Do you look at modern décor styles in magazines and wonder how anyone lives in such a sterile environment? Have you ever walked into a Traditional style décor home and thought, “Ahhhh…. I feel so welcomed and comfortable here!” Do you wonder if a traditional style décor is something you’d like to consider when you next redecorate your home, or a room in your home? Do you wonder if you could pull off the warmth of traditional style without having it look like your great grandmother’s house? Well, keep reading if you said "Yes" to any of these questions!
Elements of Traditional Décor:
Architectural enhancements are widely used in Traditional interior design. These can include ornate moldings, beveled wood paneling, and intricate tile and wood floor patterns. Arches, columns, and built-in cabinetry are also used this type of design.
One key element in traditional interior design is rich wood tones. Darker woods like cherry, maple, and mahogany are characteristically used in furniture pieces of this style. Often times carving and lacquer give them a luxurious, elegant feel.
The silhouettes, (also called the lines) of the furnishings is one of the most important aspects of this style. Queen Anne or Chippendale styles are often used in Traditional Style, using wing-back chairs, claw footed tables, and curved furniture pieces that hearken back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Antiques are also often integrated into this design style, but many companies sell new pieces that mimic their lines.
Oil paintings, sporting prints, and various objects d'art are compulsory in timeless traditional rooms. In fact, collections such as piles of old leather-bond books, plaster busts, an old globe are significant essentials of the hospitable environment.
Older Classic Homes
Spectacular older homes often have decorative trim and detailing that work perfectly with Traditional décor. In the strictest sense, their decorating adheres to a specific period of history like neoclassical or Georgian. A generous mix of highly polished pieces from a number of periods and luxurious accessories such as crystal, silver, and gilt-framed mirrors may now define this style.
Adding architectural enhancements to a newer home will help foster the elegance expected in Traditional style. Gleaming hardwood floors so popular today can be endowed with thick Oriental rugs, elaborate window treatments with tasseled swags to fit the flourishes of a Traditional style home. Decor is still calm, orderly, and predictable, rather than wild or chaotic in a traditional room.
Furniture and accessories are placed in pairs and centered in the room so that there’s more symmetrical than asymmetrical balance. Everything has the look that it goes together.
If you’re thinking that TV and movie stars of yesteryear like Grace Kelly or Cary Grant would look at home in these styles, then you’re partially right. There’s a newer, fresher take on Traditional that suit many younger families today, however. Traditional style homes feel comfortable for any age group.
An Updated Take on Traditional
A fresher, more contemporary approach changes these classic-looking rooms to a lighter palette. As opposed to rich warm tones like red or burgundy and yellow or gold, walls are washed in taupe, cream, greys, or even a pale blue or lavender. Window dressings become tailored drapes, sheers, or shades.
Lighting is an important part of any décor. Today, it allows for ambient lighting, task lighting for reading by a fire, accent lighting for illuminating an object like wall art, a statue or an architectural element of your space, and wall lighting is used today when you want to feature the rich wood paneling of a wall.
Contemporary accent pieces, fabrics and art can also figure in, but nothing is too glaringly new. A more contemporary traditional room would edit out the embellishments, keep the furnishings minimal, and let the architecture shine through.
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