Traditional interior design imitates classic European decor. Symbols of this style usually comprise deep wood tones, architectural details, and sophisticated furnishings. This style is quite versatile and can be combined with other interior fundamentals to create a exclusive look in a room.
One of the most important aspects of traditional interior design is the silhouettes, also called the lines, of the furnishings. Wing-backed chairs, claw footed tables, and curved furniture pieces that imitate the 18th and 19th centuries are examples of this. Antiques are also often combined into this design style, but many companies sell new pieces that mimic the lines of the old.
Though sophisticated, traditional interior design often also highlights simplicity and comfort in its layout. Combinations of furniture and accessories are common in this design scheme. This is often done to make a feel of symmetry around a central point, such as a favourite work of art, a fireplace, or a large piece of furniture.
- The Colour: The walls are characteristically painted neutral to visually ground the intricate furnishings. While such colours may also be used for large furnished pieces, most furniture in this type of room joins rich shades of colours like red, blue, and brown. Artwork and accessories often include more vibrant colours in a traditionally designed room.
- The Fabrics: Fabrics often come in block colours, but many also feature patterns such as florals, damasks, or paisleys. These textiles are often luxurious materials like silk, velvet, or cashmere. Many designers consider this style to be flexible enough to also integrate more affordable and easy to care for fabrics, such as cotton or linen. Accents, like throw pillows, may then be used to combine the costlier textiles.
- Wood: Rich tones are another key component in traditional interior design. Dark woods like cherry, maple, and mahogany are characteristically used in furniture pieces of this style. These are often carved and lacquered to give them a deluxe, sophisticated feel. Wood floors are also considered a staple for this decor, although tile and carpet are often used as well.
- The Accents: Architectural embellishments are extensively used in this type of interior design. These can comprise elaborate mouldings, bevelled wood panelling, and complex tile and wood floor patterns. Arches, columns, and built-in cabinetry are also common features of this type of design.