In our second edition of Style Guides we feature Our Eastern-influenced Seba collection is handcrafted from solid Indonesian teak then hand stained in a dark, rich brown.
Seba comprises of classic colonial style features inspired by the 18th century era. The rich brown finish has been expertly applied layer-on-layer by hand to achieve the perfect balance, ensuring the beautiful natural variances in the teak grain are still visible.
Colonial furniture tended to be more conservative and less decorative, it sits well against a judicious print background comprising of delicate pattern of trailing flowers with a simple patterned border. Another option to consider for walls would be to use a softwood panelling painted in one colour, it was not uncommon to use a dark colour on skirting, doors and shutters. This method is used to create depth to your room, it will make the walls appear taller by weighting the bottom.

Using a light colour on the largest surface area wall will create light and space, by keeping a neutral colour scheme as your backdrop will allow the furniture to stand out. If your space isn’t generously sized do ensure to stream-line and organise your furniture in a way that your room doesn’t look cluttered.
Little Greene offer 18th century wall papers that complement our Seba range, a combination of earthy tones and delicate patterns which adds character to the setting. To choose wall colours or fabrics that will enhance your wood pieces, consider the dominant hues in the finish. We suggest base colours of; Clay-Mid 153, Aged Ivory 131 and Portland Stone 77 from Little Greene’s colour range. Add a splash of colour with Heat 24, Yellow Pink 46 and/or Dock Blue 252 as a secondary paint option.

You can also use the colours in the furniture finish as a cue for wall colours. If the dominant colour in the wood appears to be red, then a paint with a tint of green will enhance and intensify the wood's hue.
When decorating your hallway, to steer away from a tunnel like feel, paint specialists advise to paint the back wall a darker tone. This opens up the space, giving the illusion of a bigger space.

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Be bold, be brave and use patterned textiles to emphasise and celebrate the colonial style. JAB’s fabric range is amongst the world leaders of interior design, they offer an extensive range of stunning fabrics which would add further texture and depth to your home décor.  Use textiles with elements of dark and light hues taken from colours around your room and furniture to create a classic look.

Colour tips for dark woods:
Tip 1.Oranges, rust and red work with many wood trim colours. Try earthy reds and oranges with brown undertones
Tip 2.Dark stained teak stands out in sharp relief against any light colour, even if it's a tint of green or blue. 

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