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.