Style Secrets for Traditional Design


There’s a reason why this style has thrived for so long. Taking its inspiration from the past, the traditional style is all about having each element properly placed. It’s more than just having refined furnishings, though, but this style also promises a sense of order and warmth. Here are some tips on how to achieve it:



This look is all about balance—from architecture to furniture placement. Most of the time, furnishings are grouped in formal arrangements that invite conversation. For this style, each piece doesn’t have to match but try to avoid pieces that are too eclectic.

Try to keep it fresh by adding elements to keep a room from feeling static. For example, add a tall mirror against one wall or hang art pieces in a grouping that creates motion. To loosen up the room a bit, try adding an irregular shaped rug.


Neutral Color Scheme

Use neutrals like cream, beige, taupe and tan, but you can also play with deeper browns, reds, greens, and blues as they also look great for traditional interiors. If you don’t want to play it too safe, you can also use pale blue, lavender or even soft red. Just make sure to keep the color tone conservative and mellow, and stick with conventional positioning and architecture.


Artful Accessories

This includes china, figurines, books, etc. but collections should be grouped together or fanned out in a tidy manner. When it comes to paintings and sculptures, you don’t have to stick with classical. There are a lot of modern art that looks graceful enough to fit in a traditional design. Make sure to always frame canvases, though, as leaving them frameless make them feel less formal.


Exotic Rugs

Top-quality floor covering definitely makes a difference. Kilims, Persian carpets and Oriental rugs never go out of style so don’t worry about spending a lot for it. They also have this unique appeal where they can simply blend into the background, while giving an added style element. If you want to experiment a bit, try putting an Oriental rug on top of sisal, or put a small rug next to a larger one.


Soft Edges

Traditional spaces emphasize curves and comfort so definitely no sharp angles if you’re going for this look. Use plump cushions and skirted pieces to counterbalance leggy tables and chairs. But remember not to cram too much tufted furniture into a single room or it’ll end up looking too Victorian.


Rich Wood Tones

Darker wood tones like walnut, mahogany, oak and cherry rule the traditional style. Amp up the style by letting hardwood floors shine or adding a rug. Try to to layer in wood furnishings that are in the same color scheme for a collected yet still pulled-together look.


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