Elegant and Timeless Traditional Home Decor
Traditional décor is an expansive category that includes a wide range of decorating styles from French country to neoclassical. Think classic furnishings, elegant wallpaper, beautiful curtains, antique accents, patterned or textured rugs, statement lighting, and last but not least, thoughtful color schemes. But do not think spaces like these feel overdone or stuffy. These days interior designers are giving traditional style a fresh and modern twist. Our favorite examples share how.
Country Club Traditional
The interior design firm Studio McGee dubbed this assignment The Country Club Traditional Project. The goal was to give their client’s traditional styled home a fresh and modern update. The pretty patterned wallpaper adds personality to the neutral dining room while creating visual separation from the rest of the space. The interior designer paid close attention to texture when sprucing the living room. A prime example? Notice the cowhide layered over the seagrass rug — It adds a layer of softness, which makes the area free more inviting underfoot.
Traditional Dining Room That Feels Modern
The homeowners wanted a traditional dining room that felt fresh and hip. Enter interior design firm, Libra Studio.
The formal dining room table and chairs set the tone. The bar cart on the right is a practical feature that is also pretty. The vintage, art deco buffet adds sophistication while serving a purpose. The gorgeous chandelier with classic linen shades by Jonathan Adler is pure elegance. The bold art on the wall adds a considerable dose of visual interest. Artfully arranged greenery enliven things.
How to Create a Traditional Living Room
A Chesterfield sofa sets the tone in this traditional living room by Turek Design. Matching sets of end tables, table lamps, and accent chairs create a symmetrical arrangement that feels both elegant and effortless. The large painting over the sofa unifies the room’s color scheme.
Bright and Airy Traditional Living Room
The couple who owns this condo hired Square House Studios to create a traditional space with a bright and airy vibe. A gorgeous mix of small decorative pieces blends beautifully with the neutral color scheme. Metallic accents including the legs on the marble coffee table and brass sculptures on the shelves add a little glitz. The custom cabinetry and exacting millwork lend elegance. The Belgian inspired sofa is by Restoration Hardware. It is balanced by sophisticated seating: a small wing chair and a contemporary club chair.
Beach Inspired Traditional Decor
We think the best examples of traditional decorating feels both formal and approachable — like this beach-inspired living room brimming with traditional elements by Pinney Designs.
The landscape painting over the fireplace brings color while anchoring the room. The tone on tone color scheme establishes an incredibly relaxing and soothing vibe without feeling too casual. Symmetry, as shown by the two matching sofas and the set of floor lamps, is a hallmark of the traditional style.
This Foyer Makes a Stellar First Impression
A traditional foyer by Martha O’Hara Interiors makes a chic first impression with old world inspired furnishings. A Louis armchair creates a spot to put on or take off shoes. A classic, rounded cabinet works as a landing strip. Superb wainscoting dresses up the walls. A quatrefoil mirror adds sparkle.
Symmetrical Interior Design
Here is a classic example of a traditional sitting room by the design team at Interior Anthology. The color palette sticks to neutral tones highlighted by soft, metallic accents. Notice the symmetry in the space that establishes balance — the end tables, mirrors, and lamps flanking the fireplace. The wallpaper brings delicate pattern. The impressionist painting over the fireplace lends warmth.
Beautiful White Bedroom with Walnut Furniture
At first glance, this bedroom by the interior design firm, Get Decorated, feels incredibly modern — and it is. But upon closer inspection, you will notice staples of traditional decorating. Matching walnut end tables and a set of ceramic lamps flank the bed. The upholstered headboard is a tasteful feature that feels luxurious. Flowers and greenery punch up the mostly white room with small doses of colors.
How to Blend Decorative Accents
We mentioned earlier that traditional décor incorporates a pretty broad range of styles. Here, the design team behind Heather Garrett Design blend decorative pieces from different periods and artistic traditions to create a stunning vignette. Brass accents including the drawer knobs and statement lighting unify the look.