Modern, sleek decor isn’t for everyone. For many, a touch of formality or other traditional elements is the ultimate in luxury. Creating a traditional feel doesn’t have to overwhelm a space or feel outdated. Touches of tradition can be elegant and elevate a space to feel timeless rather than trendy.
Where do you start? And where do you save vs. splurge? Here are some top tips.
- Do blend old with new. Try pairing antiques with more modern elements.
- Do source locally. Your local antique shop, flea market or estate sale can be a wonderful source for traditional furniture and other decor.
- Do incorporate heirloom pieces or others that have personal or sentimental meaning.
- Do consider adding one-of-a-kind elements such as original murals or artwork.
- Do use furniture elements with traditional details such as nailheads and tufted upholstery.
- Don’t cover up or conceal original detail. Highlight historical details such as original wood.
- Don’t ignore traditional finishes such as marble and granite if looking for finishes that will feel timeless.
- Don’t use elements that are considered dated or old-fashioned.
- Don’t oversaturate a room with too much color. Muted, understated tones often feel more traditional and elegant.
- Don’t ignore the power of mirrors. Large mirrors can not only help to make a room feel large and airy but also can be used as a focal point and key design element.
By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS). Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design home staging expert and short-term rental/vacation home designer. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.