Traditional Design Ideas

Traditional-style design is a familiar one for most. This warm and homey style combines classic design elements, like symmetrical layouts, with furniture from a variety of eras. Warm wood tones, dark leather, soft fabrics, and soothing color palettes are used throughout traditional spaces.  The roots of traditional design are found in colonial and craftsman interiors. It’s an approachable style that favors the cozy and comfortable—despite its sometimes-formal design elements. And though it stems from architecture of days gone by, traditional style can be blended with many different styles for an updated and personalized approach. This is a perfect style for those who want a comfortable and relaxed home and for those who have a timeless sense of style. Traditional design offers stability and strays away from trends, creating a timeless look. Traditional homes favor sophisticated color palettes in bright, warm neutrals. So, lots of whites and creams! Many people with traditional spaces stick to these neutral color palettes—but you can certainly still add in color without losing that traditional vibe! A blue and white palette is the most classic traditional color scheme, but you can also go for other saturated colors—either in big washes through a wall color or in smaller pops through pillows, rugs, and decor. Just make sure the colors you choose aren’t too vibrant or loud. Furniture in traditional spaces tends to be sturdy, made of solid materials. But these furniture pieces also tend to have detailed designs and styling. While some traditional furniture, itself, may skew a bit formal—like the classic Queen Anne-style furniture that many traditionalists love—it should also be comfortable. Warm wood tones help create that approachability (in a dark or grey-washed finish), along with upholstery in soft linen and cotton weaves. Charming patterns, like stripes, florals, and damask, help further create that homey vibe. The addition of tufted benches, footstools, and shelving—especially shelves with glass-front doors—are perfect additions to a traditional home. Antiques are very at home in traditional spaces and mix very well with contemporary traditional pieces. Since antiques are more one-of-a-kind, they add a very unique element to an otherwise fairly predictable style.  Once you have your furniture in place, you can add decor to drive home the style. For wall art, consider landscape paintings, botanical prints, or framed maps. Mirrors with ornate, gilded frames are also perfect in traditional spaces. Then, layer in sculptures and vases. Pieces with more detailing will create more of a classical vibe, whereas adding in pieces with organic shapes can add a more modern edge to your space. Chandeliers and other light fixtures are also a great way to add stylistic nuance to your traditional room. You can opt for a candelabra or more ornate chandelier—perhaps with draped crystal beading ornamentation—for a more classical look. Or, if you want to add in a rustic twist, you could go for an industrial or woven light fixture. Meanwhile, a pendant in a brass or bronze finish will give the space a modern edge. So, choose lighting based on the subtle style nuance you’d like to achieve! With this, you’ll notice that traditional design mixes very well with other design styles. Peppering in transitional furniture pieces can modernize the look. Incorporating metallic elements can add a glam vibe. Or you can take a coastal or countryside approach by weaving in rustic elements and more textures. But, with traditional furniture, materials, and layouts, you’ll still have a home that feels comfortable and timeless. Want to see this style come to life? Start scrolling for some of our favorite traditional home designs!

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High Contrast Guest Room

High Contrast Guest Room

High contrast doesn't just have to be black and white. We love the use of deep blues with fresh linen white for a classic and clean look!

Green Is The New Beige

Green Is The New Beige

Green walls add an earthy and calming touch to any space, particularly a bedroom. When accented with rich woods and bright neutrals, this green hue really comes to life.

A Cohesive Look

A Cohesive Look

The rug and the chairs are light and airy but can still hide stains and are designed with kids in mind. Beautiful natural light from the windows creates a warm and welcoming room. Bring in some greenery to add a pop of color and create an openness to the room.

Elegant Afternoon Tea

Elegant Afternoon Tea

These club chairs beautifully set in front of the fireplace create a lovely place to bask in the sun and enjoy afternoon tea. When the sun goes down, remove the side table and have good conversation in front of a crackling fire,

Traditional Living Room: TV Layout

Traditional Living Room: TV Layout

This living room dons a classic layout with a handsome leather chesterfield and roll arm accent chairs. The fireplace is the focal point, but there is a practical twist as well - the TV. 

Farmhouse Style with a Modern Transitional Twist

Farmhouse Style with a Modern Transitional Twist

Rustic shiplap walls encompass a transitional assortment of foundational furniture for a look that's refreshingly inviting and current feeling. 

Traditional, Texture and Timeless Style

Traditional, Texture and Timeless Style

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!

Updated Traditional Living Room Design

Updated Traditional Living Room Design

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.

Framing A Fireplace

Framing A Fireplace

There are many ways to frame in a fireplace. One of our favorite ways it to use side chairs! They add an elegent touch and are very practical for when you need extra seating.

American Classic Reading Nook

American Classic Reading Nook

American traditional design meets the charm of an English countryside in this charming reading nook. Two wingback chairs sit before a traditional-inspired fireplace, setting the scene for a perfect afternoon for reading next to a cozy fire. 

Classics With Yellow

Classics With Yellow

When you think of classic design, a bold yellow wall probably doesn't come to mind first. But this 2021 Pantone color of the year is striking with classic decor and accents. We can't help but love this dynamic duo.

Tranquil Traditional Bedroom with Layers of Cozy Comfort

Tranquil Traditional Bedroom with Layers of Cozy Comfort

The layers of comfort in this traditional styled bedroom are so enticing. Not only are there layers upon layers of pillows, but the tufted headboard promises maximum comfort. Perfect for a midday nap.

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