Wayfair is one of my favorite sources for all things home décor related. From furniture and lighting to art and accessories, Wayfair has an endless amount of products available in varying price points making it accessible and affordable for everyone. When they asked to interview me for their “Designer 411 – Get the Traditional Look” article, I was excited to participate. My personal style is traditional and classic with a modern twist so this article was perfect for me and I was more than happy to dish out some of my insider designer secrets! 🙂 Head over to the original post here to check it out.
Designer 411: Get the Traditional Look
Have you ever wondered what qualifies a room as traditional or which antiques you should be investing in? We have all the answers to get you on the path to the traditional home of your dreams. Read on to get the insider secrets from three of our photo gallery designers to create your ideal, classical look.
1. How do you define traditional style?
Traditional style is about the combination of classical design and creature comforts executed with elegance. At its best, it is a seamless blend of the past, and a celebration of the present. Traditional style must also honor the architecture in which it resides. — Kelly Rogers
Traditional style takes inspiration from the past to create a mix of beautiful, timeless, and refined elements where comfort is key. This style is my absolute favorite! Traditional rooms are always so warm and welcoming. It’s an elegant style that can stand the test of time. — Jeanne Campana Design
2. What are the three must-have elements in a traditional room?
First, custom lined draperies with a pleated header. Second, something brightly lacquered! The punch of color and gloss slice through the serious tendencies of a traditional space. And finally, a comfortable sofa (or two) with a rolled arm. — Kelly Rogers
Upholstered furniture with classic lines and understated details is a must. When grouped in a balanced arrangement, these pieces invite conversation in a relaxed setting. Elegant wood moldings throughout add visual weight to a traditional space, and mismatched pillows in coordinating colors and patterns finish the look. — Jeanne Campana Design
Design: Robinson Interiors
3. Do you have any tricks for mixing and matching wood finishes?
I tend to think in color undertones when it comes to wood finishes. Stained wood pieces with yellow and orange undertones often work well together, while darker finishes like the brown in walnut can mix well with reddish mahogany and cherry woods. All types of stained wood furnishings mix well with painted pieces, too. I try to mix up the wood with painted finishes in a space, or else
the room gets too dark and heavy. — Kristine Robinson
Varying wood finishes creates a layered look and can add texture and life to any room. Limit your wood finishes to two or three tones in order to maintain a balanced and cohesive look. Dark walnut floors contrast lighter wood furniture pieces and provide warmth, which is essential in a traditional space. Complete your room with an area rug to soften the contrasting colors. — Jeanne Campana Design
4. What antiques make the best investments?
It’s always a great investment to buy something that you truly love, rather than a piece just to fill a void in your room. This requires patience and resourcefulness! I recently decided to start a vintage jadeite glassware collection to display in my kitchen. Its monetary value will likely never be great, but since green is my color, I know it will always have a great deal of personal (and aesthetic) value to me. — Kelly Rogers
While many antiques are good investments and will most certainly appreciate in value over time, I tell my clients not to buy furniture for that reason. Instead, purchase antiques because you admire the item and want to live with it for a long time. Antiques are practical pieces of art. Making smart purchases of classic furniture yields a collection of treasured heirlooms that will have meaning for your family. — Kristine Robinson
Decorating with antiques instantly adds history to any home. Living with items that may never be made the same way again allows us to bring the past into the present which is what traditional style is all about. Antique furniture is built to last with better construction and materials than new mass produced furniture. Ceramics are functional and can be displayed creatively whether it’s a vase filled with flowers or a grouping of decorative plates hung on a wall. Silver, my personal favorite, can be found in items that we use in our everyday lives. Decorative silver trays, nut bowls and flatware sets that are passed down from generation to generation provide us with a sense of family history. Deciding what you like is the first step in purchasing antiques. Invest only after you have done your research and in objects that are within your budget. Make sure you have space for your new antiques and will enjoy them until it is time to sell or pass down to the next generation. — Jeanne Campana Design
Design: Kelly Rogers Interiors
5. Do you have a favorite traditional color scheme?
There are so many color schemes I enjoy, but I typically use current palettes to avoid that stuffy, dated feeling. Quality traditional furniture survives fluctuations in trends so surrounding them with updated wall colors and fabrics makes those timeless pieces truly shine. Investing in elegant furnishings early in life means you’ll always have a beautiful home that can easily transition to the latest home decor fashions. Just pop some fresh color on the walls, add some exciting new pillows or a vibrant new accessory or two and you’re all set! These are the types of items I often purchase from terrific online vendors like Wayfair and Birch Lane. — Kristine Robinson
I tend to gravitate toward warm, neutral colors in my own home. I’ll combine a mix of different textures and patterns to add interest, then complete the space with colorful accessories. — Jeanne Campana Design
For more traditional style inspiration, head over to my professional designer profile on Wayfair and shop the look of some of my favorite spaces. http://www.wayfair.com/Shop-The-Look/Designer/Jeanne-Campana-Design-D262708
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