by Liz Jones | January 1, 2011 3:14 pm
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Dear Moss Building & Design,
Help! I think my design style is classic and traditional, but don’t know where to start when it comes to specifics. Can you give me some tips on how to incorporate traditional design styles into my home?
— Dulles Mom
Dear Dulles Mom,
Absolutely! Traditional design is a classic, time-honored style that is far from old or outdated. It’s defined by rich colors, wood elements, carved molding, elegant decor, and decorative, detailed woodwork. We recently completed a series of blogs about how to update homes in the traditional design style and even have a style guide you can download.
As remodelers, we see a lot of different design trends that come and go, but traditional interior design is the most popular and long-lasting. It’s a timeless, detailed, and decorative look that is inspired by 18th and 19th Century European decor.
When designing a traditional room, you’ll typically see a lot of warm colors, including rich tans, browns, and yellows. Paisley can also be used for accent rugs, chairs, and decor. You can undoubtedly veer from this color and texture palette, but avoid hues that are considered modern and transitional, like white and black.
Decor & Fixtures
Traditional design is all about detail – the more elegant, the better. Consider adding classic lamps, vases, decorative mirrors, and chandeliers to the room for a more traditional look. Long window drapes and valances also make a room feel more traditional. For the living room, a stone fireplace paired with a dark, wood mantle adds to the warmth of the room, while built-in bookcases can give it a historical feel.
Built-in cabinetry, crown molding, columns, and tray or coffered ceilings go back to 18th and 19th Century traditional home design. Symmetry is also a very important element for traditional design, as almost every fixture and detail comes in a pair, from sofas and chairs to end tables. The purpose is to create a balanced space around an important focal point like a fireplace, television, or piece of art.
The furniture in your home has a big impact on whether or not it feels traditional. In many traditional homes, you’ll find a claw foot tub, large beds with wooden frames, and button-tufted pieces. Traditional homes have also often featured Queen Anne or Chippendale style furniture.
Wood is the most commonly used material in traditional design. For furniture or built-ins, maple, cherry, and oak are among the most popular types of wood. Hardwood flooring is most popular in traditional kitchens, while in the master bedroom suite or basement, consider using carpet instead of tile. For bathrooms, chrome fixtures are highly popular.
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