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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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10 Rooms That Prove Traditional Interior Design Is Anything But Old-Fashioned

Traditional interior design is a timeless style that incorporates more formal design elements. It’s what you might think of as old-fashioned, but more like a posh old library than grandma’s formal living room design style.

What is Traditional Style Interior Design?

Traditional design is an understated, less-formal style based off of an older American design. Traditional interiors pull elements from Colonial and Craftsman design and offer a humbler, more understated approach to design. These spaces feature materials like leather upholstery with a rich patina, muted or woven patterns, and dark wood furnishings with minimal ornamentation. Traditional interior design is definitely less of a “trendy” style, but that doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful! You’ll often see traditional interior design elements paired with other styles to give them an elevated, elegant look.

If you’re interested in traditional interior design ideas, explore these rooms designed in traditional style and learn how to get the look!

traditional interior designThe Style: Updated Traditional

This traditional style bedroom design blends furniture and decor from both contemporary and traditional interior design styles. To get this look, start with a classic color palette, like neutrals, warm woods, and pale greys. Then, incorporate a few pops of traditional patterns, as you see in the rug, bed linens, and floral wall prints. Keep the styling classic and sophisticated, not super busy. And opt for upholstered furniture like the leather bench and tufted headboard. For a contemporary spin, use traditional woods but in sleeker form—like this nightstand and dresser combo.

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traditional interior designThe Style: Traditional Collector

We love how this bedroom blends traditional interior design with an eclectic style for a cool, curated look. To get this design style in your space, be sure to use plenty of saturated earthy colors, like navy, ochre, and sand—they look great with the traditional style rug and the spindle bed (an iconic piece of traditional furniture). The casual gallery wall with traditional art pieces is a great way to blend these two design style ideas together. And the use of classic woven baskets and layered decor helps further tie the two looks together. For an even more eclectic spin, add layers of texture and color to your design. This will help your space pop with personality!

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traditional interior designThe Style: Timeless Traditional

This bedroom does a great job of blending classic and traditional interior design into a rich yet approachable space. To get this look, start with a neutral palette and add pops of muted primary colors. Traditional patterns like the wallpaper and Persian style rug help give this room that timeless look, along with elegant forms like the Louis Cane Back dining chair stationed at the desk. Keep the styling polished with finishes like brass, glass objects, and floral arrangements. And for an extra classic spin, keep the space clutter-free and purposeful—no superfluous furniture pieces here. There’s a mix of timeless and antique decor that fits perfectly into a traditional design. We love how this pared-down look gives off an air of luxury but remains minimalist and uncluttered so you can relax into a peaceful space steeped in tradition.

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traditional interior designThe Style: Stately Traditional

We love this very straightforward traditional design scheme that’s both elevated and elegant. Start with a black and white color palette that’s warmed up with wood tones, staying in line with traditional interior design style choices. The classic secretary style desk gives the room a polished look and there are various types of storage furniture pieces that give the space a true “study” look. Don’t forget, traditional interior design is known for its use of classic stylings like the books and stately office items, so incorporate them into your interior. Traditional style is great for offices, libraries, and studies because it offers a great place to show off your posh tastes and belongings!

Designer Tip: Add some greenery for a lively and organic touch!

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traditional interior designThe Style: Formal Traditional

This blend of classic and traditional interior design is pure luxury and sophistication. The space uses neutral colors with pops of black for contrast—a daring look that stays in line with classic rules of design. The antique brass details add a classic touch, while the styling on the bookshelf is elegant, simple, and perfectly balanced. The symmetrical layout gives it a formal and sophisticated feel to the interior, perfect for those who like posh styling but still want a living room you can actually feel comfortable having guests relax in.

Designer Tip: Opt for furniture with ornately carved legs or ball-and-claw feet for a truly classic look.

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traditional interior designThe Style: Traditional With a Coastal Spin

To get this traditional look, start with a neutral color palette—we love the use of soft pinks, beiges, and browns here. Then add in bright pops of colors like blue or green for contrast and personality. The carved wood tables add a classic spin but also feel coastal due to their weathered texture. The conversational layout fits with a traditional interior design style but is also casual and comfortable. And the blue console tables injects a fun and lively feel into the space. For a coastal spin, add natural materials like jute, rattan, sisal, seagrass, and even rope! It’s a great way to create a polished look while still getting the feel of a beachy breeze inside your home.

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traditional interior designThe Style: Vintage Farmhouse

This dining room offers an elegant take on traditional design with some rustic farmhouse upgrades. It uses a high-contrast color palette with dark greys, blacks, and whites to set the stage. The colors are cohesive, even though they are different styles, so they blend together well. Here, the traditional style furniture has rustic finishes, like the natural and weathered materials, to push the look more farmhouse than formal. Opt for a more formal layout to keep your space in line with a traditional style. This look is great if you love a cozy, farmhouse feel but want a more elevated look.

Designer Tip: Wall color creates drama! Try dark colors, like this moody shade of grey, to give traditional interior design a unique twist.

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traditional interior designThe Style: Updated Traditional

This living room pairs a mix of transitional and traditional design elements to get a totally unique look. To get this vibe in your space, start with a classic blue and white color palette and warm it up with rich wood tones. We also love how this room uses traditional design patterns, like the rug, mixed in with transitional furniture, like the sectional and coffee table, to create an updated version of traditional interior design. All in all, it’s formal but comfy and casual. For a contemporary spin, use traditional wood tones with more modern forms, like the funky coffee table. This is a great look for those who like a cool, calming vibe for the living room with an air of sophistication.

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The Style: Urban Traditional

For a cool, calming take on traditional design, try blending in some industrial elements, as seen in this swanky living room. This style uses a darker, muted palette with plenty of pops of dark blue and green. Traditional patterns like the rug mixed with solid leather upholstery help maintain the formal, sophisticated look. And classic pieces, like the parquet coffee table and tufted leather bench, offer a traditional vibe with an industrial twist. This look is great for those who love traditional design elements but want a more modern, minimalist take on the look.

Designer Tip: Keep your styling simple so the furniture can be the star of the interior.

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traditional interior designThe Style: Traditional Elegance

This traditional dining room does a great job pairing classic and traditional interior design to create a look that’s elegant but still soft and welcoming. The blue-grey color palette with lots of whites and creams creates an inviting and serene atmosphere. The antique metal chandelier adds and antique/classic feel and the signature Louis cane back dining chair adds extra elegance. The room has a formal vibe with the floral centerpiece and symmetrical layout, making it a great dining room for entertaining guests. It’s just sophisticated enough to make any gathering feel formal, but you can also dress down the styling to make it feel just right for family dinners.

Designer Tip: To keep it a bit more casual feel, opt for weathered wood instead of dark polished wood pieces.

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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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