Colonial Decorating - Pineapple Scroll Wallpaper

3 Colonial Decorating Themes You Can Use Today

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.

Pineapple

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.

Colonial Decorating - Pineapple Scroll Wallpaper
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GP&J Baker Fabric - Exotic Pineapple Linen - Coral/Jade BF10347-2
GP&J Baker Fabric – Exotic Pineapple Linen – Coral/Jade
Kravet Fabric - 16920 - 16 Pineapples
Kravet Fabric – 16920 – 16
Robert Allen Fabric - Pineapple Grove - Forest
Robert Allen Fabric – Pineapple Grove – Forest
Lee Jofa Fabric - Pineapple on Rustic Pumpkin BFC-3629-12
Lee Jofa Fabric – Pineapple on Rustic Pumpkin
Robert Allen Fabric - Pineapple Box - Merlot
Robert Allen Fabric – Pineapple Box – Merlot

Pomegranate

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.

York Wallpaper RRD828 MADELINE
Photo via York Wallcoverings
York Wallpaper - Madeline - SS2287
York Wallpaper – Madeline – SS2287
GP&J Baker Fabric - Persian Pomegranate - Aqua/Multi BP10464-3
GP&J Baker Fabric – Persian Pomegranate – Aqua/Multi
Scalamandre Fabric - Pomegranate - Jewel 6486A-004
Scalamandre Fabric – Pomegranate – Jewel
Fabricut Fabric - Jawa - Tomato 3562602
Fabricut Fabric – Jawa – Tomato
Groundworks Fabric - Pomegranate - Tan GWF-2732_116_0
Groundworks Fabric – Pomegranate – Tan GWF-2732_116_0

Weeping Willow

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.

York Willow Stripe TSS454 WILLOW STRIPE
Photo via York Wallcoverings
York Wallpaper - Willow Stripe - SM8727
York Wallpaper – Willow Stripe – SM8727
Greenhouse Fabric 99209 - Willow
Greenhouse Fabric 99209 – Willow
York Wallpaper - SM Scenic Border - PV5348BCB
York Wallpaper – SM Scenic Border – PV5348BCB
Fabricut Fabric - Painted Willow - Natural Glazes  BW45025_1_0
Fabricut Fabric – Painted Willow – Natural Glazes
Fabricut Fabric - Painted Willow - Natural Glazes 3172702
Fabricut Fabric – Painted Willow – Natural Glazes

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