Timeless interior design themes 1: traditional

This week we're going to take a look at 7 of the most popular interior design styles. The first is traditional where roots are firmly in the past but the style and comfort of modern living is embraced. Shapes: Gentle curves are typical of traditional design styles. Furniture has graceful curved legs and are typically in rich dark colours such as mahogany or dark oak. Rolled arms for sofas and chairs, with Chesterfield styles being extremely popular.

Colour: The colours you choose can help to set the level of formality you want in your home. Deep colours such as red or green are the most common wall colours if you want to create a higher level of formality – think along the lines of grand town or country mansions. In contrast paler colours and neutrals can offer a more contemporary look. Always choose a colour you love and consider how you want your rooms to feel before deciding which colour direction you want to go.

Lighting: Elegant glass, porcelain and metal lamp shades are the typical traditional styles. In dining rooms you can add a touch of grandeur with chandeliers. Table, floor and wall lamps can be used to highlight works of art or create quiet reading corners. Fabrics: Made to measure and tailor made window dressings with coordinating fabrics for upholstered pieces of furniture are always present in a traditional styled home.

Look for curtain fabrics online and choose floral prints, toned vertical stripes or textural patterns in Damask, Jacquard and cotton are great choices. The colour of your fabrics should be dictated by the level of formality you want in a room. Architectural details: Fine ceiling mouldings and chair rails will help to anchor this interior design style in your home.

Look for ornate centre ceiling mouldings along with cornices and even picture rails. Window dressings: Full length curtains uk are ideal, use fully lined blackout curtains if you live in an older style property or simply want to help lower your fuel bills. Curtain lining will help your curtains to hang correctly as well as helping to prevent your furniture from fading.

Traditional interior design style tips: You can easily adapt a traditional style to a more eclectic and up-to-date look by mixing accessories and fabrics. Things should coordinate but they don't have to be an exact match, allowing you to use stripes with florals, checks or scroll prints. Genuine antiques will always compliment this interior design style by referencing it to the past, however, replicas and reproductions work equally as well if you're on a budget.

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