Traditional Style interiors are comforting and classic.  It is calm, orderly and predictable.  Furnishings are

Classic.  There is a reason why traditional decorating has thrived for so long.  It promises warmth and welcome, and it delivers.  Refined furnishings, mannerly textiles, dignified colors and a sense of order make this style easy to live with. 

There are no sharp angles here – traditional rooms, emphasize curves and sink right-in comfort.  Skirted pieces feel cozy.  Cushions are plump, pillows are plentiful.  Keep skirts tailored to avoid a dated look and choose neutral, textural fabrics to make an old fashioned sofa or chair feel of the moment. 

Color

In a traditional space, color doesn’t shout.  Neutrals such as cream, beige, taupe and tan prevail, but deeper browns, reds, greens, and blues look fabulous in traditional interiors as well

Walnut, cherry , mahogany, oak – darker wood tones rule traditional style.  Let hardwood floors shine:  don’t leave them bare, but don’t obscure them with a rug that’s too big.  Layer in wood furnishings that are in the same color family for a collected, yet still pulled together, look.

Finishing Touches

Traditional rooms are known for their beautiful finishing touches.  Often millwork and plaster work bears strong detailing including venerable motifs such as egg-and-dart or Greek key and is painted crisp white or ivory. 

Crystal chandeliers and sconces complement traditional elegance nicely.

Plaids, stripes, florals, toile and more – each has a place in traditional style.  Feel free to mix and match, but stay in the same palette.  No matter what, patterns in a traditional room should have a fundamental sense of symmetry. 

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