Living in style

Colonial style refers to a furnishing style based on historical models from the 16th and 17th centuries. At that time, Europeans established their first commercial settlements and overseas, on the African coasts and in Asia. The colourful facades of colonial villas still dominate the face of many coastal cities from the Caribbean to Indonesia. Interior design in the colonial period depended on natural materials such as wood, bamboo, silk and coconut fibres, and the noble teak wood played a significant role in furniture production.

Exotic colonial era charm with teak furniture

The use of noble woods for furniture and unusual materials for decorative items is typical of the colonial style of the 16th and 17th centuries. Teak wood was preferred for the manufacture of furniture, because the noble tropical hardwood has a striking wood grain and a radiant character. Even today, solid teak wood conjures up an incomparable atmosphere in the living room and plays a major role in colonial decor. A particularly attractive feature is an ensemble, which consists of a stylish buffet cabinet made of brushed teak, a rustic sideboard and a block-shaped coffee table made of solid teak wood. A high-quality living atmosphere is created through matching seating furniture, decorative items and accessories made of natural materials.

Decorations and colours in the colonial style

In order to create an authentically colonial style living environment, colours, shapes and patterns of the remaining furnishings must be coordinated. A couch made of real leather in dark, muted colours is the best fit for solid teak furniture. Traditional colonial style contains influences from African, Asian, Pacific and South American cultures. Tropical flowering plants, sofa cushions made of bright natural materials and pictures with Asian floral patterns or ornaments create a lively atmosphere and an exotic atmosphere. An old wooden chest of solid wood, historic leather travel cases and old maps on the walls make for the perfect complement to teak furniture.

Colonial furniture made of recycled teak wood for a real globetrotter-feel

Colonial furniture made from recycled teakwood introduces a real globetrotter-feel in the living room. This wood has already been used for the construction of wooden huts and home furnishings in Indonesia, and is being revived in furniture making. As an expert on this type of wood, Souren Furniture offers a wide range of recycled solid teak living room furniture on offer. The furniture store is one of the few suppliers in Europe to have the exclusive furnishings produced locally on the Indonesian island of Java. The workshops in Southeast Asia have decades of experience in the processing of precious hardwood, and skilled craftsmen produce unique living room furniture with a distinctive radiance and an extraordinary design.

Long gone are the days of “rustic oak” compact wall units, with massive couches and opulent wall decorations in the living room. Individuality has replaced the conforming standard look. In this environment, natural materials play a major role in the design and furnishing of the living room. Teak for furniture, linen for curtains, bamboo, reed or rattan for decorative items and wool for cushions and blankets have all replaced PVC, metal and veneer.

Individual furnishing styles for every taste

Most households will be inspired by a particular style when furnishing the living room. The country house style, the Mediterranean style and the modern country style are very trendy. The latter is a reduced form of country house style in which gently worn solid wood furniture and simple shapes dominate the living environment. The Scandinavian style of furnishing has been a classic for years. Clear forms, natural materials and rich reds and blues play a major role in this form of home furnishing.

Shabby chic is on the rise. This design consists of a combination of heirlooms, rustic natural wood furniture, flea market finds and old attic treasures. Colonial style interior design is gaining more and more followers. It conjures up a touch of exoticism within the home, with furniture made of teak, rattan deco articles, dark leather sofas and printed wooden boxes. No matter which style of furniture you prefer, solid teak furniture adds a personal touch to any living environment.

Teak furniture in the living room: coffee tables and sideboards

Alongside with the sitting set, coffee tables occupy a central position in the living area. A solid teak item reflects the connection with nature and gives the living room a personal touch. The trend involves compact coffee tables made of old recycled wood with a rustic surface. The tables are made unique-looking by means of steel brush treatment. The hard metal bristles dissolve soft wood components from the surface and leave behind a unique piece of furniture with a wonderfully worn wooden surface. The coffee table unfolds its full effect when combined with a dark-brown leather couch.

Whether rustic, shabby chic or colonial style, a solid teak wood sideboard enhances the interior design of the living room. The teak specialist Souren Furniture offers a large selection of teak sideboards in different sizes. A common feature of all the cabinets is their unmistakable radiance. Teak naturally has a silky sheen. The sideboards radiate warmth, comfort and security, and also offer plenty of storage space behind the sliding doors. The unique pieces were manufactured in furniture factories on the Indonesian island of Java. There, the natural material has been processed for centuries, producing high-quality furniture and home accessories.

Elegance and exoticism with teak furniture in the living room

A mixture of elegance and exoticism has dominated the furnishing trend in the living area space for a few years now. Oriental elements have also found their way into interior design, as have Asian style elements. Both furnishing styles embody the longing for foreign countries and adventures. At the same time, meticulous care is taken to ensure that the item does not look kitschy. Many households subscribe to the idea that “if it’s already exotic, let’s introduce elegance”. Teak combines both properties like no other natural material. The noble hardwood represents style and elegance and simultaneously has an exotic radiance. Teak wood can be recognised at first glance by the striking light brown colour and the characteristic wood grain. The warmth and silky sheen of the wood surface make the hardwood a premium raw material for furniture production.