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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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!

Monochromatic and Majorly Cute Living Room

Monochromatic and Majorly Cute Living Room

One great way to bolden up your space is to go monochrome. The repeated use of the same color tone will create a bold and dramatic look.

The Corner Chair

The Corner Chair

There is something so elegant about a single chair in the corner of a space. Be it the dining room, a corridor, or a foyer, a single chair with beautiful detail can feel like a piece of art.

Diners Delight in Deco Inspired Design

Diners Delight in Deco Inspired Design

This dining space combines the clean curved lines and stately craftsmanship that are true hallmarks of the deco style with a welcoming and thoroughly contemporary neutral color palette for a look that is so chic.

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.

Blissful Dining Area in Open Floor Plan

Blissful  Dining Area in Open Floor Plan

This lovely dining area is so serene and welcoming. The upholstered dining chairs invite you to take a (comfy) seat under the brass chandelier warm glow and enjoy the company of friends and family around the circular table.

Updated Traditional Living Room

Updated Traditional Living Room

The Axis II Sectional from Crate and Barrel has clean lines and blends in seamlessly with this masculine Living Room.  The dark woods and red accents balance against the light wall color and provide warmth and depth.  You can personalize the space by creating a large gallery wall using black and white prints.  

Chesterfield Sofa in Sumptuous Velvet

Chesterfield Sofa in Sumptuous Velvet

You can't beat a classic, and there are few things as classic as a chesterfield sofa. The tufted back and rolled arms of this mainstay style will always add a touch of class to any space.

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.

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.

Elements of Ornamentation Entryway

Elements of Ornamentation Entryway

This entryway has so many exciting elements that draw you in thanks to its components' ornamental quality. The carved spindle legs of the furniture, the painted and gilded mirror, and traditional style rug all add up to one very enticing design.

Traditional Dining Room: Warm and Cool in Perfect Balance

Traditional Dining Room: Warm and Cool in Perfect Balance

This traditional dining room feels so cheery thanks to the mix of warm and cool tones and playful patterns. Pops of blue can be found in the vase swirled patterned, the wall art, and the traditional rug. Warm colors appear in the gold frame of the mirror and wooden furniture.

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