STYLE FILE: Classically Traditional
A traditional home promises familiarity, balance, and a coziness that can't be beat with other styles. Neutral walls paired with rich wood tones and architectural embellishments are a must for your home. You are the peak of refined style.
A little history
Traditional interiors are a nod to the elegance and balance found in classic European decor. Timeless furniture silhouettes, patterns, and architectural features have helped shape the style into what it is today. Today, traditional interiors pair the refinement found in classic styles with updated colors and textiles to leave the space feeling less drab than in years past.
Neutral colors like creams, whites, and beiges are a popular choice for wall colors to keep things feeling light and airy. Rich reds, blues and greens are popular in classic traditional design. Updated traditional interiors often host palettes in softer, more feminine colors like lavenders, sages, and pale blues. One key factor in making your color scheme work is by choosing one color and incorporating it's different tones into your design.
Pattern + Material
Perfectly curated patterns are a must to traditional design. Stripes, toile, chinoiserie and damask all have a place here. Careful curation is key- multiple patterns can live harmoniously in the same space if they balance each other out. Think a delicate stripe paired with a bold chinoiserie in colors that complement each other and the space. A mix of neutral linens and rich, textural velvets and silks help balance out bold pattern choices.
Woods are a staple in traditional design. Classic interiors tend to favor dark woods like cherry, mahogany and walnut. You will find these cozy wood tones serve as the backdrop and architectural features throughout the home. An updated space may use lighter wood tones like maple or ash. It is important to match furniture (couch legs, tables, casegoods) to these tones for a cohesive look.
In both classic and updated spaces, traditional furniture is always wonderfully adorned. From intricately carved wood to tufted upholstery, there is nothing bland about traditional furniture. Soft, cozy upholstered couches and ottomans can help offset the angles of wood tables and case goods. Chippendale sofas, clawfoot tables and wingback chairs are examples of timeless pieces used in traditional design.
Decor + Details
Tried and true rugs
The well designed traditional space will not contest to dependable timeless pieces. Oriental and persian rugs are true workhorses in these spaces. They help ground furniture groupings and add a layer of comfort to wood floors, which can often be perceived as cold. A rug perfectly scaled to the dimensions of the room provides a perfect backdrop, accenting other colors and patterns in the room.
Embracing architectural elements
Elaborate trim and millwork is something not often found in newer spaces. These elements paired with beams, ornate fireplaces and columns define a space as easily as the furniture inside. Embracing these elements will get you far in a traditional space (similar to industrial spaces.) Giving wall elements a fresh coat of paint will keep your space feeling up-to-date.
Cozy and intimate spaces
All elements in a traditional space are designed with balance and symmetry in mind. This is particularly important when styling the furniture in your room. Cozy, inviting furniture groupings create spaces for conversations in intimate settings.
Curating decor accessories
Collections can and should be displayed throughout a traditional space. Groupings of similar pieces in varying shapes and sizes are a popular way of displaying decor items and collections. An example- a variety of blue and white ginger jars styled neatly on a console would make lovely addition to a traditional home.