Your Guide To Traditional Interior Design [January 2020]

Traditional Interior Design

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Traditional interior design is a style best seen in your grandparents house. It’s noted for neutral tones like tan and beige, classical patterns, and abundance of wood. The style usually embraces symmetry and can look a bit stuffy.

In an age where midcentury modern, Boho, and other new age/minimal styles dominate, traditional interior design gets the short end of the stick. But, that doesn’t mean that we need to throw it out entirely.

In fact, traditional (or “trad”) design has plenty of features that we should pay attention to. While some people might think of it as outdated, fussy, or downright ugly, the trad style has many admirable qualities.

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Hey There Home Traditional Interior

Parquet floors and crown molding, both standards of traditional interior design.


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My First Home Traditional Nook

Dark stained wood and skirting boards also common in traditional interior design.


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Gorgeous large staircase and traditional molding
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Large foyer area in a traditional interior.


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Custom wood table and chandelier
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Elle Decor Custom wood table and chandelier

Beautiful wood table and chairs in traditional setting from Elle Decor’s top 100 interior designers.


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Custom chandelier and gorgeous off whites bring this traditional home project together. See the whole project here


What Is The Difference Between Traditional And Transitional Design?

Traditional design is usually dark, rich colors with ornate fixtures and large areas. There are also lots of rich textures in the furnishings with lots of details in the designs.

Transitional design favors neutral or beige or gray creams.There are elegant and timeless pieces included in the design that are ageless and gender neutral

What Are Different Decorating Styles?

Mid century design is a style that infuses different types of material such as plastic and aluminum and “pop” and make the room they are in stand out.

Industrial design is a nod to the turn of the century. Distressed wood and exposed steel are commonly used on pieces using this design.

Nautical design is taking the feeling of a ship and bringing it to land. Beach homes are commonly decorated in nautical themes.

Scandanavian is popular but boasts odd shapes and has more of a minimalist feel to the room.

Bohemian is a popular style making a comeback. Free spirited people who love vibrant colors and accent colors.

Farmhouse theme is making a huge comeback. Distressed wood using some of natures elements to accent the room . Darker colors offset by cremes and beiges are popular.

Urban modern which is popular in lofts in the cities plays into the sleek clean look. Larger furniture tens to be low profile and sleek and does not give off the comfortable vibe.

Shabby Chic basically recreates a vintage, estate sale look for the room being designed. Most popular colors are cremes, whites and tan. Every now and then, throwing some vibrant colors in sets the room off.

Is Traditional Decor Out Of Style?

The traditional decor that you may have grown up with is not necessarily the traditional decor of today. Minimalism is coming back into style being mixed with traditional styles.

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