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.
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
New traditional interiors have the freedom to mix and match finishes and periods while also playing with scale.
Play with Art & Details
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.
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.”
Swap out the Oriental rug with something textured, like sisal or seagrass, or choose something more modern with a large-scale pattern.
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!