Traditional home decor: The basics

by Roger Snyder 06/06/2022

In interior design, traditional home decor is considered a timeless staple. By emulating traditions of the past without pinpointing any specific era, traditional decor creates warm and welcoming atmospheres in any room. If you're interested in trying traditional style in your home, here is a guide to the basics.

Characteristics of traditional interior design

To make the best use of traditional interior design at home, it's important to understand and recognize the key characteristics. Some specifics include:

  • Furniture, decor and art originating in 18th and 19th century European design
  • Comfortable, functional room layouts accommodating groups of people
  • Emphasis on symmetry, specifically in matching pairs of furnishings
  • Traditional interior architectural elements like wainscoting and crown molding
  • Neutral, comfy color palettes
  • Patterns are usually subtle

Tips for using traditional home decor

Now that you're more familiar with the basic elements of traditional design, you can begin experimenting with it in your own home. Here are some ways you can bring traditional style to any room:

  • When choosing colors, opt for earthy neutrals and subdued jewel tones.
  • Choose subtle patterns for upholstery, window treatments, wallpaper and other textiles. Some of these patterns include stripes, florals and plaids.
  • Try simple and classic light fixtures like sconces, chandeliers and pendants.
  • Incorporate darker wood tones such as walnut into furniture and flooring.
  • Avoid clutter, but add a healthy amount of traditional accessories including candelabras, ceramic vases, antique silver and china sets.
  • Add an overdyed Persian-inspired area rug for instant traditional charm.
  • Try matching sets of lamps, end tables or chairs. However, avoid matching too many elements in the same room to keep the design feeling natural.

Traditional home decor can be elegant and timeless without feeling overly formal. Try incorporating these elements into your current decor for a more natural style transition. Once you learn to recognize the characteristics, you'll find it simple to bring traditional design into any part of your home.

About the Author
Author

Roger Snyder

As a Miami native, Roger understands the local market and neighborhoods like few other agents can. Roger takes the time to listen to his clients, and they appreciate his friendly, honest, and practical approach. His background enables him to navigate the social and technical aspects of the marketplace. Roger offers an informed and efficient service and strives to make the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible for his clients. 

After graduating from South Miami High School, Roger enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended Southern Illinois University where he earned a degree in industrial technology. Roger went on to enjoy a career with the Department of Defense, and has held executive positions in sales, engineering, marketing, and business development before transitioning into real estate. His interdisciplinary background enables him to better understand the dynamics of today’s real estate environment and clients appreciate his friendly, candid and hands-on business style.

During his free time, Roger is a dedicated father, volunteer, coach handyman and backyard mechanic. He is committed to giving back to the community serving as a Foundation Board Member of Community Health of South Florida, and is the Frist Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 133 and is the Post Commander of Post 243 of the Jewish War Veterans.