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Home decor tips for design traditionalists

You’re not breezy boho. You can’t stand shabby chic. And contemporary is far too cold for you. If any or all of these statements describe you, you just might be a traditionalist.

Traditional décor sometimes gets a bad rap. But when done right, classic style can look welcoming and refined rather than ultra-preppy or outdated. Here's how to nail the traditional look in your home.

 

Florals and Patterns

Traditional style is all about balance. You probably don’t want to go too wild with patterns, but don’t be afraid to mix and match. Florals and plaids or toile and stripes — or all of the above — work well together in a traditional room if you stick to a unified color scheme.

Try mixing and matching patterned pillows on a solid-colored chair or couch. You could also re-cover dining room chairs in different patterns, or create a major statement with patterned toile wallpaper with small matching touches, like pillows. Stop by F. Schumacher & Co. for some fabric and print inspiration.

 

Colors and Statement Pieces

In traditional décor, colors shouldn't scream “Look at me!” But while neutrals like beige, cream and tan evoke a conservative style, it’s good to go beyond the basics. You could blend sky blue and white accessories in a room with a bold blue statement piece, like a couch. Or pair neutrals with deeper browns and reds in a study or dining room.

In a bedroom, a pop of pastel blue or lavender in the form of pillows and lampshades match well with a cream and taupe comforter and window dressings. The collections and room scenes at Marge Carson should get the creative juices flowing for your next design project.  

 

Wicker and Rich Woods

Dark, rich woods like mahogany, cherry and maple in furniture and on floors work well in a traditional home. They give your home an elegant and cozy feel. You can also incorporate these materials to a lesser extent with wainscoting, elaborate crown molding or ceiling beams.

For a slightly more casual but still classic feel, wicker also works well. Group wicker chairs around a breakfast nook table. Or add form to function and place some wicker baskets in a sitting room to store blankets or magazines. Check out the showroom at Adriana Hoyos Furnishings for ideas on how to pull a room together.

 

Art and Accessories

 Artwork is an excellent way to pull more vibrant colors and designs into a traditional room. A beautiful painting above the fireplace offers a focal point and creates the symmetry that is essential in traditional décor. Muted brass or bronze sconces and fixtures pair well in a room with mahogany and cherry, while pewter candlesticks and a grand vase full of fresh flowers makes a dining room warm and inviting. Ebanista has a great selection of chandeliers, light fixtures and wall sconces for you to choose from.

So fly your traditional style flag proud. Done right, you can turn any room into a clean, classic haven in a chaotic world. Check out the showrooms at the Dallas Design District to satisfy all your traditional style needs.

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