Many people are afraid that embracing traditional style in their home will lead to it becoming boring and old fashioned. While it’s true that there can be too much of a good thing, it’s totally possible to have a gorgeous home by borrowing aspects of traditional design. But what exactly is traditional interior design? Let’s take a look at the key features of this timeless style, and how you can apply them to your own home.
Elegant and stylish, the Annecy extending dining table and 4 cross back chairs set combines the popular two-tone trend with traditional details.
The Parker Knoll Burghley 2 seater sofa is the quintessentially elegant British sofa.
Perfectly proportioned, it has a formal high back, scroll arms, and turned wood feet in a choice of finish with brass castors – all classic design features that have ensured Parker Knoll’s place as one of the country’s most renowned furniture makers for over 130 years.
Sink back on this chair’s power recliner as the adjustable headrest holds your head, and the power lumbar support gives your back some much-needed rest. Bliss.
Take a seat in elegant, easy-going style with the California pair of button back chairs. Beautifully upholstered in a soft linen and made from solid wood.
This versatile, great value dining set includes a lovely handcrafted American white oak and oak veneer flip top dining table that extends to seat six, with 4 ladder back chairs.
Stylish classic details abound in the Annecy coffee table, yet the finish is so fresh and elegant that it works beautifully in any interior setting.
Take a seat in one of the most beautifully upholstered chairs around – the Parker Knoll Burghley armchair.
The Relax Station leather storage footstool is versatile, attractive and made for relaxation. Use it as a footstool, or as extra seating if you wish. It’s upholstered in leather in a choice of grades and colours, for more colour choices call us on 0345 646 1701 or ask in store.
Crafted according to time-honoured methods, the Parker Knoll Burghley large 2 seater sofa offers classic British sofa style.
Parker Knoll has been creating wonderful upholstered pieces for over 130 years, and this larger than average two seater sofa is no exception. It features a formal high back and finely-tailored fabric upholstery that’s available in a wide range of patterns and colours.
Many people are afraid that embracing traditional style in their home will lead to it becoming boring and old
fashioned. While it’s true that there can be too much of a good thing, it’s totally possible to have a gorgeous home
by borrowing aspects of traditional design. But what exactly is traditional interior design? Let’s take a look at
the key features of this timeless style, and how you can apply them to your own home.
If you haven’t worked it out already, traditional style is all about taking cues from traditional interior design.
More specifically, it borrows heavily from the 18th and 19th centuries, usually focusing on European décor but
sometimes taking inspiration from other regions. Traditional interiors use natural materials and colours, and are
often filled with antiques and pieces rich in history.
It’s important to note that if you’re a fan of wild, free-flowing interior design, traditional may not be the style
for you. A key part of the traditional style is creating a calm, orderly space, using pieces that go together and
striving for symmetry where possible. Just take a look at interiors of the 19th century and you’ll get the picture;
pillars, wall panelling, symmetrical furniture abound.
The traditional colour palette can be bold and saturated or pale and soft, but it is always welcoming and well
thought through. Neutral walls are common, but there is plenty of colour in the art, textiles, and décor that fill
the room. Think rich jewel tones like red and green, often seen in the upholstery of traditional sofas. Traditional
furniture is also nearly always made of dark wood, from a console table to the legs of a high-backed armchair, so
make sure there’s an abundance of dark wood in your home.
The best place to start when trying to get the traditional look is with traditional furniture. Both antiques and new
pieces will work, just look for furniture which replicates the timeless design of original pieces. Traditional
furniture is often ornate and heavy, and has classic features like carved wood and curved lines. The wingback chair
is a perfect example of traditional furniture design, showcasing a high back, wooden legs, and curved, winged sides.
While the main structure of the interior is ordered and consistent, the smaller details are where the character
starts to shine. Choose grand accessories like vases and
chandeliers, and bring some opulence to the room with
columns and wood panelling if you can. Centre the room around a focal point or hero piece of furniture, like a
fireplace or large sofa.
Upholstery should be high-end, so look to natural leathers and fabrics like silk and velvet. And don’t shy away from
bold patterns; using patterns like thick stripes and plaid in moderation will instantly give your home the
traditional touch. To really tie it all together, a little trim here and there won’t go amiss. Trim on pillows and
upholstered furniture gives a little extra detail and shows that care has gone into the craftsmanship.
As we’ve said before, symmetry and balance are core tenets of traditional interior design. Now, this doesn’t mean you
need all your rooms to look like perfect mirror images. Instead, look to balance both sides of the room by using
furnishings of a similar visual weight and size. For example, you don’t necessarily need two of the same armchairs
for each side of the room, but use two chairs that are a similar style and size that balance each other out.
For a colour palette that screams traditional, you can’t go wrong with yellow and green. Choose a sunny, pale yellow
for the walls, then bring in a complementary green traditional sofa and a couple of accent chairs. Bring in a dark
wood coffee table and lamp table, some traditional
table lamps, then finish it off with mirrors and
For a traditional style bedroom, you will, of course, need a traditional bed. Now, this can be anything from a
wrought iron bedframe to a timeless divan with an ornate headboard. Just make sure that it isn’t a sleek modern
design, and remember to apply the key features of traditional design here too.
For traditional bedroom furniture, look to dark wood chest of drawers, vanity tables, and bedside tables. Find
pieces with timeless design features like brass handles and turned feet for bonus points. A large rug will offer
insulation and texture, as well as keeping your feet off a cold floor in the morning. And don’t neglect lighting;
layering your lighting will give you plenty of options for illuminating your bedroom, from bedside table lamps to an
ornate ceiling light.
For the dining room, choose a wall colour that is inviting and calming, but strong enough to hold its own on more
formal occasions. A deep brick red is a great option, as are greens at the darker end of the spectrum. These will
play beautifully with dark wood furniture.
Look for a large, dark wood dining set and complementary furniture like a sideboard, console table or larder unit.
For a gorgeous traditional touch, find dining chairs with an upholstered cushion in a classic patterned fabric.
Choose wall art that adds to the traditional style, but doesn’t distract from the table – you want your guests’
attention to be on each other, not on the décor, after all.
In the dining room, you can go for statement lighting like a chandelier, or choose simpler options like hanging
pendants. Just make sure the table is illuminated, and use wall lights or lamps to highlight any features of the
room like panelling or art.
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