Ideas for Decorating with Traditional Style
Friday, September 18, 2015
You’ve selected your favorite floor among countless flooring choices. You’ve perused the continuously expanding paint color options. You’ve even looked into new furniture options. However, no matter how you combine them, you can’t seem to find the most enchanting style for your home. You’ve even attempted to switch to different design elements (in our case, we hope you haven’t changed your mind on the floors!). Just when you’ve about given up hope, and are about to return to the home design drawing board, you hear it: traditional style. Rather than scouring the web in order to uncover what decorating with traditional style means, it’s time to start from the ground up.
Unless you spend a good portion of your day staring at your feet, the floors you walk on day in, day out may be an afterthought when looking at home design features. But just because you don’t have floors at the top of your mind on a regular basis doesn’t mean you don’t want the option you decide upon to be less than durable. So where do traditional style and exceptional — yet durable — flooring choices meet? At the crossroads of traditional style.
Known to be the pinnacle of formal and full of cream or neutral tones, traditional style no longer requires you to wear your Sunday best to sit on the sofa. Traditional style is what those of us in the home design business like to describe as taking inspiration from the past, utilizing it in your home design or décor, and having a room that is functional, yet still looks and feels luxurious.
Over the decades, the design features that tend to go hand-in-hand with traditional style include:
Meant entirely for inspiration, designing and decorating with traditional style is what you make it. Don’t want every square inch of your living room to be a neutral tone? It doesn’t have to be. Want striking patterns instead of soft patterns? You can use them. Don’t like the look of molding? Don’t include it. There are no official rules to incorporating traditional style into a home; you don’t have to have the stuffy, formal living room your grandmother had with plastic over the sofa. What’s important is you’re the one designing and decorating a room that suits your needs. And that it’s every bit enchanting as you imagined it to be. Perhaps you’ll even be able to design a space that’s — dare we say — timeless?
- Cream or neutral tones for the primary color palette, but other contrasting or complementary colors can also be thrown into the mix. A mid-range color pattern makes the room an inviting space.
- A focus on symmetry or repetition throughout the room. Accessories, furniture, patterns, etc. tend to either be represented in pairs, or have a repeating presence in the space.
- Antique or reproduction furniture in Queen Anne, Chippendale, or Sheraton style. These furniture styles have just the right amount of decorative embellishments, but are also symmetrical.
- Clutter, but carefully controlled clutter. You can have an abundance of décor, such as vases, bowls, candlesticks, family photos, books, artwork, and other curios, but when decorating with traditional style, while there may be many pieces, there aren’t too many that a visitor feels overwhelmed.
- Dark woods are used in both furniture and flooring choices as a contrast to the soft neutral tones that are conventionally used as the primary color palette.
- While rooms in the traditional style are designed to invoke a feeling of sophistication and formality, they aren’t meant to be stuffy and uninviting. Choose flooring options, décor, colors, etc., that make you feel welcome and, of course, feel at home.
For flooring choices that match your vision of traditional style, start by browsing our Solid Hardwood collection.
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