Traditional design is classic and elegant. A traditional living room can be both timeless and cozy for the whole family. It all depends on the materials used. However, every traditional living room design does have a discerning color palette, curated artwork and decor, and elegant lighting that makes a statement. Traditional design can be predictable—but the good side is that it’s cozy and comfortable. Traditional living rooms are perfect for those who want a homey and comfortable living space or for people who have a timeless sense of style—who know what they like and like what they know. This style offers stability and strays away from trends, creating a timeless look. Traditional living room designs will feature a sophisticated color palette; this is not the setting for anything too vibrant, bold, or loud. Instead, think warm or bright layered neutrals. The most classic traditional color palette features a mix of those neutrals with deep blues, warmed up with rich wood tones throughout the space. But you can certainly go for pops of other colors besides blue. You’ll also notice the use of classic patterns, like stripes, florals, and damask. Traditional living room designs feature classic, sturdy materials like oak, mahogany, leather, and brick—plus softer upholstery like linen or cotton weaves. A traditional living room layout tends to be symmetrical. This is part of what creates that secure, reliable feeling within traditional design. A sofa, opposite two matching armchairs, with coordinating side and coffee tables is a classic look. But you don’t have to be totally confined to symmetry. You can always mis-match your armchairs or opt for side tables that have different design elements than your coffee table. Furniture in traditional living rooms tends to be sturdy, with an eye toward true craftsmanship. It creates a look that feels timeless and reliable. More classic traditional living room furniture will feature detailed woodwork and ornate, carved moldings, while American traditional furniture tends to be more understated, with minimal ornamental details. American tradition pulls inspiration from Colonial and Craftsman interiors. And, while the wood furnishings in many traditional living rooms feature a dark finish, you could also go for a natural finish or even a weathered grey or white-washed look. If you want specific traditional living room design ideas, consider Queen Anne-style furniture, overstuffed sofas, and leather arm chairs. Layer in footstools, mirrors, sculptures, and other detailed designs. Opt for curtains with tie-backs to further drive home that traditional look. And don’t be afraid to mix in some antiques! This will give your traditional living room a truly authentic look and feel. Traditional design pairs well with other design styles as well. You can modernize the look by mixing in transitional furniture pieces. You can add a glam vibe by incorporating gold or bronze elements. Or you can take a coastal or countryside approach by weaving in rustic elements and more textures. Ready for some traditional living room design inspiration? We have a whole library of designs to give you ideas and leave you inspired. Start scrolling to see more!
This living room pairs a mix of transitional and traditional design elements to get a totally unique look. To get this vibe in your space, start with a classic blue and white color palette and warm it up with rich wood tones.
This neutral living room has many traditional elements that create a stylish room that will never go out of style. The clean lines of the sofa and coffee table are accented by the ornate details in the side tables. They all work together to create a chic yet traditional living room!
In a traditional living room, symmetry will be your best ally. We chose a pair of double floor lamps that add extra light to the room with elegance, matching the wall tone to keep the sectional as the star of the room. Adding decorative throw pillows will bring style and texture into the space.
Want your room to look like this?