Interior Design Styles – Traditional Style
The traditional style is what you might call a ‘blast from the past.’ It has this old-school, nostalgic charm that comes from its dated furnishings, classical design elements and a bit of predictability. It’s one of those styles that feature a very predetermined look, but can be extremely hard to define specifically. I personally think that this style is made from small parts that make up a whole. For example, you can use a bohemian chesterfield in a traditional style living room. However, you may also use a gold trimmed, tufted sofa-bed to capture its essence as well. However, there are small common features that you can find in all traditional style interiors.
Let’s take a look at 7 tips on traditional style
More than anything else, it is symmetry that gives a formal look to traditional style interiors. So you should always be careful about creating a fine visual balance. Symmetry keeps the eye engaged. It also makes it easy for the user to feel more comfortable and at ease. The rhythm created by symmetry creates visual interest in the interior design.
There are a lot of ways you can create symmetry in traditional interiors. You can use furniture arrangement to get a nice visual balance. You can also use windows and decoration pieces to create engaging patterns in your space. You can even use artwork and light fixture to create a fully balanced and harmonious aesthetic.
2. Classical elements
The traditional style has a very classical vibe. It features modernized versions of classical design elements that are used throughout the space. These include fluted pilasters on the fireplace, wall beading on feature walls, narrow entablatures, egg-and-dart, cornices, and plasterwork. Most of this is conducted in a white color scheme. The whiteness keeps the traditional look from being too overwhelming. I do suggest that you try to keep the visual weight of these elements to a minimum. Otherwise, your interior design will become unnecessarily ornate.
3. Grand chandeliers
Do you know what makes the best focal point for a traditional style interior? A grand chandelier! I think that the context of the space matters a lot, and the grand chandelier or lighting fixture doesn’t have to be that grand. You can most definitely work with lighter versions of classical light fixtures to get similar results. Wall sconces or candelabras are a great example of such features. If these fixtures have some soft metal accents, then all the more better!
Tufting is that venerable traditional style essential without which this style would look totally incomplete. A tufted feature wall or furniture will automatically evoke traditional vibe in your interior designs. You can use rich fabrics in jewel colors to get an ornate look in the ambience. However, I suggest you not go overboard with it. Only a small amount can go a long way in making your traditional interiors look absolutely stunning.
5. Warm or neutral color scheme
Soft, neutral colors with rich accents go with the traditional style color scheme. While most of the backdrop for this style is carried out in soft beiges, tans and pastel browns, you can add contrast with either the furniture upholstery, the curtains or even wooden feature objects. This conservative color scheme adds a refined look to the ambiance. It also makes the statement pieces stand out even more. It’s extremely relaxing and mellow – soothing but not boring at all. You’ll find yourself loving the neutral color scheme in contrast with all the other ornateness!
6. Patterns & Motifs
Rich patterns and motifs are another unique traditional style venture. While this aspect was inspired by the olden Baroque and Rococo styles, their modern interpretation is slightly different. Chintz patterns, Damask wallpapers and Laura Ashley patterns circa 1980’s are what we use to bring in that traditional style nostalgia in interiors these days. However, you should always use them in moderation. Too much of such patterning can seem over the top. A single accent armchair with chintz upholstery, a small strip of a feature wall in Damask wallpaper or a Laura Ashley patterned throw pillow set will do.
Decoration is one of the most important aspects of any respectable traditional style interior design. You can use accessories to spruce up space. You can bring it to life by arranging tasteful decoration pieces throughout the space. The best accent pieces for a traditional interior design include China collections, sculptures, and ornate wall frames. You can even use graceful vases and ironstone China to capture the right aesthetic.
As you can see, contemporary traditional style can be captured with modern twists. We hope this article helped you get a better understanding of what to expect when you’re venturing for a traditional interior design.