If you’ve been following design styles and trends, you may have noticed that traditional decorating has been evolving. It’s still traditional, of course, but with some interesting twists and turns.
To differentiate it from the past, many are calling the style New Traditional. (Logical choice.)
New Traditional Decorating
Traditional furniture is still beautiful and classic, but it’s being made with simpler forms, lighter finishes, and a combination of unique materials that add a modern feel.
Color schemes have become softer and less saturated, and spaces are cleaner and simpler with fewer, larger accessories rather than a multitude of smaller items.
Here are two great examples of how to bring this style into your space.
If you currently have dark walls that you don’t want to paint, this room shows a way to still get the look. Balance the room with breezy white sheers, a lighter rug, and light fabrics and finishes.
Mix, but don’t completely match furniture for a more relaxed, eclectic look. In this case, the manufacturer did it for us.
Modern pendant lights add another interesting design element.
In this room, we used a lighter palette, interesting contrast, a mix of textures and materials, and beautiful, classic furniture with an updated look.
We wanted to create a new traditional look that wasn’t overly masculine or feminine, so mixing softer, lighter pieces with darker, heavier elements gave us a more balanced look. We also added some current design trends – gold, concrete and pastels – in ways that give the room a look that says current without being trendy.
And function. Pretty rooms are great, but you also want to be able to really use them. This room has fabrics and finishes that look great, but will still be functional enough for normal use.
Which room is your favorite?
If you’ve shunned traditional design in the past, will this new traditional look cause you to take a second look?