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Design Styles: New Traditional

September 30, 2022

Traditional design is a familiar home décor style that is rooted in the traditions of the past without being specific to a particular time period, it is mostly of 18th and 19th century European styles. It is classic, warm and comforting, making it one of the most popular design styles.

Traditional design is one of those styles that will never go out of style, but evolve over time, adding in more modern elements to help keep it current and not dated. This design style is what we now call "New Traditional"

When Traditional design is overdone it can feel heavy, dark and dated. New Traditional likes to add more contemporary pieces, bolder colors, and antique or vintage furniture and décor, to give the design a more fresher look. Here are some tips on how to update your Traditional style to New Traditional.

Update your Area Rug

Old Traditional: Oriental Rugs
New Traditional: Geometric patterns, Animal Hide or woven rugs from natural materials such as jute, seagrass or sisal.

Source: Pinterest

Do a Gallery Wall

Old Traditional: Ornate Framed piece of art above the bed
New Traditional: Several medium size art above the bed

Mix up Eras

Old Traditional: Furniture all the same and from the same era
New Traditional: A blend of old and new styles

Source: Anna Page

Break up Furniture Sets

Old Traditional: Matching Bedroom Suites
New Traditional: Furniture that compliments, but doesn't match

Use Classic lines, not Fussy

Old Traditional: Ornate dark, heavy furniture
New Traditional: Classic, clean lines

Add Contemporary Art

Old Traditional: Ornate framed oil paintings
New Traditional: Contemporary art

Do Simple Window Treatments

Old Traditional: Heavy window treatments with swags and valances
New Traditional: Simple panels or decorative valances

Keep it Simple

Old Traditional: Lots of Collectables or Knickknacks
New Traditional: Few pieces you really love, simple, large accessories (essentially get rid of the clutter)

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