Five Characteristics of a Traditional Style Home

If you love classic, tailored lines as well as upscale European design, Traditional Style decor would be a great choice for your home furnishings. Formal in feel, this timeless look curates the best pieces from centuries of home fashion, including such items as wing back chairs and camel-back sofas, entryway console tables with brass lamps, and walnut dining tables with Queen Anne chairs. With a buttoned-up attention to detail, this style has signature characteristics that make it stand out:

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1. Rich colors

From walls to upholstery to wood tones, colors in a Traditional Style room are rich yet neutral. No bold or high contrasting color combinations here; the palette includes shades such as dusty blue, classic gray and earthy taupe.

 

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2. Conservative fabrics

Timeless patterns cover upholstered pieces in a Traditional Style home. Common choices include floral, damask, houndstooth, plaids and stripes. The understated look is often embellished with trims including tassels and fringe.

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3. Classic lines

While they’re formal in feel Traditional Style rooms are not ostentatious. Furniture will have a mix of straight and curved lines, but the look is functional and not fussy. Sofas and chairs have curved arm details, and wood pieces feature light carving. The attention to detail is carried over into the architecture, as well, with interiors that feature crown and chair rail molding.

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4. Formal living and dining rooms

A Traditional Style home is built for entertaining with formal rooms for dining and living. The living room will include a formal sofa, wing back chairs and a cocktail table. A rug with a classic Old World pattern grounds the room. Traditional Style dining rooms include a large rectangular table with matching chairs and a sideboard or cabinet that displays the homeowners collection of fine china.

 

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5. Elegant accessories

Accessories in a Traditional Style home further the home’s rich look. Oil paintings of landscapes or still life as well as portraits hang on walls with heavy gilt frames. Silver or crystal candlesticks are used in the dining room as well as on tables throughout the home. Additionally, flowers – fresh or silk – fill oversized vases. Other accessories include lamps, urns, books, plants and mirrors.

Celebrity Style: Joanna Gaines’ Farmhouse Style Décor

Joanna Gaines is the face of farmhouse style décor. She puts the focus of home design on telling the family’s story. Her own home reflects those same values, with an eclectic mix of personal items, old and new, that creates an inviting space for family and friends. If you love Joanna Gaines’ style, here are three of her signature items:

Shiplap

Admit it. None of us knew what shiplap was before Fixer Upper. Now we all want the beautiful reclaimed wood in our homes. From walls to furniture, every room can use a little shiplap.

 

Vintage Maps

There’s something nostalgic and beautiful about framing and hanging vintage maps in farmhouse style décor. Whether it’s from your city, your travels or your dreams, framed vintage maps add a sense of adventure to your room.

 

Pendant Lights

Most of Joanna’s designs include large kitchen islands, and the way to create a sense of coziness is to anchor them with statement pendant lights. Not only do pendants provide task lighting; they underscore the design of the home.

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Designing a Farmhouse Style Kitchen

Farmhouse style is a natural for the kitchen. The casual feel is inviting, and the materials offer lots of visual interest as well as durability—perfect for a busy family lifestyle. In one of her blog posts, Joanna Gaines—the queen of farmhouse style—offered thoughts on designing a kitchen. Here are three tips you can incorporate in your Farmhouse style kitchen:

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Create Architectural Details

“Houses don’t always come with original charm, like arched doorways and original tile patterns, so sometimes you have to get creative when trying to make a remodel look unique and timeless,” writes Joanna. She uses antique partitions that create a dramatic entrance into the kitchen. You could also use a kitchen island that looks like an antique or choose furniture that was inspired by architectural details.

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Mix Finishes

The farmhouse style kitchen has taught us that things don’t have to match. Joanna often uses one style for upper cabinets and another for lower, allowing architectural elements to stand out. We love this tip because it encourages us to think outside of styles and colors when designing your kitchen. You could use two different finishes or add furnishings in a different style for a unique or eclectic feel.

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Put Essentials On Display

Joanna can make the most basic household item look loved simply by showing it off. She often utilizes a pot rack to display and organize everyday pots and pans in a farmhouse style kitchen. “This saves the homeowner from having to look through a cramped cabinet or drawer, while also bringing the character and patina of their collection to this wall,” Joanna writes. When choosing accent pieces for your kitchen, survey what you have in your cabinets. Or select new pieces that not only serve a function but are beautiful as well.

3 Farmhouse Accessories to Update Your House for Fall

Modern Farmhouse Style is a super hot look, but you don’t have to redecorate your entire room to bring this aesthetic home. Adding accessories is an easy way to be on trend without spending a lot. Here are three Farmhouse accessories that will look perfect in your home:

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White Ceramics

Modern Farmhouse style puts dishes and utensils on display. Nothing is more classic or beautiful than white dinnerware. Stack dishes and bowls on open shelves. Keep your table set, and use plate hangers to display pieces on the wall. And find whimsical white ceramic pieces, such as a playful planter.

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Fringe and Textiles

Look for pillows, dishcloths, table runners and rugs in natural textiles, such as burlap, linen and cotton. The humble textures add the feeling of warmth to your room. Fringe is a big trend in farmhouse accessories, so look for it on pillows, throws and rugs.

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Botanical Prints

Modern Farmhouse style takes literal cues from nature, with artwork and accessories that feature botanicals. Look for floral prints as well as large leafy designs.

3 Modern Farmhouse Color Trends to Adopt for Fall

Farmhouse style combines modern cabin appeal with French provincial elegance for the feel-good look of the times. Wood furnishings and vintage-inspired fabrics inspire a sense of nostalgia, creating rooms where memories are made and family comes first. This season three farmhouse color trends have emerged to refresh this timeless and popular look. Here’s what you need to know to be a farmhouse trendsetter.

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A Neutral Base

Neutral colors are standard for any style home, and for Farmhouse look for taupe, anthracite and deep charcoal. These rich shades serve as a wonderful foundation for the colors you choose to show off your personality. Use them as for your larger furniture, wall colors or flooring. They’ll never go out of style.

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Soft Pastels

A soft pastel palette provides a romantic twist to the industrial inspiration of farmhouse style. Look for shades of pink, blue and yellow to soften rooms. Use these colors in accent furniture, bedding, toss pillows and throws.

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Pops of Color

Farmhouse color trends include pops of color, and this season chartreuse and ultra violet keep things current. Add these vibrant shades with artwork, rugs or accent furniture. Just a touch is enough to keep things fresh and fun.