Traditional

An example of a bedroom decorated with classy furniture pieces all arranged neatly and all with diferent rich colors that bring out elegance.

Georgetown V Plan in Franklin, Tenn., by The Jones Company of Tennessee.

Reflecting classic European décor, trademarks of the Traditional style include elegant furnishings, architectural embellishments and deep wood tones. A versatile style, Traditional interior design usually emphasizes simplicity and comfort in its layout. One identifying feature of this style are the silhouettes, or lines, of the furniture — think wing-backed chairs, claw-footed tables and curved pieces that reflect the 18th and 19th centuries. Furniture is often paired with various accessories to create a sense of symmetry around a chosen focal point, which could be a fireplace, favorite piece of art or a large furniture item. When choosing a wall color, it’s best to stick with neutral shades to ground the elaborate furnishings. When choosing furniture colors, the Traditional style usually incorporates rich shades of red, blue and brown. These can be found in damask, solid or floral fabrics made of materials like silk, velvet or cashmere. However, designers consider this style flexible and you can incorporate more affordable fabrics like cotton or linen.

Distinguishing Elements:
• Silhouetted furniture
• Formal, tailored window treatments with tasseled cords and fringe accents
• Damask, solid or floral fabrics
• Sill-life oil paintings in gilt frames
• Crystal chandeliers
• Floral arrangements in vases
• Dark woods like cherry, maple or mahogany
• Architectural embellishments like moldings and paneling

Drew Knight is a freelance writer for Builders Digital Experience (BDX). You can find him online at LinkedIn.

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