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How to Create a Traditional Themed Home

Have you heard your friends talking about having a traditionally styled home and thought you like the sound of it? Do you know what traditional truly means, however?

It means any number of different things, depending on who you’re talking to about it. Traditional is a recognised style in the interior design world, and there is an agreed number of features. Before you start looking for ways to redecorate your home or make any home improvements, here are some tips to help you decide whether traditional is the style for you, or you’d rather stay with something more modern.


What Should a Traditional Home Feel Like?
A traditional home should be calm, orderly and predictable. In the traditional decorating world, there is no place for random, chaotic or wild. Many of the furnishings in this type of home might feel outdated. However, they do match and are consistent. The look and feel of all the pieces are that they go together. The pieces could be reproductions or the genuine article, but they are most definitely not modern or eclectic. All age groups should feel comfortable because the house will have a familiar feel about it. Overall, it should feel very homey, under-stated and welcoming.

What Should a Traditional Room Contain?
Fabrics and colours should be middle of the road: neither too shiny or textured, overly bright or too dark. Mid-range colours are good ones to choose as are floral patterns, stripes, geometrics and small all-over patterns. Crown moulding is a common addition in a traditional home as it adds to the formal look. Trims and moulding tend to be painted white to complement the ceilings.

The positioning of the furniture pieces is important if you want to create a traditional feel. It should be arranged on a straight axis within a room. For example, the sofa in the living room should face or be positioned perpendicular to the fireplace. Your bed should back up to the centre of the longest wall.

Wooden furniture is generally a mixture of straight and curved lines and tends to be finished using lighter woods rather than dark stains.

For traditional looking windows, consider narrow shutters, traverse curtains and pleated sheers underneath. Furthermore, wooden sash windows will also add a more authentic feel.

Accessories and fixtures should be classic in style. For example, urns, framed prints, porcelain vases, pairs of lamps and collections of books. Silk shades should be used for lamps, with the addition of floor lamps and sconces if more light is needed. With regards to colour, the shades should be ivory or white. In the dining room, you can showcase elegant china, glassware and silver, much of which will be classically gold-rimmed.

Follow the tips mentioned above, and your home will be traditional enough to grace the pages of an interior design magazine. Many of the changes you make will require a small amount of investment, but if you shop around a look at second-hand options, you should be able to achieve the required look on a budget.

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