31 Jan Defining Styles: Traditional
Traditional style is a tried and true style for interiors. It is timeless, classic and it is exudes elegance and comfort. Traditional style has a European influence, dating back to the 18th and 19th century. Whether you love Traditional or not, it is a style that is most relatable as it is often seen in magazines, furniture showrooms and perhaps even in a home you grew up in.
How will traditional style stand out?
The overall feel of the room will be calm and not pack a lot of punch, even if it the most beautiful room you have ever seen, it will be somewhat predictable (in only the best of ways). Furniture pieces will match and be consistent in style. A traditional room will have the look that everything goes together effortlessly and furniture and accessories will usually be seen in pairs giving a sense of symmetry and balance.
It’s all about the finer details with traditional style. The most common accessories are, lamps, urns or vases, mirrors, framed prints, plants, china and books. Of course, we can’t forget chandeliers! Shiny metals, such as chrome, are never seen in traditional design. Warm metals, like bronze, gold and copper are staples to adding accents in accessories and light fixtures.
Furniture will often be heavier and have gentle curves and soft edges. Upholstered furniture spotlights classic lines and subtle details – such as tufting or tailored pleating. Wood furniture tends to have a combination of straight and curved lines, as well as detailed carving. When it comes to bold features, claw-foot detail is a popular one.
Beth Webb showcasing Traditional
Textiles are never over the top when it comes to color and print. Common prints are florals, paisleys, plaids, stripes and damasks. Overall colors are mostly neutral or muted and popular accent colors are reds, greens and warm jewel tones.
The overall interior of a traditional home will often have white trim and molding, crown molding will add to the formal look and walls may be seen with molding detail such as chair railing or carved wood panels. Hardwood floors are a style standard.