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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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.

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.

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. 

The Right Balance

The Right Balance

A contemporary sofa rests comfortably within a traditional style living rooms thanks to the right accent pillows. Because the pillows utilize a traditional material like velvet but are simplistic in form, they bridge the gap between the sofa and the rest of the decor. Making for a classic feeling space with an approachable edge.

A Touch of Vintage Charm

A Touch of Vintage Charm

Two nailhead style armchairs in an expresso brown leather add additional rustic charm to this traditional-style living room. The chairs' subtle distressing gives them a fun and inviting vintage feel that lets guests know this traditional space is regal and relaxing.

Extra Light for a Traditional Living Room

Extra Light for a 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.

Botanical Bounty

Botanical Bounty

Ornate floral patterns and wall art in subtle hues are scattered delicately throughout this traditional space. Even the traditional rug in light blue and white recalls blossoms and crawling vines, giving the whole space a soft and inviting quality, similar to an English garden.

It's All in the Details Dining Room


It's All in the Details Dining Room

Create a space that's as interesting as it is inviting with traditional style design. Upholstered nailhead trimmed chairs and an ornate rug are refined touches that will capture your eye and heart in this dining room.

Dining Room Hutch

Dining Room Hutch

A hutch can be an excellent choice for dining room storage. While a hutch can often feel very traditional, there are ways to update it, with decor and fresh color palettes.

Console Table In Traditional Dining Room

Console Table In Traditional Dining Room

If you have a narrow dining space but still need storage, a shallow console table can be a perfect solution. Look for console tables with drawers and shelves to maximize the storage potential. 

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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