Some elements of traditional decor remain popular. New trends come and go, new styles grow in popularity, each season sees new fashions taking over the high-street homeware stores and the in colours, patterns and designs are splashed across the magazines. Yet, the classics remain. They offer a retro chic. They bring a touch of style and sophistication, and they scream luxury. The classic sofas, the traditional choices, and the old-fashioned pieces bring stability and comfort to a modern home.
But, the key to keeping it cool is often finding ways to make these traditional influences and styles feel fresh and new, finding ways to team them with more modern trends and home tech to create a home that achieves the perfect mix of stylish, functional and comfortable. That reflects our own tastes and personalities, gives us everything that we need and looks cool, without seeming dated, tired or dull. Let’s take a look at how to do just that.
Choose Large Pieces Carefully
Large pieces of furniture are often the focus of our rooms. In your bedroom, your bed should be the first thing that you notice, welcoming you in. In the living room, it’s often all about the sofa, which helps to create a comforting atmosphere. For some of these pieces, going full-on traditional with antique furniture is a great option. An antique dining table or sideboard, for example, can look amazing, really set the tone of the room and add functionality.
For other pieces, it’s better you opt for new, in a traditional style. New duresta sofas give you the classic look that you are seeking, while also supplying modern comfort and durability.
Keep Things Light
It’s always a good idea to keep your walls light and clean. Neutral, bright walls make everything look fresher and add clean, crisp lines. Even if your room is filled with dark antique wood and heavy textiles, light walls add a modern touch. They open up the space, make things feel bigger and give the more traditional elements the focus that they deserve, while subtly brightening things up in the background. Maximising natural light and adding reflective surfaces can have the same effect.
Mix Pattern and Plain
Traditional elements tend to feature heavy patterns. Tiles, rugs, soft furnishings and even tableware and furniture feature bold and intricate designs. These can look fantastic, but too many too close together, or surrounded by dark, heavy colours can be hard to look at. They can make a room appear fussy and old-fashioned. Instead, use your favourite patterns sparingly. Team patterned cushions with a plain sofa and fussy curtains with a plain, light wall. Draw attention to each pattern, without crowding.
Avoid Too Many Accessories
Again, you don’t want to make the mistake of thinking that traditional means fussy. Modern homes tend to be quite minimal, which has many advantages. Don’t go crazy and buy every traditional or antique accessories that you like the look of. If you do, avoid having them all out at the same time, rotate instead.
Don’t Neglect Modern Luxuries
Aiming for a traditional style doesn’t mean that you can’t have your flat screen TV or your Amazon Echo. It just means that they shouldn’t be the focus. Display the subtly instead of highlighting them as the key elements of your room.