Monday, June 15, 2009

~a little bit about traditional style~

Traditional rooms are not ostentatious but rather somewhat casual. Furniture pieces are often reproductions. Modern, eclectic pieces have no room in a traditional space. Furniture and accessories are placed in pairs and centered in the room. There is nothing out of place or of a different style. Everything has the look that it goes together.

Traditional decorating is calm, orderly, and predictable. There is nothing wild or chaotic in a traditional room.


In general, a traditional room will use a mix of vertical lines with more restful horizontal lines. Gentle curves are seen in furniture, pillows, and accessories.

Upholstered furniture in a traditional room exhibits classic lines and understated details. It is functional, unfussy, and restful looking. Edges are soft, smooth, and blend in.


Wood furniture will usually have a mix of straight and curved lines. There may be light carving details as well. While wood pieces will often be finished with darker stains, a traditional room might also use lighter woods as long as the lines of each piece are classic.

Interiors in a traditional home will often feature trim and molding that is painted glossy white. Crown molding is common and adds to the formal look. Walls might have a chair rail and simple molding details, with wall surfaces done in a flat painted finish or wallpaper. Ceilings are often white and may have simple beams.

Dressmaker details are not particularly important in a traditional room. Trims, tassels, and fringes are used sparingly if at all, in favor of a simpler, calmer look.

Traditional dining rooms can show off a variety of china, glassware, and silver. Plates might be a classic gold-rimmed style or a simple floral design. Use either beautiful tablecloths or pretty fabric place mats and napkins.


Window coverings in traditional rooms show classic style. Look for narrow shutters, traverse draperies, and under treatments of pinch pleated sheers. Cornices and valances may also be featured.

Accessories include pairs of lamps, urns, plants, mirrors, framed prints, china, vases, and collections of books. Pairs of objects are usually arranged in balanced symmetry.

all images: Traditional Home



13 comments:

Jeanneoli said...

Beautiful images!

Tricia said...

Very pretty!

Jessica - {LivingBetterTogether} said...

I love all of these images! How cute are those pink covered pretzels! :)

Katie said...

I love all the white!! :)

Kasey said...

beautiful....and they remind me so much of your home...
xo

Alicia said...

Im moving in tomorrow....

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Very nice, but wow, that's alotta rules to follow, isn't it? Now the traditional title scares me abit. :)

Donna

Vanilla Lavender said...

Beautiful! Great info. Your blog is very inspiring. Thanks!

Kimberly said...

You have the most beautiful eye. It is funny. I have always been extremely ecclectic and whimsical, but I find myself drawn to a much more traditional style lately. You are right, it is so calming and restful. Thanks as always for a beautiful post!! :)KIM
I love the pink lemonade and pretzels!! I might have to visit Central Market tomorrow for some!

Maria said...

Love your Blog! Always beautiful pictures!!!!!!!!!!!! Just wanted to tell you that I just saw Lisa (LisaGoLightly)and I have to tell you that not only is she creative, talented and nice, but, she is also drop dead gorgeous, yep..think model. Just wanted to let you know. LOL...Thank you for this beautiful blog! Blessings, *Maria*

Simone said...

Absolutely beautiful....although I would have to throw some pink in there just for a splash of colour I think LOL! Love the kitchens.

linknblogs said...

I love this post! Thank you for the insight. I am a new owner of an old home and one of the main selling points for me was the crown molding throughout the house. It needed some fresh paint and I recently went the white route as seen in several of your photos. Great blog! Thanks!

emma willson said...

The latest trend in outdoor decor, is bringing the indoors out. I am seeing more and more living spaces and furniture that would have normally been left inside, brought outside, so people can enjoy the warmer weather in comfort and style!
Wicker Outdoor Furniture

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