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Traditional Home Decor

While there are tons of designs and styles that you can choose from, many people prefer the traditional home décor, which is classic and comfortable. If you grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, chances are you grew up in a traditional home. With this style, everything has a place. The result is a room that is neat and orderly, almost predictable.

The furnishing you would find in a traditional home may seem as though they are a little outdated but they still have that classic styling. To achieve this style, you want to focus on symmetry. Furniture will be arranged on a straight axis, and usually centered in the room. You will also find that accessories and paintings will be displayed in groups of two. Although there might be some degree of formal in this style, typically, the traditional home is not as grand as a formal home. The following are some great suggestions if you are thinking about traditional home décor for your own home:
  • Furniture should be upholstered using classic lines and understated details. You want furniture that is restful and functional. The edges are generally soft and smooth, blending in with other things within the room.

  • With this style, you will find that a mixture of vertical lines is used with some horizontal lines. The pillows on the sofa will be gently curved, the legs on the furniture gently carved, and the accessories will have soft edges.

  • For the fabric, you would choose fabric that is not too textured or shiny. Typically, muted plaids, geometrics, floral, plain colors, and tone-on-tone are used most often.

  • The color actually comes in a wide selection. Many times, floral patterns are the foundation for the rest of the room. You might find that walls are painted a light color and then deeper colors are used in he furniture, accessories, and flooring. Be sure you stay away from any color that is too overpowering and never use neon.

  • The ambience that you are trying to achieve with traditional décor is a room that is homey and non-jarring.

  • For this style, you can use furniture that has been stained dark, or lighter wood as long as the lines are classic.

  • Trim and molding are usually painted a glossy white, giving the room a touch of formal. Chair railing and crown molding are very popular, as is flat wall paint, wallpaper, and white ceilings with simple beams.

  • If you are turning your dining room into a traditional room, you might consider building in some corner cabinets, using a large area rug, and matched chairs. Other pieces that can enhance the room would include a buffet, sideboard, or china cabinet.

  • The window treatments would include narrow shutters, traverse draperies, and pinch pleated sheers. If you want to embellish the windows even more, you can add a valance or cornice.

  • The accessories would include anything groups in two. This might be framed pictures or prints, vases, lamps, plants, mirrors, books, candlesticks, and so on.

  • Finally, the light fixtures would have silk shades or you could use wall sconces and floor lamps.
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