A traditional-style bedroom doesn’t have to mean fussy or outdated. In fact, they can be downright timeless and elegant! Comfortable furniture with rich tones make the core of this style, while layers of texture, symmetry, and an ever-so-slight formal vibe make traditional style what it is. Traditional designs are perfect for those who want bedrooms with a homey and comfortable touch, but with an air of formality. Traditional spaces tend to have more neutral color palettes. Layers of bright and warm neutrals—with pops of saturated colors—are perfect for traditional bedrooms. This creates a relaxing retreat of a bedroom where you can fully unwind at the end of a long day. But bedrooms are also a good room in a traditional home to insert a larger dose of color. Consider blue or green walls (or even pink!) contrasted with bright white bedding and rich wood tones in the furniture. We love the timelessness of traditional design. In a bedroom, these timeless vibes come out in the detailed carvings of a bed frame or the considered shapes of bedside tables and dressers. Bed frames in traditional bedroom designs can go a few different ways. A more formal approach would be a tufted, upholstered style in a light neutral fabric. A spindle bed frame gives off that classic American Traditional vibe. And a metal spindle bed versus a wooden option offers an updated take on traditional. But you can also go with a dark or weathered wood frame of many different styles—like a sleigh bed or a four-poster style. Traditional bedroom layouts tend to be symmetrical. So, opt for matching nightstands on either side of the bed, along matching with lamps or sconces on each side. If you want to really lean into the traditional look, go for a lamp with a formal look and classic shape—maybe even with stained glass elements! But you can also balance out the traditional with a more modern or coastal-style light fixture. To up the cozy vibes, make sure you have a soft area rug. Something woven or plush, with rich colors and an ornate pattern are perfect for traditional bedroom designs. And top the bed with plenty of throw pillows! A layered look is perfect for traditional bedrooms. A large dresser helps ground and stabilize this bedroom’s style—and a dressing area with a full-length mirror is a nice addition to this more formal take on bedroom design. But if you want a dresser that’s a bit more delicate, a traditional bedroom idea we love is incorporating an antique dresser! Want some other traditional bedroom design ideas? A reading nook is a perfect addition to a traditional bedroom. Pick a chair with classically patterned upholstery—like stripes, florals, or damask. Or go for a caned or leather club chair. And a tufted or wooden bench—either at the end of the bed or along a wall, lends that air of formality that traditional style is known for. Ready to get some traditional bedroom design inspiration? We have a full collection of designs to inspire you and help you see this look come to life!
Bring the feeling of the outdoors in with natural wood finishes and soft shades of earth-tone colors. Contrasting beautifully with the dark wood chests and accent wall, a light tan bed and bench feel weightless and airy. Pillows with varying shades of brown and tan on the bed tie all the colors in the room together.
This sweet and simple bedroom has plenty of quaint charm. The spindle leg tripod end table and vintage finish rug feel slightly antique while still being stylish. Plus the hanging plants and daisy themed wall art make the room feel like a breath of fresh Spring air.
If subtlety is more your style when it comes to lighting, we recommend a pendant similar to the one in this design. They are a touch of contemporary glam that doesn't overshadow the overall traditional space. This is a great piece for any room in your home!
There is something quite classy and sophisticated about a blue and white color palette. This traditional styled bedroom showcases this palette beautifully. There is simply a serene, tranquil feeling once you step into a room with this color combo.
Thanks to a spare layout this eclectic and refined bedroom space feels both collected and approachable. We love how the black and white color pallette is given a jolt of energy from the pops of warm orange seen in the basket, rug, and stools.
If you don't have enough space for an armchair, but you want a reading space, you can try using a bench. To add a traditional touch, select one with touches of carved wood and backrest with extra comfort. Add pillows to this reading nook as it will continue the relaxing theme, and you won't want to leave anytime soon!
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