Marked by rich, dark woods, intricate details, and luxe fabrics, the traditional décor style can catch a bit of a reputation for being fussy, dated, or over-decorated. While the style does draw inspiration from antique trends and furnishings, it's easy to keep this look feeling fresh and inspired — in sprawling Colonial estates and urban studio lofts alike.
Indulge in luxe materials
The traditional style is known for its use of rich and luxurious materials, but you don't have to spend a fortune to achieve this expensive-looking style. Splurge on one or two high-end items, such as a velvet-upholstered settee or an ornately carved dining table, then supplement the rest of the space with budget-friendly replications that still exude old-world style. If you want to incorporate authentic vintage pieces, comb your local thrift stores or flea markets for inexpensive antiques that just need a little TLC—you'd be surprised how much of a difference new upholstery and a fresh coat of paint can make.
Keep it symmetrical
Spaces decorated in the traditional style tend to feature predictable, orderly arrangements. Traditional living room décor, for example, commonly features couches and accent seats centered around the coffee table, evenly-spaced furniture laid out across the axis of the room, and fashionable-functional pieces that serve a clearly defined purpose (think side tables, ottomans, and entertainment centers). To keep a traditional space from looking too stuffy or rigid, soften it up with billowing drapes, tailored slipcovers, or an eye-catching rug. Then, add in traditional wall décor like ornamental mirrors and artwork to carry the style throughout the room.
A traditional room will never feel overwhelmed by color, but that doesn't mean you're bound to a strictly neutral palette. Bold colors with a bit of an earthier edge—such as burnt orange, burgundy, and deep purple—complement the dark woods of traditional furniture, while airier shades of beige and cream keep the space from feeling too dark and cramped. Ornate metallic accents in distressed or patinated finishes maintain the luxurious feel of the traditional style.
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