Traditional interior design has been growing in popularity over the last year, as many people seek to make their homes feel more comfortable and approachable. One of our favorites takes on this resurgence of Traditional interior design is the New Traditional trend. This look mixes traditional and modern design elements for a space that’s comfortable and approachable while also being streamlined and updated.
Continued growth in the popularity of Traditional design elements, along with the Grandmillenial interior design style, were among our 2021 trend predictions. As it happens, we’re seeing elements of both of these design styles—along with the Cottagecore design trend—merge in new ways to create a new design trend we’re loving: Modern Manor.
What is Modern Manor Style?
Modern Manor is a fresh take on the New Traditional trend that incorporates not only traditional and modern design ideas but also a few more classical design elements. This style celebrates traditionally tufted and roll-arm sofas and chairs, as well as rich materials like dark woods, marbles, and leathers. It does this while stylistically blending traditional and comfortable elements, with a modern twist and the use of clean-lined furniture.
This style appears elevated—almost regal—because of its strong roots in the traditional camp. However, the traditional elements that this style is built on is more in the British traditional camp versus American traditional style. And when we talk about modern design elements in the context of this style, we’re not talking about the Mid-Century Modern brand of modernism.
Rather, it’s a more European style of modern, with the use of strong, sculptural forms and natural materials.
So, at its core, Modern Manor is a traditionalist interior design style, with Euro-modern influence. It’s these European influences that connect Modern Manor to Regencycore (think: Bridgerton) due to its slightly formal and classical nature. However, in contrast to Regencycore, Modern Manor style is more restrained and streamlined.
Why is traditional design trending right now?
Traditional is having a major comeback moment. Many people have begun to look at traditional styles as solid, stable, and comfortable. (We could all use a little more stability, right?)
However, this isn’t your grandmother’s traditional. When it comes to current decor trends, traditional design elements are being remixed in subtle, trendy ways—such as in Modern Manor, where they’re given a slight twist of modern and updated classical elements. This is definitely a formal style that feels very considered—but without the frilly feel of an “old interior designer.”
For people looking for a slightly formal, put-together, traditionally grounded design style—this one is for you.
The Key Elements of Modern Manor
If you’re looking to bring home the Modern Manor look, rely on a mix of traditional and modern design elements, with slight touches of classic and transitional. Here’s how to get the look.
Find Furniture That Combines Traditional Forms with a Modern Treatment
Start with traditional shapes in your foundational furniture, but look for pieces that have modern updates. A perfect example of this is the Straight Rolled-Arm Sofa in the design above—a piece designed by Kara Mann for CB2. It’s a new take on the classic roll-arm sofa design of the ’80s. However, its fresh, clean, tailored lines make the piece feel slightly modern with a stand-out quality.
Be Intentional with Your Use of Color
In Modern Manor style, color is used in a very traditional way, with rich, deep hues in solid forms. Keep colors in the primary color family or opt for deeply saturated earth tones. To make a statement with color, invest in a solid-color rug that brings definition to a space as opposed to rugs with busy patterns. The same goes for throw pillows! Ultimately, color is used sparingly but with great intention to help draw the eye to a focal point of a space. (Like the two solid-colored pillows on the living room sofa.)
Incorporate Rich, Ornamental Materials and Finishes
As you choose furniture that fits the Modern Manor vibe, look for pieces that don’t have too much ornamental detail themselves. Rather, find pieces where the material itself lends to the ornamental quality—like oversized caning in a dining room chair or a marble side table. The use of more luxe materials and finishes such as marble, boucle, leather, and pleated linen give this style a more elevated vibe.
Go Traditional With Your Art & Decor
When it comes to wall art, invest in traditionally inspired pieces, such as pastoral landscape scenes in a slight impressionist style, classical-looking portraits, or still life paintings. For tabletop decor, find classical vases and sculptures. Lampshades that are sloped or pleated can help drive home this style.