Design Styles Defined: Traditional
When it comes to a classic look, traditional stands above the rest. Known to be calm and predictable, traditional design is cozy and comfortable as well, offering a space that is relaxed and harmonious. Let’s take a deeper look at this comforting style to see if this setting is right for your home.
Elements of Traditional Design Style
Here’s a quick breakdown of traditional design:
- Elegant, soft curved lines
- Neutral colored walls (taupe, beige and soft grays)
- Classic European décor
- Wood accents (mahogany, teak and cherry)
- Symmetrical arrangement of art and décor
- Vibrantly colored artwork and accessories
- Décor and furniture in rich shades of brown, burgundy and navy
Interior Decorating Characterists
Hallmarks of traditional spaces often include fine woodwork, graceful lines, carved moldings and sturdy, finely crafted furniture. You might find overstuffed chairs and sofas, soft accent pillows and elegant window coverings in traditional rooms.
The layout within a traditional room’s interior is also important. Symmetry is a big part of traditional design, so you will common layouts such as a pair of armchairs in front of the fireplace, a pair of candlesticks on a table or mantle, or artwork arranged on the wall in a balanced way.
Furniture: Traditional Style
Furnishings are usually 18th-century English, 19th-century neoclassic, French country and British Colonial revival. Favored furniture styles are Sheraton, Queen Anne and Chippendale. Each style has its own unique characteristics that include, but are not limited to, curved lines, decorative finials, veneers, inlays, and other artistic embellishments.
Traditional Design Colors
Traditional color palettes often include neutrals such as beige, ivory, cream and soft grays on walls and furniture. In some cases however, drama can be created by adding bold colors. For example, a bold accent wall can serve as a backdrop to beautiful furniture pieces covered in soft, neutral fabrics. Artwork and accessories are also used as ways to bring in splashes of bold colors.
Textures and Patterns
Traditional design fabrics are found in a variety of solid colors, but include so much more. Paisley, damask, stripes, plaids and floral patterns are widely popular throughout traditional spaces. Luxurious fabrics such as velvet, cashmere and silk can also be found. For low-maintenance and easy care, linens and cottons are also popular.