Colonial Christmas Decor Ideas
Detailed millwork, authentic floors and colonial color are among the hallmarks of traditional Colonial style.
At the Schreiners' home, classically inspired, painted-poplar millwork defines most of the interior. Full-height raised paneling spans the fireplace walls in the living and dining rooms; elsewhere, paneled wainscot extends to a chair rail. You don't need custom millwork to get this look: Home improvement stores carry common Colonial designs. Check local millwork sources for inexpensive woods you can paint; avoid synthetic trim pieces that don't look as real and may dent easily.
Readily available, wide-plank flooring is key to Colonial design. The Schreiners chose random-width white oak, finishing it with tung oil for an authentic patina. If dogs or high heels will frequent floors, try a predistressed plank, so scratches blend in.