Decorating themes in colonial Williamsburg homes during the 18th century revolved around nature, especially fruit. Check out these three decor themes—pineapples, pomegranates, and weeping willows—that will work just as well today as they did for early Americans.
A symbol of hospitality in colonial America, the pineapple was used as a motif throughout the decor. It was most often used during the holidays or when guests came to visit as a table centerpiece for meals. At the end of the feast, it would be eaten as a special dessert. The pineapple was also carved into furniture, and it was customary to let guests sleep in the bed with pineapples carved into the bed posts. Add a hint of the fruit to your home with one of the pineapple fabrics below on an accent furniture piece or wall.
During the holidays, wealthier colonial families decorated their doors with wreaths like many of us do today. The wreaths were decorated with fruits that were on hand, and also included red pomegranates to contrast with the greenery. Check out the updated patterns including pomegranates paired with floral and damask patterns.
The weeping willow symbolized longevity and wisdom in American colonial days. Settlers without much to decorate with would stencil simple versions of the tree onto walls and blankets to enhance their home. Bring a little nature into your space with a fabric or wallpaper that features willow branches.
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