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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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Everything You Need to Know About Designing With Antiques in Modern Spaces

We’ve got some news: antiques are rising in popularity. Mid-century modern has been the trendy, vintage-inspired style on the block for a long time. But recently, traditional design has been re-entering the spotlight, as more people are looking for comfort in the familiar. And, along with a resurgence of traditional design has come a renewed interest in antique furniture!

So many people have antique furniture passed down to them and have no idea how to incorporate pieces into their homes. So they put them in the garage to collect dust. Or they place them in a random corner of the house, hoping nobody will notice how out of place it looks. But we say it’s time to embrace—and perhaps even seek out—antique furniture in your home! They add story and character to your home, plus give you something unique that you can’t just go out and buy from any old store!

Aside from being a unique piece of furniture, antiques also have a sustainability component that resonates with a lot of people. Since these pieces have already been produced and are still in use, they have a much smaller carbon footprint than brand-new furniture. And they also tend to be more affordable than a lot of new furniture. Of course, it depends on the piece, but in general, since antiques are less popular, prices are lower. And, considering the age of antique furniture, you can feel confident in the quality with which they were made. These are pieces you wont’ need to replace in a few years, which adds to antique furniture’s element of sustainability.

Want to learn more about antiques? Get the scoop on why antiques are making a comeback with Modsy’s podcast, The Render. Listen here.

For reference, antiques are generally defined as objects 100 years old, or older. Meanwhile, anything more than 20 years old is considered vintage. But decorating and designing your home with antique and vintage pieces alike are all about adding storied furniture and objects into your home, blending old-world design with the new and modern.

Ok, so maybe we’ve now convinced you of the glories of decorating with antiques. Yay! But now you’re probably wondering: How do I actually do it?? How do you bring old pieces into a modern home without things looking museum-like or wildly mis-matched? Trust us, just because you like antiques doesn’t mean you have to go full-throttle Emily Gilmore in your decor. There are so many ways to incorporate antique pieces into more modern or contemporary spaces. Our Modsy designers can help you figure out how to incorporate specific antique pieces into your home’s design. But you can also keep reading for examples of interior design with antique furniture in modern spaces, along with tips for decorating with antique furniture!

Layer Antiques With Contemporary Decor

One of the more interesting and eclectic ways to incorporate antiques into your home? Mixing them with contemporary decor. By layering multiple styles together, you create a mix that feels unique and where you almost lose track of what’s new and what’s not. It helps create a look of a home that’s collected over time, versus something cookie-cutter that came straight out of a catalogue.

In this room, the dresser is the piece of antique furniture—but both the bench and the bed maintain a contemporary traditional flair. Brand-new dressers can be quite an investment, so we love the idea of using an antique dresser—whether one that was handed down to you or that you bought second-hand—to save money without skimping on style. The gallery wall above the dresser, along with the bold stripes of the bench, helps add to that “collected” vibe. We used blue throughout, which is a good color to help balance out the red undertones of the wood finish. In contrast, we used the traditional-patterned rug to help tie in those undertones.

Pro Tip:

Many people are tempted to paint antique and vintage pieces. And while that can sometimes work, in a piece like this, where there’s so much beauty in the natural wood grain, we recommend leaving it. However, if you come across an antique that has good bones but is pretty beat up, you can always strip and sand the existing stain, then refinish it with a fresh coat of stain.

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Make A Statement

Sometimes you find a piece of antique furniture that’s such a show-stopper, you have to use it as the centerpiece of your space. There’s no blending it in—it needs to make a statement. That’s how we felt with this classic buffet table. The two-tone, high-gloss finish feels bold in a modern home, even more so when you consider its Victorian style, with ornate touches and carved details. It has a very regal vibe, and the height of the legs help this piece feel special and the space feel larger.

But even statement pieces have to go with the design of the rest of the room. In this case, we placed the buffet in the dining room, alongside a modern marble table and upholstered dining chairs. The sleek forms of both balance out the ornateness of the buffet.

But you could also go for asymmetrical styling, which we did here, which gives it more of an informal vibe and leans slightly into the eclectic. The leaning art and modern sculpture on the buffet supports this informal vibe.

Pro Tip:

A reddish wood tone like this piece—which shows up in a lot of antique furniture—can be hard to match with other wood furniture. So, we’d recommend not having a lot of other wood tones in a space where you’re featuring a piece like this buffet. But if you do incorporate other wood tones, keep them light. Otherwise, just mix in other natural materials for added depth. We love the mix of the red, high-gloss wood with a marble dining table; in both cases, the material of the tables themselves are the ornamentation, so you can keep things pretty simple in the rest of the room.

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Use Antiques As Accent Pieces

Antiques don’t always have to be statement pieces. Sometimes incorporating antique furniture as a subtle accent is just the thing. Above, we’re using an antique trunk as a coffee table. And a coffee table with built-in storage, no less! The room, as a whole, is a mix of modern and traditional lines, so this trunk blends in quite naturally.

However, to make sure it still stands out a bit, we contrasted the dark finish of the trunk with a light sofa. We also chose pieces throughout the room that would help highlight the color tones of the wood—specifically, the rust red from the rug helps pull out the weathered warmth from the piece. We also incorporated natural textures throughout the room to complement the weathered wood finish.

History Lesson:

Using an antique in a high-traffic area may seem a bit scary—what if someone spills a drink or doesn’t use a coaster? The great thing about antique trunks is that they’re made for rough handling. Before suitcases, trunks were how people packed and travelled—and as a result, they endured exposure to the elements and a lot of being tossed around on steamer ships and trains. So, don’t be too worried about scrapes and spills. In fact, pieces like these allow you to celebrate the age and patina!

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Create Contrast With Old Meets New

It’s one thing to mix antiques with more traditional-style furniture. It’s another move entirely to mix antiques with ultra-modern lines. Wishbone chairs are quite a statement in and of themselves—but pairing them with a Victorian-style dining table creates a really interesting, unexpected juxtaposition.

We love how the curves of the table legs mirror the curves of the chairs. Like the dining room featured earlier in this post, these furniture pieces are great examples of forms and material as decor. This allows the rest of the room to be pretty minimal—though the natural textures found in the rug, cabinet, and seats of the chairs creates some nice depth in this space.

Pro Tip:

This dining room table is another example of antique pieces with red undertones—so you need to be mindful of what other wood tones are in the space. The light, natural finish of the chair and cabinet are a great example of what wood tones work with this type of antique finish. Another thing to consider is the finish of your flooring. If it clashes with your antique (or any other piece of furniture, for that matter) don’t worry. Just invest in a large rug to keep the dining room table visually separated from the finish of the floor.

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Mix Real Antiques With Reproductions

When decorating with antiques in a modern home, you don’t have to stick with strictly modern pieces. In fact, there’s something very visually interesting about mixing real antiques with furniture that’s made to look like an antique, like in the entryway above. Here, the chair is the antique, but the console has that very old-world vibe.

While they’re not styles from the same era, they create an interesting juxtaposition side by side. This also works because of the chair’s ebony finish, which doesn’t compete with the finish of the console. In this space, it’s the additional decor that helps balance the old and the new. The natural textures of the tray, ceramics, and greenery—along with the dark wall color and modern mirror—pull these pieces into the 21st century. But we love the storied history of this chair, which creates a fun conversation starter the moment someone enters your home.

History Lesson:

This style of chair—called a Hitchcock Chair—was first created in Connecticut in 1818 and is characterized by its stenciling. This style of chair is a product of technology from the early Industrial Revolution, where sawmills on the river, along with interchangeable parts, were used for quick and economical production. These chairs started the “fancy chair” trend in upwardly mobile middle class families of the 19th century and, at the time, were a symbol of this new economic tier. How’s that for a fun tidbit??

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Repurpose Antiques Into Something New

Sometimes, the original intended purpose of an antique doesn’t make sense in your home. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw it out or shove it in the back of your garage. You can simply repurpose it!

In this dining nook, we repurposed an old church pew into a bench for eating at the dining room table. Replacing a chair or two with an old church pew adds a sense of charm and character to this set-up and helps the space feel much cozier. Painting it white helps it more cohesively blend in with the style of the rest of the room—but both its form and finish definitely complement the rustic modern vibe of this space!

Pro Tip:

A dining room bench isn’t’ the only way to repurpose an old church pew—there are so many ways to use them, from your entryway to your living room or porch! Depending on the style and condition of the church pew, it might be more of a style statement than a functional piece—and it’s never going to be your most comfortable seating option. But it still adds a storied history to your home, which we love.

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Mix Antiques From Different Styles + Eras

When it comes to antique furniture, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one piece. In fact, there’s something quite charming and eclectic about mixing antiques from different styles and eras. That’s exactly what we did in this eclectic bedroom, where we mixed together an antique tufted chair and an antique dresser. They’re not the same style or from the same era—but they blend together quite nicely.

The color on the wall helps highlight the natural patina and character of both of these brown furniture pieces. The pouf, mirror, and wall art add to the collected, eclectic vibe of this space. We opted for a more traditional rug pattern to tie the room together but with more saturated colors to liven up the space. Overall, this room has a very rustic boho vibe, which is somewhat unexpected for a room with multiple antiques. But we really love how all the furniture and decor plays together for a relaxed, fun space.

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If you have an antique or vintage chair or sofa with good bones but shabby upholstery, invest in reupholstering it! This will generally be the same price or cheaper than buying a new piece of furniture, and it allows you to customize it with the fabric of your choice! (How fun would it be to reupholster an antique chair in a vibrant, modern print??) Plus, it’s so much more sustainable to simply reupholster than throw out a piece of furniture that has good bones just to buy something new.

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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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