand for a hint of colonial charm. We like the simplicity of York’s Distressed Damask Scroll.

Schumacher Wallpaper Aldwyn Damask Robins Egg 5003610 at DecoratorsBest
York Wallpaper Damask Ogee GL4692 at DecoratorsBest
York Wallpaper Large Damask Trellis CG5636 at DecoratorsBest
Scalamandre Fabric Belgravia Coloniale 26519-001 at DecoratorsBest
Colonial Decor Toile Wallpaper and Fabric

Most toiles used by early Americans were produced in Europe. After the American Revolution, the British adapted toile designs exported to America in order to better represent the culture by commonly featuring George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and colonial men in tricorne hats. Pay homage to history with a colonial toile like Stout’s Nourished – Robin.

Scalamandre Fabric - Washington Franklin - Light Red On Special Dyed Cream 6012-011 at DecoratorsBest
Quadrille Fabric Independence Toile 302282F at DecoratorsBest 2
Schumacher Toile Fabric Le Couronnement de la Rosiere Grisaille at DecoratorsBest 2
Scalamandre Fabric Peche Maritime Red On Yellow 16431-003 at DecoratorsBest
Ticking Stripes Interior Decor Dining Room

Ticking stripe fabric, or mattress ticking, was popular in early American homes because it offered both durability and decorative interest. Used for everything from clothing to pillowcases, ticking often employed grey, red and blue. In a modern setting, a ticking stripe like Robert Allen’s Oxford Unquilt provides provincial charm and pairs well with checked patterns.

Ralph Lauren Fabric Beachcomber Ticking Navy LFY50138F at DecoratorsBest
Greenhouse Fabric 90195 Harvest at DecoratorsBest
Robert Allen Ticking Stripe Fabric Cottage Stripe - Candy at DecoratorsBest
Ralph Lauren Ticking Stripe Fabric Upper Streeet Stripe Indigo LFY65580F at DecoratorsBest
Williamsburg classics
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