Six Hallmarks of New Traditional Style

by starfurniture on February 22, 2012

Traditional style, as we once knew it, has gotten a facelift. The “New Traditional” follows the design guidelines of the past, but makes them fresher and simpler.

This is the new traditional: Calm colors, dark wood, layers of pillows, shimmery accessories. Room designed by Mary Strong.

It remains elegant and polished, capturing the feel of Old Traditional, but is cleaner and sleeker. Here are six hallmarks of New Traditional to keep in mind during your design process:

Balance
New and Old Traditional decor depend on balance, whether symmetrical or asymmetrical.

A traditional room should be well balanced, and neutrals usually play a big role in the decor.

Neutrals
Creams, taupes and tans rule New Traditional. Neutrals are timeless, and perhaps more importantly, they create a warm, soft environment. If you want to use patterns, opt for big prints in deep colors. Teeny tiny print is so Old Traditional.

Tan upholstery and large print.

Rich Wood
Dark wood furniture like oak, cherry and mahogany are most common in traditional styles, in part because they pair nicely with the neutral color palette. This is not a hard and fast rule, but light woods are better suited for contemporary interiors.

This table’s clean edges and dark wood are contrasted with ornate accessories.

Shiny Things
As with Old Traditional, some bling is a must. Chandeliers, mirrors, and accent furnishings with reflective surfaces are typical of traditional interiors. They bring grandeur to a space, but also introduce bright spots into the home.

Reflective surfaces in a bedroom by LJ Interiors.

Moulding and Trim
Moulding and trim have always been part of the traditional look. To keep it current, look for furniture pieces with simple moulding. Don’t go for the ornately carved stuff.

Soft Textiles
New Traditional textiles are sink-into soft, but not frilly. Go for piles of fluffy pillows, velvet upholstery, down cushions, silk drapes and other “touch me” textiles.

Plush upholstery, down pillows, silky surfaces and warm rugs are all at home in New Traditional.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

interiorapartment February 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I really love this type of interior styling. I think it is somewhat impractical for living as the spaces arnt deisned around how people live their lives, but it a great style to create for a formal seating or dining room for when you have guests over.

interiorapartment February 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I really love this type of interior styling. I think it is somewhat impractical for living as the spaces arnt deisned around how people live their lives, but it a great style to create for a formal seating or dining room for when you have guests over.

FurniturePolished February 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

On the contrary, even formal and traditional rooms can be designed for the way people live! It is the job of every good interior designer to create a home that’s as functional as it is attractive.

FurniturePolished February 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

On the contrary, even formal and traditional rooms can be designed for the way people live! It is the job of every good interior designer to create a home that’s as functional as it is attractive.

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Rosemary Cortez July 5, 2012 at 6:54 am

I am looking for an affordable buy on a really great mattress, cause ours is just a miserable mess. does your store have mattresses on sale? Help please.

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