Colonial Simplicity Inspires Popular Trends
Late-colonial style placed an emphasis on refined and well-proportioned rooms painted in natural, earth-toned hues, like mustard, forest green, blue-gray, taupe or brown. The walls were then framed by cream-colored crown moldings. Ceilings used wood looks like beadboard and shiplap to add style while keeping it classy.
Today, that simplicity is embraced by coastal, farmhouse, and eclectic styles. Wood planks used in decorating are more popular than ever - reclaimed, driftwood, and white washed looks keep this basic decorating style from being anything but boring.
If you plan on colonial decor in your dining room, you can easily install wainscoting in beadboard or shiplap looks - a popular and traditional way to incorporate this style. Either option can be painted to match or contrast with the colors in your room.