Start With the Architectural Framework
Before you fill up your living room with classic furniture pieces, you need to look at the bones of the place. What – if any – architectural features do you see?
- Does your living room have wainscoting, crown molding or coffered ceilings?
- Does it have built-in bookshelves or cabinetry?
- What about arched doorways, a fireplace or ceiling beams?
Decide Between Formal and Casual
You’ll want to determine whether to follow a more formal or a more casual scheme. If you’re thinking formal, you’ll want to consider tufted sofas and chairs, claw feet, engravings, velvet fabrics and ornate frames.
Perhaps you’d like casual elegance instead. You’ll want rounded or roll arm sofas and chairs, florals, stripes and plenty of cushions.
Match Your Metals
Antiqued and weathered oak and pine, along with rich walnut and cherry, feature prominently in traditional design, but that doesn’t mean wood is the only material you can use. Metals – and fabrics for that matter – play an equally important role in traditional design, but they do require certain characteristics.
Do you want to install a chandelier or pendant light fixture? Stick with one made from brushed pewter, brass, bronze or satin nickel. You’ll also want to match that metal for your floor lamps because traditional design is all about harmony and balance.
Make It Classy, Not Boring
Of course, too much matching becomes boring. That’s why you should play with fabric texture – for everything from sofas to drapes to accent cushions and more. One way to blend tradition with intrigue is to incorporate different textures in one or two complementary tones. If you want to use pops of pattern, it’s best to use varying shades of the same color, rather than different colors that would likely scream modern.
You’ll soon have a gorgeous traditional living room that’s sure to draw the attention of all who come through your front door.