Traditional Interior Design Concepts

Forget everything you know about traditional design! Let’s discuss some things. Over the years, this classic design has gotten a bad rap as outdated interior design. However, modern traditional design is all about inviting, warm, and stylish spaces. Traditional design is inspired by the 18th & 19th centuries, built on the concept of comfort and luxury. Here are some of our favorite traditional design essentials.

Traditional Interior Design Color Palettes 

Contemporary Traditional interior design plays with color palettes as a harmonious blend between different textures and dark and warm color tones. Rich and detailed woods layered with classic neutrals and soft linens with comforting designs are what make a traditional design interior. 

Provenance® Woven Wood Shades Hunter Douglas
Provenance® Woven Wood Shades Hunter Douglas

Traditional design color palettes are not as rigorous and confined as minimalist or Scandinavian interior designs. This design style truly embraces color. The key is continuity and harmony.

Everwood® Alternative Wood Blinds
Everwood® Alternative Wood Blinds
Havana Acacia Hardwood
Havana Acacia Hardwood

Timeless Flooring Options 

When choosing a floor for a traditional design home your best bet is to go with a classic timeless base. Check out our blog all about timeless flooring to get some ideas. Hardwood flooring in particular will bring in the warmth that is so popular in interior design. 

Urban Forest 6.5" Ash Hardwood Washington
Urban Forest 6.5″ Ash Hardwood in Washington

Stone look flooring is another one of our favorite go-to’s for traditional design but homeowners must be cautious of adding area rugs and other warm tones colors to bring in the traditional interior design concepts of warmth. 

Meridian Adura® Rigid 12x24 Vinyl Tile
Meridian Adura® Rigid 12×24 Vinyl Tile

Elevate your entrance 

We believe foyers are important for any style home, after all, they are the first impression of your home. A statement entrance however is essential for Traditional interior design homes. This is the place to experiment with more vintage glam floors. 

Urban Forest 6.5 Ash Hardwood in Seattle
Urban Forest 6.5 Ash Hardwood in Seattle

Show some character with marble checkerboard flooring in your entryway! 

Gioia Venatino 24x24 Marble
Gioia Venatino 24×24 Marble

Elevating your staircase will also give your home a sophisticated look whether the staircases are located by the foyer or another space in the house.

COREtec Stone 12x24 Vinyl Tile in Valeria Polished
COREtec Stone 12×24 Vinyl Tile in Valeria Polished

Stair runners are one of our favorite methods for elevating stairs as they bring texture and warmth.

Landscape On Trend Carpet Steel Blue
Landscape On Trend Carpet in Steel Blue

Traditional Accessories 

Florals, plaids, and patterns are back! In the last decade, we have seen the design world lean into minimalism and more streamlined looks but as more defined interior styles gain popularity, patterns are back. Traditional textures and patterns are defined by the symmetry they bring to a room. From window treatments to area rugs, traditional décor is all about the little details. 

Design Studio™ Side Panels
Design Studio™ Side Panels
Estate Somersby Area Rug
Estate Somersby Area Rug

Play up your fireplace 

Play up your fireplace! Traditional interior design loves symmetry and focal points. Playing up your fireplace design is a great method to draw the eye in and is one of our favorite design elements of traditional interior design living rooms. Traditional fireplace designs incorporate natural stone and other natural elements. Add stone cladding to your living room as another way to pull warmth into the room. 

Landscape 6x24 Natural Stone Ledger Panel
Landscape 6×24 Natural Stone Ledger Panel

Traditional Design Furniture 

Traditional design is built from its furniture. When designing a traditional home, quality regal look furniture will define the home. Traditional interior design loves symmetry, so an easy tip is to design and purchase furniture in pairs.

Design Studio™ Drapery
Design Studio™ Drapery