Decorating Styles: Traditional

Traditional styles of décor are characterized by a classic look that can stand the test of time. Traditional décor defines a tranquil environment and maintains order.

Traditional style rooms are not as sophisticated as a formal room would be, but they tend to be more glamorous than a casual or simplistic style of décor.

The furniture you would find in a traditional style room is focused on the focal point of the room and will surround that focal point with straight lines and circle an axis.

Furnishings are large but will have clean lines.  These pieces are often upholstered and have smooth edges. Accessories and furnishings appear in pairs to establish a sense of order and symmetry. However, the traditional style will be relaxed and focused more on comfort rather than aesthetics.

The woodworking you see in traditional decor is generally clean and curvy. It will have smooth edges and a limited number of sharp angles or vertexes.

A traditional room represents a mix of vertical lines that add sophistication, with horizontal lines that establish comfort and tranquility. Complex patterns and bright colors are too distracting for traditional types of décor. Traditional décor will keep within a strict theme, use fairly plain fabrics and colors, and simple shapes like squares, triangles, and circles.

Colors in a traditional room are kept within a minimum wavelength of change to maintain order as much as possible. Tones will be pale and light, making it pleasing to the eye and easy to match.

Dark and bright colors can be used as accents, but are seldom used as a wall color. Accessories are kept simple and are used for functionality, such as lamps, mirrors, paintings, framed laminates, and screens. However, other items can be used purely for decoration. These include porcelain, china, plants, and vases.

Traditional style is simple and classy. Using a blend of both the formal and casual styles of décor, the traditional style is a perfect combination of both.