Living With Tradition

June 18, 2015

By Tab Byrum

The Traditional style of decorating may still be the most prolific in home decor today, traditional interiors are usually comfortable and classic with no hidden surprises.


Traditional style involves the use of matching pieces of furniture as well as antiques and coordinated fabrics. Symmetry also plays a large role in the traditional decor and furniture will usually have some curves to it whether it’s in the legs of tables and chairs or the backs of chairs and some carving on furniture and woodwork. Upholstered furniture is usually fuller and again has some curve, not a lot of sharp edges or straight lines and will usually consist of patterns such as stripes, paisleys, florals and all over patterns.


All of this isn’t to say that you  can’t update a traditional look with some new fabrics and colors, as I’ve said before I love to take a traditional shaped chair or sofa and reupholster it in a current fabric, this definitely adds some fun and unexpectedness to a room.  Let’s take a look at Traditional decor in the 21st century, and let me know what you think, yay or nay on Traditional. Enjoy!!!


This is a very traditional interpretation of a home library, with a stained wood floor, shelving and coffered ceiling. The rug is a very traditional pattern and color, but I like that the chairs while traditional leather, are a non-traditional shape. I do think it would be fun to do these chairs in a color or maybe, dare I say it, an animal print. 


A very traditional and neutral room, but note the texture in the sisal carpeting and the fabric on the chair in the foreground as well as the curve on the sofa leg and the twisting floor lamp. 



A very traditional and balanced dining room, but a hint of unexpectedness in the tile/wood floor combo in the foreground and the color of the room. 


This is all very simple and balanced, I really like the rustic pots and candle holders. 


A white entryway with beautiful wood floors and wood accents. If you look close you can see tone on tone damask wallpaper on the entry walls and the curved wall of the staircase. 


This room is very traditional in set up and furniture type, but they threw in a few curves with the blue windowpane plaid on the pair of chairs, blue cording on the sofa, a big blue tufted ottoman and the blue and neutral decorative tape edging the drapes. 



It may not get more traditional than this, an Oriental rug with a leather ottoman for a coffee table, drapery panels with a jabot on the top. I do like the use of an easel to display the large painting. 


Very traditional room with lots of wood trim in the room and carving. The setup of the furniture in the room is also very traditional with the sofa centered on the fireplace and chairs flanking the sofa. 


This is a great example of the symmetry that usually prevails in a traditional setup, one piece of furniture with a pair of lamps and one thing in the middle and symmetrically hung artwork in the background. 


Beautiful neutral bathroom with lots of traditional carved wood trim, a cane back vanity chair and window treatments with fringe on the windows. 


I really like this room, a traditional setup of sofas flanking a fireplace and a coffee table in the center, but the color palette for the room is gorgeous in grays and black. The chandelier is more contemporary, the lamps are either crystal or acrylic and the framed artwork and mirror are framed in silver. 


Blue and white always looks great in a traditional room. Here it’s mixed with a little crystal echoing the chandelier and some family photos



Another beautiful neutral room with a traditional arrangement. A sofa centered in the room and chair flanking it, there’s also lots of texture going on with linen fabrics, wood floor and textured rug with some type of edging. 


Tons of traditional elements in this room, leather bound books, a pair of gold candlestick lamps, nailhead trim on the chair and dark colors.


Black and white etchings are always a great way to bring some tradition to your home, whether it’s a pair or a large grouping like these. Etchings always lend class and elegance to a room. 

So, as you can see Traditional decor doesn’t have to be stuffy and uncomfortable and you can definitely mix and combine it with other elements you like. Have a wonderful Thursday and we’ll see you later today for a second post. 

All the words are my own, images are courtesy of Pinterest.

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