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Trend Spotlight: 6 Rooms that do the Traditional Comfort Trend Right

As 2020 wears on, we’ve been seeing more and more traditional design elements enter the trend cycle. Traditional interior design has always prioritized comfort, and we need comfort more than ever this year. So it makes sense that this design style—which has been out of the trend cycle for a while—has made its way back.

We’re seeing it show up in comfortable furniture pieces that have been reconsidered in more modern, trendy ways. And, of course, we see it in the introduction of more comfort-forward pieces in popular design styles right now. (Modern rustic is a perfect example, which prioritizes comfortable furniture.) However, before we really dig into the Traditional Comfort trend, let’s take a closer look at what styles make up this trend and where it comes from.

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What is Traditional Comfort?

The Traditional Comfort trend has roots in the combination of traditional and transitional interior design styles. Traditional elements combine with the simple lines of transitional design to create elegant and timeless pieces that are super comfort-forward. This comfort gives an element of ease to a space—resulting in rooms that are effortless but pulled together. Visually, they simply invite you to come and sit down for a while (while still feeling stylish, inspirational, and relatable).

Traditional interior design today isn’t necessarily what you remember seeing at your great-grandparents house, full of fussy, ornate details and breakables. In other words, it’s not purely American Traditional. Instead, today’s traditional design is more of a laid back take that easily integrates modern lines with traditional design elements.

Traditional Comfort in Pop Culture

Traditional Comfort definitely had a moment in the 90s, which showed up in a big way in TV and movies. The home in The Father of the Bride is a beautiful example. (Along with other Nancy Meyers films, like Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated.) Rachel and Monica’s apartment in Friends is another great example, with a more eclectic spin. And Rachel even tried to bring a Traditional Comfort spin to the apartment she shared with Phoebe later in the show. (Remember the Pottery Barn episode?? You know, “The One with the Apothecary Table”?)

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It even had moments in the early 2000s. Lorelei Gilmore, in Gilmore Girls, incorporated a lot of traditional elements in her funky, eclectic home. And, when we reimaged her home for 2019, we gave it more of a Traditional Comfort spin, while keeping her eclectic style. The design above is our modern reimagining of her space. All the base pieces in here are super traditional, from the sofa to the coffee table and rug, but when mixed together and with other elements in the room, it reads more eclectic. But comfort and approachability is definitely at the forefront.

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Why is Traditional Comfort rising in popularity?

Why is Traditional Comfort taking off as a trend in 2020? Well, to begin with, it’s super comfortable. With all the time we’re spending at home this year, there’s been a resurgence of valuing comfort in our homes. We want to live in spaces that feel like a welcoming retreat—with soft lines, plush materials, and forgiving frames.

This flies in the face of stark Mid-Century Modern designs, which have long been at the forefront of trendy interior design. And it makes sense. People have long turned to traditional interior design in times of social and political uncertainty. And if this year has been anything, it’s been uncertain. So, surrounding ourselves with comfort and a sense of familiarity is the perfect antidote to this crazy year!

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Wondering how to bring the Traditional Comfort trend into your own home? Keep reading for six ways to make it happen!

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Prioritize Comfort

When designing a space that embodies Traditional Comfort design, you want to make sure your base furniture is comfortable above anything else. So, opt for pieces that are plush, with soft upholstery. Leather armchairs and roll-arm sofas both have that cozy, sink-in-and-get-comfortable vibe that’s inherent to the Traditional Comfort trend. Pillows and throws, along with plush rugs, can add to the comfort factor to add softness underfoot and extra warmth and coziness on the furniture. (Not to mention they can help play up the color scheme of a room.) In this room, the coffee and side tables, with their sturdy designs, support that sense of comfort and reliability.

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Embrace Traditional Silhouettes + Motifs

This room is a perfect example of how a formal traditional space can come together today, in a way that still feels relaxed. While there are classic formal design elements in this space, the combination of straight lines, plush materials, and mixed wood finishes in the large furniture pieces give this space a Traditional Comfort vibe. And the use of classic patterns and motifs, as well as a classic blue and white color scheme add to the traditional vibes in a way that feels really approachable. Bonus: blue is a color of stability and calmness, perfect for these strange times!

To break it down a bit further, the foundational furniture (the sofas, accent chairs, and coffee table) have very traditional silhouettes. But the soft textures and upholstery of the sofas bring in a sense of warmth and comfort. Slipcovered sofas are the perfect blend of Traditional and Transitional. And the ruffles on the skirt of the second sofa add a softness to the space. Meanwhile, the striped upholstery on the accent chairs is very traditional, as is the shape of the chairs. The coffee table also suggests an element of comfort; it’s sturdy and durable while still being elegant.

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Layer in Antiques + Vintage Accents

The base furniture in this living room is very plush and comfortable—a key element of the Traditional Comfort style, as we mentioned above. But the accent furniture brings in some antique influences. This gives that old-world vibe to the space that leans into older versions of traditional design.

In this room, we incorporated vintage European and French Farmhouse influences with the coffee table, side table, and lamp. All of them have vintage-inspired traditional forms. This elevates the look from being strictly traditional to a space with more nuance and character. To incorporate antique influences and vintage accents, look for provincial elements to incorporate into your space, such as a vintage lamp or antique side table—or even a vintage (or vintage-inspired) rug with a traditional pattern. Provincial landscape wall art will also do the trick. And traditional motifs—like the stripes on these chairs—will support the antique vibes.

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Incorporate Dark Finishes + Ornate Detailing

A hallmark of traditional interior design is the use of dark wood finishes in furniture. That can range from a mahogany or walnut finish, to even an ebony finish like the furniture above. Dark finishes add contrast and elegance to a space.

Wood furniture in traditional interior design also tends to feature ornate carvings or turned leg detailing—which is highlighted in both the dining table and console in the room above. The traditional motif of the rug and the slipcovered dining chairs (which evoke an element of comfort) help drive home the overall Traditional Comfort approach of this space.

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Include Plenty of Natural Materials

Part of what makes the Traditional Comfort look so, well, comfortable, is the use of natural materials. From wood and leather to caning, jute, linen, and even iron, the use of natural materials gives this design style a sense of approachability and comfort. There’s also a sense of sturdiness and timelessness in natural materials, especially wood, iron, and leather. In this office, the natural materials help give off the vibe of stability and familiarity in a way that feels reliable and transcends trends and a sense of time. The result is a look that feels timeless.

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Don’t Forget About Functionality

Traditional Comfort is a very family-friendly design style. It’s very livable and functional, without many frills. Of course, as you’ve seen in some of the previous examples, some takes on Traditional Comfort include special details, like ruffles, tufting, or turned legs on furniture, but these details are done in ways that aren’t too precious or fussy. That’s because, next to comfort, this design style highly prioritized functionality. So, it’s necessary to bring in design elements that get at that functionality. This sideboard is a perfect example. It’s a functional storage item that has no major decorative elements or unnecessary details. But it has a traditional form that’s quite beautiful in its simplicity.

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What Is My Decorating Style? How to Discover Your Interior Design Style And Bring It to Life

When beginning to design a room in your home, one of the first steps is to land on your interior design style, as that will guide the rest of the decisions you make. Easier said than done, right? There are so many styles out there—and between Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with inspiration overload!

If you’re wondering, “What is my interior design style?” we’re here to help! Today, we’re breaking down the most popular interior design styles to help you get a sense of what’s out there and what your options are. But here’s the best part: You don’t have to choose just one interior design style! In fact, most people don’t gravitate toward one pure style. Rather, you’ll probably end up with a mix of a few styles which will create a look that is perfectly suited to you and your home!

Our magically accurate Modsy style quiz is also here to help. By answering a couple of questions, we can help you discover and hone in on your personal interior design style. Taking this quiz will also help our Modsy designers create a space that beautifully reflects your style and preferences if you opt to use our interior design packages.

But for now, we’ll dive in and break down the most popular styles in interior design so you never have to wonder, “What is my decorating style??” again!

Minimalist Interior Design Style

Minimalist design upholds the principle that form follows function and is guided by the idea that “less is more.” Minimalist interiors are generally void of decorative objects and have minimal amounts of furniture. What is present is often geometric in shape. This look is all about creating a space with what you need, and nothing more.

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Furniture and decor found in minimalist interiors are often made of raw, natural materials such as concrete, stone, marble, wood, and steel. Walls and surfaces usually have smooth and natural finishes. Color palettes tend to be muted, with lots of black, white, and grey. But a bold pop of a single color isn’t uncommon.

You know this is your style when…

You crave functionality and no-fuss spaces, and if you prefer architectural elements over decor.

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Mid-Century Modern Interior Design

Mid-Century Modern design has long been the “it” look in the interior design world. Inspired by mid-twentieth-century design, this style combines natural wood with bold colors. Furniture designed in this style has slightly whimsical and organic shapes that seem to cradle the body. They tend to have minimal ornament beyond the shape of the piece itself—something this style has in common with minimalism. However, unlike minimalism, Mid-Century Modern interiors have more of a focus on comfort.

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Part of the comfortable element of Mid-Century Modern spaces is their focus on natural wood (typically a blonde, walnut, or teak wood). However, you’ll also find tweed, leather, laminate, vinyl, and chrome. Furniture pieces often have hairpin or tapered legs and feature an organic approach to their shapes and forms. You can have a lot of fun with color in a Mid-Century Modern space, using colors like teal, red, orange, yellow, and green.

You know this is your style when…

You love slightly whimsical furniture designs that feature organic shapes and love a blast from the past!

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Industrial Interior Design Style

Industrial interior design is characterized by vintage decorative objects appropriate to warehouse or factory settings. Overall, industrial furniture and spaces will have a distressed feel to them. This style fits particularly well in lofts with exposed brick or ductwork, but it can also come to life in a space that’s not naturally architecturally industrial.

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Anything with a reclaimed vibe or a rugged patina is ideal in an industrial space. Materials used in industrial interior design tends to include metal, brick, distressed or reclaimed wood, concrete, and piping. Many finishes include raw or untreated materials, or materials that show signs of aging. And color schemes tend to follow this rugged vein, gravitating toward greys, blacks, and browns alongside wood and brick.

You know this is your style when…

You love old looks with rugged edges, or if you’re trendy and hip and have an urban vibe!

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Rustic or Farmhouse Interior Design Style

This is another incredibly popular design style. Rustic interior design celebrates the vintage charm of pre-industrial design styles for a look that is comfortable, warm, and inviting. It features traditional furniture made of natural, weathered wood, combined with simple accessories and one-of-a-kind pieces.

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The Key Elements:

Rustic spaces tend to feature a lot of texture and natural materials—like reclaimed wood, leather with a patina, linen, stone, brick, as well as sheepskin and natural fiber rugs! Furniture tends to have an antique or vintage-inspired flair, often with distressed finishes. Color palettes in rustic spaces tend to feature warm and neutral tones, along with plenty of beige.

You know this is your style when…

You love being home and relish that homey feeling. You may be a fan of Fixer Upper and Joanna Gaines, too!

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Eclectic or Boho Interior Design Style

Eclectic interior design features an approachable, informal mix of furnishings and decor from a wide variety of styles. This style often reflects a worldly collection of objects, combining bright colors and patterns and unexpected elements. It can come together in a million different ways—but it always ends up being a representation of the dweller’s life and personality.

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This is a style that feels organic and like it came together over a period of time. You’ll often find a mix of natural materials in eclectic or boho spaces—like jute, rattan, wicker, bamboo, and woven or embroidered pieces. And a fun mix of global-inspired or botanical patterns is a must. Eclectic spaces tend to feature a mix of bright or jewel-tone colors like red, yellow, pink, and green—along with plenty of bold natural greenery!

You know this is your style when…

You want your home to be a curated collection of your travels and experience! It’s bold and fun, just like you.

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Glam Interior Design Style

Glam interior design is a bold, dramatic, and often over-the-top style that mixes unexpected elements. But it can also be very refined. There are several ways you can style your glam space, the look always mixes patterns and pieces from a variety of different styles in order to create a luxurious and unique feel. Glam spaces feel formal and designed and often have many statement pieces and bold artwork.

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Decorative accents in a Glam space tend to be very ornamental, and furniture usually has detailed carvings or soft, curved frames. You’ll find materials  like velvet and fur in a glam space, along with metallics and mirrored surfaces. Animal prints and large-scale patterns are always at home in a Glam home, while color palettes can range from a high-contrast black and white palette to bold jewel tones or bright whites and pastels.

You know this is your style when…

You may be a bit over-the-top, and you like it. You just have a taste for the finer things in life!

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Contemporary or Transitional Interior Design Style

Contemporary (or transitional) interior design is a comfortable and approachable style that feels fresh and clean without being stark and minimal. This style often relies on balance and symmetry within the space and follows the more traditional “rules” for interior design. While it has an elegant, polished feel, it’s meant to be lived in with and still has plenty of style!

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The Key Elements:

Furniture in Contemporary spaces prioritize comfort, with cushions and upholstery that are plush and inviting, and featuring materials like velvet and suede. You’ll find ceramics, wood, glass, and mirrored surfaces throughout, which add to the visual mix of traditional and modern. As for color schemes, Contemporary spaces tend to feature plenty of neutrals, along with navy, yellow, and pops of other colors.

You know this is your style when…

You like order and style! You want an aesthetically pleasing space without being too trendy or too traditional.

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Traditional Interior Design Style

When you hear the word traditional, you might think formal and stuffy. But that’s not the case with today’s Traditional interior design! Rather, this is an understated and less-formal style that pulls inspiration from Colonial and Craftsman interiors. While it’s not particularly popular or on-trend, there’s a reason this style has stood the test of time!

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The Key Elements:

Spaces featuring Traditional interior design tend to include furniture with dark leather upholstery or muted woven patterns, along with dark wood furnishings with minimal ornamental details. Incorporating antiques in a Traditional space is a perfect way to add a unique element and an authentic vibe. A classic blue and white color palette is often found in Traditional spaces, but you can also gravitate toward earth tones or deeply saturated colors.

You know this is your style when…

You like the comfort of traditional things and don’t care about following trends!

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Classic Formal Interior Design Style

Interiors decorated with classic formal style have traditional elements and expected arrangements. It’s a style that relies on antique and heirloom pieces of furniture to create an elegant, formal feel to a space. This style takes inspiration from old-school French, Neoclassical, and Colonial design styles. Ultimately, it’s a look that is formal and elegant.

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Classic Formal interior design relies on European and American antiques (or replicas) in perfect condition—not distressed—to set the tone for the space. Wood furniture will tend to be in mahogany, ebony, or cherry finishes. This style also features tons of classic patterns, from damask and floral to chinoiserie and toile. These patterns are layered in furniture upholstery, drapery, and bedding. Throughout a classic formal space you’ll see rich tones of reds, blues, yellows, and greens.

You know this is your style when…

You like antiques and a classic, symmetrical feel.

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Coastal Interior Design Style

Coastal style is meant to evoke the breeziness of the beach. It’s a style that has a clean, soft, and natural aesthetic. Nothing should feel too stiff or ultra-formal; instead, coastal style is inviting and comfortable with lots of soft fabrics and cozy silhouettes.

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The Key Elements:

Spaces decorated with coastal style should feature tonal blues and crisp whites mixed with soft earth tones. You’ll find a variety of natural textures in Coastal spaces—like jute, seagrass, driftwood, linen, wicker, and rattan. Wood tones should be light in color, like blonde maple or ash. Whitewashed wood and slipcovered furniture are also common in coastal spaces. A few beachy accessories like seashells, glass bottles, woven baskets are great, but too many and the space will start to feel kitschy and overly thematic.

You know this is your style when…

You like the easy and breezy feeling of being near the water. This style feels like a forever vacation in your home!

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Want to hear a few of our style experts talk more about these styles? Queue up the first episode of our podcast, The Render, to get some in-depth insights on all of these styles and learn to spot them in the wild with fun examples from popular movies and TV shows! Find our podcast here.

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Americana Design: 3 Fresh Takes on this Interior Design Style

When you think of Americana design, you might just think of Fourth of July-inspired stars and stripes. But there are actually many ways for this look to come to life—and some don’t even include red, white, and blue! But, no matter what way you approach it, there’s always a sense of timelessness and comfort to this style.

Made up of many classic design elements, Americana design celebrates the bright spots of our country’s cultural heritage, along with some of its history, folklore, and geography. Like our diverse country, Americana design embodies the many different backgrounds, experiences, and preferences of the people who use it. While one Americana room might lean very traditional and coastal, another is eclectic or industrial! What it always comes back to are the timeless designs and vintage influences that give this style a sense of nostalgia and causal approachability.

The History of Americana Design

Throughout our country’s history, the idea of Americana design has morphed and changed. In 1876, when America celebrated its centennial, people looked toward the early days of the country for design inspiration. Colonial styles, including woven baskets, hooked rugs, and Federal-style furniture, became popular again. In the 1920s and 1930s, Americana styles included bucolic prints and patterns and linoleum tiles stamped with Colonial-inspired brick patterns. By the 1970s and 1980s, Americana design was defined by the collecting of old signs and historic artifacts of the decades past. Replica designs for Route 66 signs and old gas station pumps began to pop up to play into this nostalgia.

In today’s Americana design, you can see mixed influences from all of these eras—including the historic and iconic Arts and Crafts design movement. This design style, which took off after the Industrial Revolution, was born out of a rejection of the fussy, overwrought style of the Victorian era. So, this style instead embraces simplicity and the natural beauty and traditional, artisanal craftsmanship of furniture and architecture. The simplicity of Arts and Crafts design comes through in Americana design, which celebrates livable, approachable spaces with rustic woodwork and traditional interior design ideas and elements.

Want to learn more about decorating with Americana design and see this look come to life? Tour our three takes on Americana living room design ideas and decide which one is right for you!

Americana designClassic Americana Style

As you can tell by its name, this is your everyday Americana decorating style, brought to life through a red, white, and blue color palette and the use of flags and stripes as decor. This is likely the type of room that comes to mind when you think of an Americana theme in your home. It has that classic, traditional-but-timeless vibe to it, with nods to the simplicity of days gone by. And, while it feels particularly fresh and relevant in the summer months, it’s a style that can be used and celebrated year-round.

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Americana designA neutral color palette makes this living room a bright, cozy, and inviting space, while varying shades of red and blue are used as accents to make the design pop. With a focus on comfort and livability, this is definitely a family-friendly approach to Americana decorating. (Even with a white sofa! Many parents swear by white slipcovers, which you can just bleach in the wash and keep it sparkling clean!)

You’ll notice rustic design influence throughout Classic Americana homes, with raw and natural wood tones and textures, along with various natural fibers, like the linen sofa slipcover and the jute rug. A room like this also demands some nature-inspired touches, like using greenery as decor, along with simple, everyday items like apples on the coffee table and wood in the fireplace.

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Along with rustic elements, Classic Americana design also has noticeable coastal interior design influences—of the Nantucket and Cape Cod variety, specifically. You see that in the use of furniture with caning, the natural materials throughout, and the white and light blue color palette, especially in the striped pillows. The room above even has some subtle nautical touches, like  the art prints on the built-in shelves.

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Americana designClassic Colonial Americana: AKA Grand Millennial

The most unexpected Americana decorating style of the bunch, Grand Millennial is a very particular brand of Americana style. With some serious Colonial American vibes, it definitely leans formal and classical in its design influences. You’ll see that come through in dark wood furniture, woven textures, and ornate decor—like the scalloped mirror in the living room design above, or the brass accents throughout.

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Americana designBut, where this style steps out of Colonial Americana and into Grand Millennial is with the colors and patterns. Florals are a big part of the Grand Millennial look, along with other vintage-inspired patterns, like chinoiserie, toile, or the wallpaper used in this room.

Grand Millennial Americana has a collected but polished look, and celebrates a thrifted or vintage vibe. Trinkets like a scottie dog figurine, small vintage paintings, and other collected objects give this style curated eclecticism. Stylize these decorative objects on a bookcase or console to really show off your collections!

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Ultimately, Grand Millennial Americana decorating is all about the mix of old with new. Along with decorative objects, think about the furniture as well. So, a chesterfield sofa with modern blue velvet upholstery, or a vintage-inspired coffee table with modern design elements.

And speaking of furniture, in a Grand Millennial living room, opt for sophisticated seating. Go for a comfortable but conversational set-up, where you can enjoy reading or afternoon tea just as much as conversation with friends! As for a color palette, pastels rule in Grand Millennial design. But make sure to incorporate pops of bright colors for a new millennial vibe!

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Americana designIndustrial Americana

As the name Industrial Americana implies, this style has some major industrial interior design influences. It’s ideal if you can use the architecture of your space as a foundation for this style—whether that’s high ceilings, brick walls, or exposed ductwork. Anything that gives off an industrial and rugged feel.

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Americana designThen, use natural materials used in a bold way to help your Industrial Americana designs come to life. In the living room above, we did this through an overstuffed leather chesterfield sofa and club chair, along with a mixed material coffee table and a metal bookcase. An edison bulb and piping floor lamp, along with other rustic metals throughout the space, add to the industrial vibe.

Overall, Industrial Americana decorating is very utilitarian. But it has a more sophisticated spin with the leather furniture, color palette, and decorative objects, which give it a bit of a cigar lounge vibe. But what places this style in the Americana camp rather than being strictly industrial is both the focus on comfort and the color palette.

While the room above has a darker color palette, which mostly comes from the natural materials throughout, classic American hues are used in a subtle and traditional way. This faded vintage-inspired rug infuses red, white, and blue into the space in an unexpected way, and you’ll also notice those colors in traditional patterns in the throw pillows.

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Americana designThe decor also has that folksy, collected Americana vibe in a way that is simple but rugged. In the living room above, we achieved this through pieces like a wood-carved ram head, iron dice, a vintage car, globe, maps, vintage prints, a vintage-style clock—all of which subtly speak to American ingenuity and exploration.

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Tour This Dream Home Designed In a New Take on Traditional Interior Design

We’ve got some news: traditional interior design is coming back into the mainstream. While the mid-century modern design style has been popular for quite some time, its place at the forefront of popular interior design might be fading just a bit. Why? In these unstable times, it seems we’re looking for comfort in the familiar. And what better way to soothe our collective anxiety than returning to a familiar interior design style at home. The traditional style interior design many of us saw in our parents’ or grandparents’ homes feel safe, comforting, and stable—especially during a season with so much uncertainty.

traditional interior designWhat is traditional interior design?

When you think of traditional design, you might think of your grandma’s house—where the dining room table was always set for guests, the furniture was fancy, and you definitely were not allowed to put your feet on the sofa. Or maybe your mind wanders toward the more simple, colonial take on traditional, as seen in the Hamilton set design. Or perhaps you’re a Nancy Meyers fan, and you think of the dreamy homes featured in her movies—think the interior design style featured in films like It’s Complicated to Something’s Gotta Give and Father of the Bride.

Traditional design comes to life in many different ways, but it’s all generally based on colonial or craftsman interior design styles. With these humble roots, it has an understated look despite the sometimes-formal design elements it features. It’s all about approachability and livability, with a focus on materials and forms that celebrate the skill of the craftsman. In homes with a traditional interior design style, you’ll see a lot of wood, dark leather, soft fabrics, and furniture with minimal ornamentation.

And though traditional home decor can seem somewhat predictable, it doesn’t have to be cookie-cutter. Traditional style rooms often include antique furniture and decor pieces—which actually allows you to incorporate some really unique elements into your home.

There’s a reason that traditional interior design is considered classic and timeless—as its influences come all the way back from our country’s beginnings. But that doesn’t mean the result is a dated look.

traditional interior designIntroducing New Traditional: A New Take on an Old Design Style

In fact, today, we’re focusing on “New Traditional”—aka a slightly more streamlined and updated version of traditional interior design that’s ready to take on mid-century modern as the new trendy style on the block. While New Traditional, of course, features traditional design elements, it also has hints of trendy style updates. We’ve dreamed up a home that brings this style to life and is filled with tons of New Traditional interior design ideas you can steal. So, settle in and enjoy this home tour of our new favorite take on a traditional style!

traditional interior designThe New Traditional Entryway

Dark walls and organic decorative accents set the tone for this traditional entryway design—not to mention the rest of the home. While it’s certainly grounded in the traditional, with the shapes and wood tones of the furniture, this entryway hints at the modern twists that you’ll find throughout this New Traditional home.

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The Key Elements:

Paint an accent wall. Accent walls create a visual “moment” and are a fun, modern way to define a focal point. Instead of the light neutrals that you might find in most traditional spaces, a pop of dark paint gives these traditional furniture pieces a modern edge.

Use warm, dark wood tones. Opt for furniture in warm, dark woods. This console table has such a rich finish and adds depth to the space. It’s a great way to make a decidedly traditional first impression!

Add hints of antiques. When you think of New Traditional design, you may think of something a bit more modern. But this style is also a great place to add antique furniture pieces for a pop of something unique. Here, we’ve added an antique chair, which pairs beautifully with the traditional console.

traditional interior designThe New Traditional Living Room

Traditional style living rooms tend to lean more formal in their layouts, but you’ll notice that this one still feels cozy and inviting. This space is perfect for curling up with a book, shared conversations, or—thanks to the two seating zones—a little of both.

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The Key Elements:

Use traditional shapes and materials. When it comes to the living room design, go with classic pieces of traditional furniture—like wingback armchairs, roll-arm sofas, and a traditional floral-motif rug. Throughout this living room, you’ll also notice accents of wood and metal that feel traditional and “heavy”—but not overbearing. All of these elements help ground the space, giving it an inviting vibe. But you can add a modern twist with patterns in the upholstery, like the chairs in this design.

Create zones. We love the idea of creating two “zones” within one living space. Above, you’ll notice there’s the formal living area, but there’s also another conversation area by the fireplace for more intimate chats.

Go classic with a blue and white color palette. Blue is calming and serene. And paired with whites and creams? Absolutely classic. So, incorporate it throughout your traditional living room design. A rug is the perfect place to ground a color palette—but add pops throughout the other upholstery and decorative accents like we did here in the chairs and pillows.

traditional interior designThe New Traditional Dining Room

On tonight’s menu: dining in traditional style! In this design we paired a traditional, rustic table with slipcovered end chairs along with traditional ladder dining chairs on the sides of the table. But a deep red wall, the light fixture, and an eclectic rug give this traditional dining room an updated vibe. It’s the perfect mix of old and new.

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The Key Elements:

Opt for an updated traditional rug. While this rug leans traditional in the overall pattern, it has a more eclectic take in both the color tones and the way the pattern comes to life. This leans into the “new” element of New Traditional design.

Install an industrial light fixture. While this light fixture has the traditional-inspired candle lights, the shape and material lean more industrial. This gives a modern edge to the traditional design scheme.

Mix formal and casual. This dining room features some very formal slipcovered chairs on either end of the table. But, in between, is a much more casual dining chair style. While both of these dining chairs fall into the traditional camp, mixing them together gives a pleasant high-low feel to this space.

traditional interior designThe New Traditional Bedroom

This bedroom is beautifully American Traditional—but it definitely has moments that celebrate that “new” take on traditional, too. You’ll notice those updated elements in the shape and finish of the spindle bed, as well as the use of two stools rather than a bench at the end of the bed. The result? A cozy, inviting, traditional bedroom design, perfect for relaxing at the beginning and end of each day!

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The Key Elements:

Go symmetrical. To ground this look in the comfortable predictability of traditional design, go for a symmetrical layout. But add an unexpected twist by opting for more modern industrial sconces rather than traditional bedside table lamps.

Mix patterns. Traditional checkered pillows pair with striped shams behind and a more modern pattern in the lumbar pillow. All of these are paired with a vintage-inspired washed out rug in a traditional pattern, creating a dynamic, layered look in the bedroom design.

Add an unexpected element. Putting a bench at the end of the bed would be a very traditional design move. But, to off-set the American Traditional vibe of this bedroom, we added in a slightly unexpected element by opting for leather and wood stools instead!

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Get Your Traditional Design Fix With These 12 Traditional Bedroom Designs

If you are looking for bedroom designs for the master bedroom in your home, you’ve probably come across every kind of style imaginable! Bedroom designs can be country chic, sleek and modern, contemporary and cool—name your tastes and you can whip up a design to match. A lot of people opt for modern bedroom designs because they are minimalist and serene—but they can also feel a little harsh if they are too sleek. If modern isn’t your cup of tea, maybe a traditional bedroom style is more up your alley!

Traditional design has withstood the test of time. It’s a style that mixes in more classic designs with vintage or antique appeal. Traditional bedroom designs have remained popular for decades—and for good reason! It’s a versatile, classic and elegant look that never goes out of fashion. Read on to get inspired by these 12 traditional bedroom designs!

 traditional bedroom stylePurely Traditional

Sometimes the timeless quality of pure traditional bedroom designs can speak for themselves.

This room has all the classic features and a refined atmosphere of traditional style. The design has lots of traditional decorating detail, including the four-poster bed, wrought iron details on the cabinet, a rattan wingback chair, and a spindle leg pedestal table. And the earthy palette with a few pops of color gives this transitional bedroom just the right amount of personality.

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 traditional bedroom styleRustic Warmth

This master bedroom mixes up rustic and traditional style for a perfect balance of warmth and elegance. Natural materials, like wood, jute, and cane, create a cozy atmosphere and elegant appointments like the lamps, chandelier and wall art keep it classy. Traditional bedroom designs benefit from added touches like the undertones of green in this neutral palette. The light colors help keep the room feeling cheery and fresh.

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 traditional bedroom styleClean and Traditional

Traditional bedroom designs mixed with transitional touches are perfect for a master bedroom that’s livable and elegant at the same time. This bedroom has a mix of ornate (tufted pieces) and uncomplicated finishes (modern end tables). The pared-back style feels clean and concise with a few classical touches. The botanical wall-art has apothecary vibes and traditional appeal. It’s a super relaxed traditional bedroom design thanks to blue-gray walls and stately earth tones.

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 traditional bedroom styleTraditional Contemporary

Traditional bedroom designs also work well with contemporary elements. The overall look is familiar and relaxed, and the asymmetrical layout makes foundational furniture feel more approachable. Furniture is traditional and contemporary at the same time and it creates a subdued look—great for getting some restful sleep. The headboard has a traditional silhouette but the upholstered platform and smooth finishes are very contemporary. The bright blue pops of color pull this style together and make the whole decorating scheme feel crisp and refreshing.

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Traditional Eclectic

We love this traditional bedroom design with an eclectic vibe! There’s a collected feel to the styling that makes it extra charming and cozy and the gallery wall offers an exciting mix of colors and patterns. The design blends a variety of materials like wicker, natural wood, metal and cowhide and dark earth tone accents tie all the different design elements together!

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Cozy Traditional

If you’re into contemporary furniture, but still love traditional bedroom designs, try combining both! Pairing these two looks creates approachable tranquility with an inviting, airy atmosphere. Bright and crisp materials like natural wood, brass, and cowhide look great with the lively pops of blue and camel. This bedroom design has plenty of lighting, also, adding to the brightness of space.

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Modern Traditional

Mixing up traditional bedroom designs with modern elements immediately creates a lively and familiar look. More casual than a pure traditional bedroom style, this master bedroom is the perfect space to enjoy a relaxing evening and get a good night’s sleep. The design features an inviting mix of pattern and detail—the modern geometric pillows and wall art fit right in with traditional feeling tufted headboard and rug. And the subtle pale gray tones are super zen and invigorating pops of yellow and earth red help to warm up this design and make it more inviting.

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Modern Rustic Traditional

Modern Rustic is one of our favorite styles to mix with traditional bedroom designs. It creates an approachable, relaxed yet dignified atmosphere, great for a cozy sleeping space and for lazy Sunday mornings in bed. Natural and industrial materials like wood, linen, metal blend perfectly with distinguished dark earth tones for a seamless design. And the formal, symmetrical layout gives this room a stately vibe.

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Classic Elegance

If you want a master bedroom design with plenty of refined femininity, this blend of classic elegance and traditional style might be just the right thing! These design styles together create a sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for dreamy bedroom designs. Luxe materials and patterns like velvet, glass, gold-leaf, toile create a soft, feminine look and the pleasant blue-grays and gold accents add refined quality to the design.

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Traditional Farmhouse

For the ultimate in relaxed refinement, add a little farmhouse flair to traditional bedroom designs. This bedroom starts with cozy reupholstered foundational furniture to create a luxurious traditional style. And the mix of “crafty” DIY farmhouse accents and traditional touches lend a more casual atmosphere overall. Plus, we love how well the refreshing blue-grays and greens compliment the soft pink and ivory palette.

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Transitional Meets Traditional

For another take on traditional bedroom designs with a transitional spin, this room blends elements of both to achieve a kind-of everyday elegance! The sumptuous earth tones and crisp black and white linens work together to create a stately but understated atmosphere. Dynamic and distinguished patterns keep traditional bedroom designs like this from feeling too sterile—we love how the marbling, floral, and geometric designs blend together!

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Rustic Traditional

Traditional bedroom designs can be pretty prim and proper, so if you want a more welcoming vibe, rustic design elements almost always do the trick. This bedroom design is both polished and welcoming with a mix of cozy and polished materials and finishes. Metal, linen, glass, and distressed wood create a cozy, casual atmosphere and the neutral color scheme with pops of gold add an elevated touch.

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These 7 Traditional Dining Rooms are Making Us Re-Think Our Mid-Century Obsession

Mid-century modern and eclectic styles have been trending for a while—but they’re not for everyone. If you don’t love the look of modern designs, you’re in luck. Because lately we’ve been seeing traditional and classic designs come back into the spotlight!

One area, specifically, where traditional and classic interior design elements are being embraced are in dining rooms. While many open-concept homes have done away with formal dining rooms in favor of open living rooms/dining rooms, they’re far from out of style. In fact, here at Modsy we’ve recently seen a rise in formal dining room designs! While super formal dining rooms were definitely out of vogue for a while, people are returning to them, with the desire to have a nice, dedicated space to gather around the table for meals.

What is traditional interior design style?

So, let’s dig a little deeper. What is traditional style? Well, it actually encompasses several different sub-categories of interior design—including rustic, classic formal, and American traditional.

Rustic design celebrates the vintage charm of pre-industrial design styles. Some of the traditional features you’ll notice in rustic styles are natural, weathered wood combined with simple accessories, architectural fragments, or one-of-a-kind pieces. Overall, this style is comfortable, warm, and inviting.

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Classic formal relies more on antique and heirloom pieces of furniture to create an elegant, formal feel to the space. Classic formal interiors have traditional elements and expected furniture arrangements and layouts. The patterns you’ll find in these spaces are classical, like damask, floral, chinoiserie, and toile, and you’ll find them layered in furniture upholstery, drapery, and bedding.

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On the other end of the spectrum, American traditional design is a bit understated and a less formal style than other traditional options. It’s based on an older American style that pulls inspiration from colonial and craftsman interiors. In these spaces, you’ll find dark leather and upholstery or muted, woven patterns, along with dark wood furnishing with minimal ornamental details.

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We love that there are so many different approaches to traditional, so you can find the design sub-set that best suits your style! Want to get the look of a traditional dining room in your own home? Keep reading for seven ways to bring a traditional dining room to life!

The Style: Rustic Warmth

Rustic Warmth gives you rustic-traditional vibes with some contemporary design elements. It’s a cozy but clean look that’s an approachable, practical take on rustic-traditional style.

The Key Elements

This style is full of traditional dining room elements—like the slipcovered and spindle chairs and the trestle table. But the contemporary nod comes in with the streamlined forms of the furniture. However, the rustic materials and natural textures keep this look decidedly grounded in the traditional sphere, featuring textures from rugged wood and chunky jute to linen and antiqued metals. As for the color palette, you’ll see a lot of high-contrast neturals—which keeps this space cozy but enlivened.

It’s perfect for…

Families, since the dining table and chairs are all solid and approachable. It’s also great if you like a hint of those rustic-traditional vibes but want a more contemporary approach.

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The Style: Farmhouse Chic

Rustic and glam elements combine to create this farmhouse chic look. It’s an interior design style that’s fresh and feminine but has plenty of cozy vibes, with some definite hints of luxury throughout.

The Key Elements

Farmhouse chic relies on traditional shapes in the furniture—like wingback dining chairs and this ornate pedestal dining table. But the mix of materials is both chic and rustic, from the weathered and distressed woods to velvet, brass, and decorative nailheads. There’s also a variety of natural materials in this space, with pops of jute, seagrass, and linen. The color palette is neutral and muted, but features pops of pastel pinks, blues, and yellows to warm it up—as does the natural light flooding into this room. And with those colors comes an eclectic mix of patterns, which gives this dining area a playful edge.

It’s perfect for…

Those who love both cozy and glam styles. They may be seemingly opposite design tastes, but this room is proof that they can co-exist. In a similar vein, it’s also perfect for those who like a little luxury but also want some countryside charm.

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The Style: Timeless Traditional

This look is where traditional design and classic formal elegance meet, for a look that’s timeless and traditional. This style has a stately, formal air, giving a sense of history to the spaces it’s in. We love that it creates a livable yet polished space.

The Key Elements

Key to the timeless traditional style is choosing foundational furniture for your dining area that are in traditional or classic formal styles. You can include a lot of antiques in this style—now is the time to choose pieces with great history or interesting stories of origin. Furniture in timeless, traditional dining rooms should be in dark wood tones or even black, and will feature ornate carved details—like spindles and fluted bases (peek this petite dining table). In this type of formal space, you’ll want to go with expected, traditional layouts. A statement chandelier helps create a focal point in the space. And, for any pops of colors and patterns, keep it traditional with damask, toile, chinoiserie, and oriental rugs.

It’s perfect for…

Anyone who loves a space with timeless appeal and antique elements. This one goes out to everyone who isn’t a fan of sleek, modern spaces.

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The Style: Refined Rustic

Classic and rustic styles combine to create refined rustic. Formal styling and elegant design elements keep this look in the traditional camp, with a timeless air. But this style also carries a sense of history with its smattering of vintage touches—while still being livable and warm.

The Key Elements

This style relies on rustic materials and shapes. For a dining area, think a distressed farmhouse dining table, slipcovered chairs, an antiqued oriental rug, and spindle dining chairs. As for the layout, you’ll notice that this style tends toward the formal, traditional dining room layout that’s symmetrical and expected—giving a sense of order and curation to the space (peek this guide to learn all about dining room layouts). You can finish off this look with vintage touches, like an antique-style mirror or a vintage-inspired chandelier. An added element that helps this style shine? Tons of natural light.

It’s perfect for…

Lovers of vintage spaces who gravitate toward classic, formal polish that’s warmed up with rustic elements.

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The Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

Classic formal design is softened with transitional and contemporary design elements. While, overall, this style has classic undertones, you’ll notice a more contemporary approach to finishing touches.

The Key Elements

The contemporary connoisseur look relies on classic foundations—like formal chairs, elegant accessories (like the chandelier, mirror, and sconces), traditional patterns, and a symmetrical layout. However, none of these pieces are full-on classic; rather, they all have slightly toned-down aesthetics. In this traditional dining room, you see this in the muted color palette and the streamlined captain chairs at either end of the table, both of which make this space more approachable. However, the soft, neutral color palette also features some pops of blues to add a cheery vibe to the space and is punctuated by pops of dark metal, which add a slightly contemporary air.

It’s perfect for…

Someone who wants a classic look but wants it to still feel approachable.

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The Style: Vintage Farmhouse

Vintage Farmhouse design is a mix of American traditional and rustic design elements. The traditional side is based on the older American style we mentioned earlier, which pulls inspiration from colonial and craftsman interiors. While American traditional is a very—you guessed it—traditional style that’s not necessarily “on-trend,” it’s still one of our favorites. It has stood the test of time for good reason. This is one of the more “masculine” approaches to traditional style and effortlessly pairs rustic touches with formal shapes and stately antiques.

The Key Elements

With vintage farmhouse design, you’ll often see dark upholstery, leather, and dark wood furnishings that have minimal ornamental details. In this traditional dining area, we opted for a small, round dining table to give it a more intimate vibe. Meanwhile, the blue wingback chairs are polished, stately, and have a formal air. Subtle pops of patterns found in the art, the ginger jar in the corner, and the texture on the rug drive home that vintage feeling—as does the dreamy color combo of blues and neutrals found in those patterns and throughout the dining room. Rustic materials come through in the distressed wood dining table and the antique metal chandelier.

It’s perfect for…

Those who want to fill their home with a sense of history with antique and vintage elements but still want to keep ornamentation to a minimum.

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The Style: Comfortably Classic

Classic formal is mixed with a bit of charm in this comfortably classic design. This style features a rustic sense of warmth and coziness, with a contemporary ease and approach to styling.

The Key Elements

Rustic materials are foundational to comfortably classic design. In this space, that means a distressed rug, an antique table, and distressed wood window frames-turned-mirror. However, the linen dining chairs add a crisp, clean vibe and their shapes add a contemporary flair. The relaxed arrangement feels more welcoming and family-friendly than other traditional dining room designs—and the swap of chairs on one side for a bench only adds to this feeling. (A bench is also great if you don’t want little ones near white upholstered chairs!) Finally, plants bring this space to life and add a welcome pop of green and texture!

It’s perfect for…

Those who want a classic space that’s still family-friendly, livable, and welcoming.

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Creating an Entryway Inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy’s Blue Room

An elegant space, Jacqueline Kennedy’s 1962 Blue Room is as much a piece of history as an icon of interior design.

If you love the look of American traditional interiors, or if you want to imbue your space with some Kennedy-esque elegance, read on to learn how you can style your home like Jacqueline Kennedy’s Blue Room.

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How to get Jacqueline Kennedy’s Blue Room look:

 

1. Start with a Traditional Base

Jacqueline began her work in the Blue Room with an old and worn console table. This was the first authentic piece of furniture she restored for the project.

  • Recreate the look with a piece that has the same traditional elements. We opted for the fluted legs and simple carved wood of the Antiqued Gustavian Console (Wisteria).

Jacqueline wanted to use only authentic period pieces in her renovations. Alongside the console table, she placed blue and gold chairs that were originally ordered by President Monroe for the White House in 1818.

  • We couldn’t find any 19th century chairs at a reasonable price, so we looked for pieces that evoked the same classic formal elegance. The Bixby Chair (Anthropologie) feels stately, while the velvet gives it a modern edge.

2. Create Your Color Palette

The pairing of cream and blue was Jackie’s color palette of choice for the Blue Room. She covered her walls in cream satin and used blue silk for the window treatments.

  • You can update the look by choosing a modern wallpaper with the same colors. We love Anthropologie’s For The Trees Wallpaper in stone.
  • Bring the blue with some statement drapes. We picked indigo to give our space a little drama. Try the Belgian Textured Linen Drapery from Restoration Hardware.

3. Add Elegant Accessories

Gold accents are the final piece of the puzzle. These will give your space a touch of presidential grandeur.

  • Chose updated or whimsical pieces to keep the look from feeling overly stuffy. We can’t keep our eyes off that Golden Deer Mirror from Wisteria.
Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue Room

Photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy’s restored Blue Room, 1962, via White House Historical Association

 

In 1961 Jacqueline began her effort to transform a shabby White House into a venue that would accurately showcase America’s cultural heritage with pride.

Our heroine pushed congress to pass legislation which allowed her to hire a full-time curator and designated the White House as an official museum.

Knowing the importance of scholarship, Jacqueline created a White House that celebrated a historical past alongside the progress of current and future administrations.

Check out a few of our interior projects inspired by other leading ladies.