How to Design a Traditional Style Bedroom

The classic designs of traditional style are timeless for a reason—they’re an institution of grace and elegance. This holds true in your bedroom, where an upscale, rich feel comes from an abundance of tailored lines. With warm finishes and ornate details, traditional style is a natural in a master suite. Here are four characteristics of a traditional style bedroom:

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Rich colors and finishes

From walls to upholstery, the colors in a traditional style bedroom rich and striking, including saturated shades and jewel tones. In addition, look for dark wood finishes, such as cherry, mahogany and walnut.

Conservative prints

Upholstered pieces in a traditional style home have fabrics with timeless patterns, such as floral, damask, plaid and stripes. The understated look is often embellished with trims including tassels and fringe.

Classic lines

While they’re formal in feel, traditional style bedrooms are not overly ostentatious. Furniture will have a mix of straight and curved lines, and the attention to detail is carried over into the architecture with crown and chair rail molding.

Elegant accessories

Accessories in a traditional style bedroom further the rich atmosphere. Oil paintings of landscapes or still life as well as portraits have heavy frames, many of which are gilt in gold. Flowers fill oversized vases. Other accessories include lamps, urns, books, plants and mirrors.

The Antique Charm of Traditional Light Fixtures

Part of the charm of an older home is the richness of the light fixtures. With crystal details that sparkle in the light and shades that look like artwork, these heirloom-style fixtures add sense of elegance to any space. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about faulty wiring as you can find new fixtures that look like antiques. We love these four traditional light fixtures that will instantly set the atmosphere in your room aglow.

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Elegant Details

The Alenya Chandelier combines burnished gold metal with teak crystal leaves and a champagne sheer fabric shade for a bold and elegant statement piece. Imagine this hanging above a dining room or over an end table in your living room.

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Stained Glass Shade

The Amelia Semi-Flush Lamp gives your space the Frank Lloyd Wright treatment, with geometric lines and dark bronze hardware for a striking contrast. It is ideal for the living room or home office.

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This Virginia Bronze Chandelier looks like an old light fixture that used candles as the lighting source. The English bronze metal frame is accentuated with prisms to complete its sophisticated look.

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The decorative shades of the Evelyn Bronze Chandelier are accented with beautiful crystal prisms and a dark bronze finish. Impressive traditional light fixtures, such as this one, will look amazing in a living room or dining room space.

We’ve Got the Look: Rob Lowe’s Living Room

Actor Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl, recently opened their newly renovated Georgian-style Santa Barbara home to Architectural Digest. Instead of the California contemporary design you might expect, the couple found inspiration from the Virginia-area style, architect Don Nulty said.

“Sheryl loves beautiful things and is definitely a collector,” designer David Phoenix said in the interview. For example, an English dog painting is set over the living room fireplace and a photograph by Lyndie Benson hangs above a Dutch secretary.

If you like the updated traditional look of the Lowes’ living room, we’ve got the look …

Start with a classic white sofa. This piece is versatile and can blend with any style décor. Our Lafayette Sofa features similar rounded lines and comfortable plush cushions. Part of our Detroit Sofa Company line, you get to choose the fabric for your toss pillows. Pick a color that matches your decor, or select something in a rich copper or red like the Lowes have in their room.

An oversized gray ottoman provides a modern feel to the traditional room, adding seating while keeping the room open. Our NB2 Daybed Chaise would be a great addition. While it has low arms, the piece adds elegance and style to the room, and allows an unobstructed view of the room.

A pair of white accent chairs keeps things clean and light and provides balance to the space. Our Flynn Velvet White Chairs would look wonderful in the room. The soft upholstery adds a touch of luxury, while the sleek lines are timeless.

A cocktail table introduces a chic metal to the Lowes’ room, and the geometric design of the base adds interest. Our Murdock Rectangular Cocktail Table offers a wonderful contrast to the white sleek seating. The removable tray top in a rich wood finish allows you to move a surface where it’s needed, such as on the daybed, while the metal base has unique lines that provide pattern and warmth.

An end table in the Lowes’ room has a white marble top and dark base. While not perfect match, our Derby Faux Marble End Table provides the same feel. The white top plays off of the white seating, and the metal legs complement the cocktail table.

Finally, two crystal chandeliers pay homage to the Georgian-style home. Our Eleanor Chandeliers would provide the same look to your room, dressing up the space with its candelabra style and adding a bit of sparkle with crystals and chrome.

What do you think of the Lowes’ sense of style?