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Trend Report: Traditional Décor = Cool Again

By: Sarah Beaumont

September 11, 2017

Image via One Kings Lane


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: traditional décor deserves its moment in the spotlight. And as it turns out, it’s getting one. After years of boho minimalism and mid-century modern spaces, designers are returning to their roots. But not in a stuffy or overly formal way like you might think. Classic motifs, plenty of decoration, and a totally cohesive layout are elements that define trad design. And when you put your own spin on it, a little tradition can go a long way in creating a home that feels livable and loveable.


Feeling Feminine

Structured and streamlined are cool and all, but we’re noticing designers using more pieces with ornate detailing and feminine curves. Think carved wood chairs with tufting and nailheads, and lavish entryways with symmetrical décor.

Classic Fabrics

Have you noticed a resurgence in the use of velvet? Because we sure have. This soft, supple fabric is a staple of trad design, as are leather and silk. For a perfect balance of sophistication and comfort use leather for items like chairs, chests, and couches, and silk for accessories like pillows and curtains. Add in nubby cotton pieces for well-balanced coziness.

Pattern Play

Trad patterns have seen a major comeback in recent months. From chintz and damask to chinoiserie, peppering in classic prints among eclectic decor is a great way to incorporate a touch of traditional style.

Light it Up

When it comes to traditional spaces, your lighting should make a statement. Curvy lamps sitting atop every table and lavish chandeliers act as the jewelry of the home, especially in a space with neutral colors like the room above.

Go Antiquing

This might be the best and most sustainable way to satisfy your taste for tradition. From antique art to vintage flea market finds, older pieces add an authentic touch of character to any space they’re in.

Pair Trad with Contemporary

More and more we find that interior designers are merging the basic building blocks of traditional design with modern and contemporary accessories. Pair contemporary accent pieces with traditional furniture for a refreshed take on the old-school style.

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