There's a NEW Traditional Style

There's a NEW Traditional Style
There's a NEW Traditional Style

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fresh Traditional Décor in YOUR Home?

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.

Newer Homes 
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.
Cary Grant

Grace Kelly

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.

 What questions or comments do you have related to this style?  I’d love to receive your description and/or photos of your space with a challenging interior décor.  Check out my website at if you need help with your space.  I always find time for my readers.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Creating Autumn in Your Decor

Republishing this article from last year to prepare you for the upcoming changes:

The days are shorter and beginning to cool off. The kids are back in school and settled into the routine. Football is back, the leaves are turning... Let's celebrate the beauty of the season in our homes!

1. Add New Throw Pillows/Plush Throws in the Living Room
Many of us have begun to notice that we’re all starting to spend more and more time indoors. Add a variety of plush throw pillows in different shapes, sizes and patterns on your living room sofas and chairs. These comfortable accessories will emit a warm and inviting coziness perfect for the season. One warning: If you begin to notice that your guests put the pillows on the floor next to the sofa upon which they are sitting, consider lessening the overall number of pillows. 

Run your blankets and throws through the washing machine before putting them out for use this Fall. In a contemporary living room, a faux-fur throw adds subtle warmth and texture to a simple, solid-colored sofa. Select a throw in a contrasting hue to really create a pop of color if you're hoping to make a bolder statement.

2. Prepare the FireplaceTo prepare for cool fall nights and the brisk winter ahead, get your fireplace ready for its seasonal debut. If yours is like mine, it probably gets a bit dusty from March to October. To ensure your gas fireplace is ready to light up, contact a specialist to regularly check for any safety hazards like gas leaks. On the next warm and breezy day, open the windows, turn on the fireplace and start up a fan blowing (3 ft. away from the fire and toward that window) to take the unpleasant smell of burning dust out of your home. It only takes a half hour of your time, but it’s worthwhile to avoid that first smelly night of burning dust.

To keep your wood-burning fireplace safe, contact a professional to do a thorough check of the fireplace. Once your fireplace is safe, you're ready for relaxing evenings by the fire. 

3. Set the Table, Create a Mantelscape & Light the Candles in AutumnSpend a little extra time at the grocery store with decorating in mind. Pumpkins, nuts, squash and gourds can be a wonderful addition to your mantel and/or tablescape. (Think about purchasing various shapes & sizes for more interest.) Stow away all of your pure white dishes in favor of crème, tan and brown colors for the season. Use boxes of varying sizes under a tablecloth for your centerpiece to create varying heights for interest. Pumpkins don’t haveto just represent Halloween, nor do turkeys have to represent just Thanksgiving. Think through your possessions that often come out for a day or a week during Autumn and use them throughout the season.

Take advantage of shorter days (and less daylight) by placing candles throughout your living space. The warmth and ambience they create will make returning from a long, hard day at work so much easier, sliding you into a calmer and welcoming atmosphere.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Interior Color Trends for 2015

Are you looking forward to crisp days, autumn leaves, and football games?  Although not all of the sources I utilize to determine interior design trends in color have revealed their selections for 2015, some have. If you’re hankering for a color change in your décor, here it comes.  I can share some trends I’m seeing from those who have boldly gone where no man has gone before to reveal:

Blues Remain in the Forefront:
Last year I reported that the blues are back, and they continue to share the lead.  Deep rich blues with a glossy finish have recently appeared, frequently paired with white for a contemporary twist on a classic.

Renaissance of Patterns:
Mixtures of greens, rusts, plums, cerulean blue, beiges and whites- and the mingling of patterns and textures, as seen in many Renaissance paintings has become popular for 2015.  There is a fresh look of classic blue with green for a fresh look, used frequently in Duralee’s ( and patterns.

Colors from the Sixties Return with a BANG:
Hard as it is to believe for those over 50, olive green, gold, and orange are returning to the forefront, complemented with warm tans and beiges.

Pastels have Returned:
We’ve made it through the recession, and things are looking brighter. People are more optimistic about their future and it shows in our color selections. Orange and purple sunsets, tropical breezes, and aqua swimming pools are replacing the otherwise neutral palette to which we all became so familiar.

Grey is the Resounding Winner for Neutrals:
I love combining light, medium and dark greys together with splashes of a bright: tangerine, violet, lime green, or pastel blue all come to mind.  Keep in mind, however, that you’re better off selecting a grey that’s on the cool side if you’re going to use a cool blue or violet; use a warm grey if you select tangerine or lime green as your accent hue.  Using various shades of grey- white to black and then adding small pops of red has also returned to vogue.

Other Neutrals to Consider:
White, Beige, Tan, Grey, Warm brown/black, combined with soft greyed blue and pastel aqua are shown in Sherwin Williams paint selections in a grouping entitled, Chrysalis.

Nearly Primary Colors:
A somewhat restrained use of yellow, red and blue combined with orange, violet and greens bring vibrance to any room where it’s used.  I recently have been working on using some of these colors, combined with black and white in the artwork of an otherwise neutral palette.  

No one's afraid of color in this home!

In conclusion:
What questions or comments do you have related to this?  I’d love to receive your description and/or photos of your space with a challenging color scheme:  
    *You want to change but you’re stuck with furniture you bought in the early/late 2000s?  
    *You live in a home with white walls and fear color?  
    *Is there a way you can warm up that tint of blue-green in your bedroom without painting it?  
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