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are new traditional interiors right for you?

When it comes to design styles, many people find their preferences straddle more than one distinct genre. They may have inherited certain traditional pieces that hold sentimental value, but also like the look of more contemporary interiors. This bridging of styles has resulted in the emergence of new traditional interiors.

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Designer Amy Bergman with architect Linda MacArthur | photo: Emily Followill

Matched furniture, multiple patterns, heavy layers, and saturated colours can feel overwhelming. So new traditional lightens it up while still maintaining a certain level of formality and classic silhouettes.

Mix & Match

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Neil Patrick Harris’ home via Architectural Digest

New traditional interiors have the freedom to mix and match finishes and periods while also playing with scale.

Play with Art & Details

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Karla Amadatsu via Style at Home

Consider pairing classical furnishings with contemporary art and luxury details. You might opt for a single overscale piece of art or arranging a series close together so that they appear as one whole.

Get Solid

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via BHG

An easy way to update a traditional look is to re-cover your pieces in solid fabrics. As Barbara Barry says, “It immediately makes an old piece new again, and you read the shape of the piece more as a form.”

Rugs

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Mark Cunningham Inc. via Architectural Digest

Swap out the Oriental rug with something textured, like sisal or seagrass, or choose something more modern with a large-scale pattern.

Transparency

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via One Kings Lane

Instantly freshen upholstered pieces with brass tacks. Or introduce a playful, more youthful vibe by bringing lucite or acrylic into the room. Transparent furniture has the added benefit of being great for small spaces!

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