Traditional decorating is calm, orderly, and predictable. There is nothing wild or chaotic in a traditional room.
Furniture and accessories are place in pairs and centered in the room. There is nothing out of place or of a different style. Everything has the look that it goes together.
In general, a traditional room will use a mix of vertical lines with more restful horizontal lines. Gentle curves are seen in furniture, pillows, and accessories.
Keep in Mind
- Upholstered furniture in a traditional room exhibits classic lines and understated details. It is functional, unfussy, and restful looking.
- Color in a traditional room is often in a mid-range of tones, though very dark and very light colors can also be used.
- The overall ambiance of traditional decor is homey and understated.
- Interiors in a traditional home will often feature trim and molding that is painted glossy white. Crown molding is common and adds to the formal look.
- Accessories include pairs of lamps, urns, plants, mirrors, framed prints, china, vases, and collections of books. Pairs of objects are usually arranged in balanced symmetry.
- Light fixtures exhibit classic styling. Lamps with silk shades, wall sconces, and floor lamps might all be used.
The basis of cottage style decor is about simplicity, charm, understated design and a sense of natural elements.
One of the more popular decorating styles today is cottage style decorating, and it's no wonder since it's light and breezy style is well-suited to today's informal lifestyles. Cottage decorating is a mixture of light colors, comfortable fabrics and furniture and accessories that is easy on the eyes with a vintage appeal.
Keep in Mind
- Decorate your walls with vintage prints of the beach or other interesting items such as vintage signs, old tureen covers or plates in holders or even photographs of the outdoors.
- Beaded-board adds cozy cottage style to any room.
- Cottage style is about wide wood blinds, shirred valances, Priscillas and tab-tops on simple curtain rods. You want to keep your window treatments light and breezy.
- Don't overcrowd. Go for overlapping layers, but you should be able to sit without moving all the pillows first.
- Vary the size and shape of pillows.
- Use trims, contrast welts and bold fabrics to add character.