Even among all the latest trends, traditional interior design holds true to its timeless quality, blending elements of formal design with more casual elements. Harmony, comfort, and order are at the core of this design trend that draws inspiration from European decorative styles of the 18th and 19th centuries. The fusion of these two eras creates a warm and elegant environment. When it comes to building a timeless space, balancing new and old is key. Now is the time to display those well-worn heirlooms and antique quirky finds you’ve collected over the years, and turn your house into a home.
What Makes a Traditional Room?
Colour palette: set the tone
Rooms typically feature a rich neutral or light pastel tone as the primary colour, along with an accent hue from the same colour family that complements other elements in the room. Wood with deep, rich hues, such as walnut, cherry, mahogany, and oak, is popular in traditional interiors, and similar finishes on the same wood can give your home a harmonious look.
Furniture placement: symmetrical
The traditional style of design involves pairing accessories and furnishings together to create symmetry around a central focus point, and the key to your design scheme is to create perfect pairings. When two similar items are displayed together, they create the illusion of balance and attract attention to focal points.
Rugs are more popular than ever because they are stylish and harmonise well with their surroundings. Besides the rich colours and patterns of traditional rugs, the surrounding décor and furnishings benefit from their presence as well. Traditional rugs are a wise investment, as they can blend perfectly into traditionally styled rooms and can also add an interesting touch to a modern space.
Shedding light on traditional style
Chandeliers are a great way to enhance the appearance of a traditionally styled setting while adding an air of luxury. The right fitting can transform even the simplest of rooms into works of art, but if selected incorrectly, they might dominate the space. The piece should be the focal point of the room and complement both its surroundings and furniture. If the chandelier is too large or has a large drop, it will overwhelm a room, but if it is too small, it will look out of place.