Traditional interior design offers classic styling that is comforting and visually appealing. The lines are curved and you will find carved dark wood furniture, deeper colors, and furniture that matches. Unlike modern decor, the traditional look is darker and much more serious.
The traditional look is elegant and timeless. Matching dark green chairs paired next to a fireplace with dark wood floors is a common look. The lamps are going to match and the style of the furniture and accessories is going to be classic. Start your traditional home makeover with the walls.
Traditional floral or striped wallpaper give the rooms a classic look. You can also paint the walls in darker neutral colors like gray, red, or blue. Lighter neutrals will work as well, like taupe or beige. The floors in a traditional home are typically going to be dark wood. Wall to wall carpeting is rarely found in a traditional home. Wood floors are going to be covered with area rugs in rich colors.
Don’t hang abstract art on the wall. Traditional paintings are going to work best. Portraits, floral or fruit paintings, and outdoor scenes will add the appropriate traditional touch. The interior of each room should have a rich feel. Curtains are important in traditional homes and you want to choose heavy curtains that touch the floor. Velvet curtains are a great choice, in rich colors like burgundy or purple.
The furniture is going to upholstered in heavy fabrics, and floral and paisley patterns are popular. Damask table runners can be used on the tables. The furniture you buy can have curved lines and ornate carvings. The look should be the opposite of minimal.
Choose furniture with dark wood. Mahogany, maple, and cherry are popular choices and the wood should look and feel luxurious. You can use brighter accent colors when you are decorating in the traditional style, like jewel tones and brighter reds.
The traditional style has a regal feel that is heavy and luxurious. The style is elegant, but it is also relaxing. You don’t want to feel afraid to sit down in the house or touch anything. Make sure that the accessories you choose are luxurious as well. Gold candle holders, floral china with gold trim, sculptures, glass vases, and intricate chandeliers will add more traditional style to your home.
If your home has existing architectural features, don’t cover them up. Wood moldings, ceiling medallions, and wainscoting add rich details to your home and make the perfect backdrop to your traditional furniture. The rooms should look symmetrical and pairs are prominent. Pairs of lamps, end tables, chairs, and sconces are going to be found in every room.
Traditional interior design has a comforting aspect that is orderly and calm. You know what to expect when you enter a traditional home and there are few surprises. The traditional home is never over the top, but it has an understated and elegant appeal that never goes out of style.