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Traditional Interiors: Does this sumptuous style work for you?

Hudson River Dining Room Cupboard

Traditional style dining room in Upstate New York features classic wood china cabinet and furniture


Is a traditional interior style right for you?  Traditional style celebrates simple elegance, classic shapes, and unfussy details (see these examples of traditional style designs).  It provides soothing comfort for relaxing at home and allows guests to take a greater share of attention.  Below are 6 questions and answers to help you see if this style will give you the setting you want for your home or business:

1.  What is a Traditional Interior?

A traditional interior is usually a cozy, comfortable and calming room.  Hallmarks of a traditional room include carved moldings, fine woodwork, graceful lines, and sturdy, finely crafted furniture.  An overstuffed, sumptuous sofa, soft accent pillows, framed wall decorations and elegant fabric curtains are a few details often found in a traditional room.

2. Which Furniture Styles are Traditional?

The most popular furniture styles for traditional rooms are Sheraton, Chippendale, and Queen Anne.  Queen Anne pieces are graceful and elaborately decorated with cabriole legs, violin shaped chair backs, curved lines, and decorative finials.  Chippendale is similar to the Queen Anne style but with gently straightened out lines and greater artistic embellishment.  Sheraton pieces are delicate with straight, somewhat tapered legs with contrasting veneers and inlays.

3. What kind of Accessories Follow Traditional Style?

To complete the luxurious and elegant quality of the room, accessories often include vases, bowls, and candle stands carved with designs favored by 18th and 19th century artisans.

4. What Colors are Used in Traditional Interiors?

Walls are usually painted beige, ivory or cream.  However, a color palette consisting of bold colors can be used for dramatic effects.  For instance, an accent wall in a bold color may serve as  a backdrop for furniture pieces.  Splashes of bold colors are also found in artwork and accessories.

5. What is the Difference between Traditional, Modern and Transitional Décor?

Traditional rooms use ornament and accessories for warmth, a ‘homey’ feel, comfort and relaxation.  Modern rooms take the opposite approach, ushering calm through the use of open space, clean lines, basic shapes, and no adornment.  Transitional décor embraces the comfort of traditional design and the stylish looks of modern design.

6. Who is happiest choosing this style?

A traditional style offers the familiar comfort of using forms, colors, and materials as they have been used in past.  People who pursue a deep connection with Old World, European or early American history take great pleasure in this style.  If you crave elegance and order, this style will feel timeless and satisfying.

Traditional style spaces designed with modern-day tastes appear in the Obamas’ living quarters.  This style has also been enjoyed in the homes of celebrities like Stephen Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Traditional style influences many modern interiors.  You don’t need antiques or dark wood walls to enjoy this style.  You can find inspiration in our photo gallery at imatchdesigners.com.  Type “traditional” in the photo search box to see featured traditional interiors.

Feeling inspired? Find out more about our design talent team.  Or for immediate assistance,  contact us for a referral to a design professional that can bring traditional elegance to life in your space

5 Biggest Decorating Fears and How to Face Them

Cozy and Bold Interior design for NYC Bedroom

Cozy and Bold: New York City bedroom interior design blends copper, pale blue and eggplant in the fabrics and wall covering.

Are you paralyzed with fear at the thought of tackling a decorating project in your home? (You can say more on our Facebook page). If so, you aren’t alone.  Here are 5 biggest fears people face about interior design and how you can overcome them:

#1 — Fear of Not Knowing Where to Start

Start by figuring out what you love. Having a good feeling for what truly makes you happy is a great place to begin.  Your home should be unique to you and who you are.  Incorporate your favorite items into your design, such as shells collected from your favorite vacation.

Take a look at a piece of artwork you enjoy a lot, or some of your favorite clothes.  This can be the source of some color choices for your new design.   You can find design inspiration browsing home and garden magazines, or the Internet. If you become overwhelmed by all the information out there, you can find pre-selected images, chosen to inspire you, among the photos at www.imatchdesigners.com/portfolio.

Use photos, art, and your favorite things to wear to find ideas you love.  Take your time.  Find rooms and other objects you really respond to and that make you feel happy when you see them.

#2 — Fear of Not Knowing Anything about Design

Don’t worry; the first step isn’t about design. Your first step is to define your project. Are you decorating one room?  Is it furniture and paint, or is some remodeling needed?  Decide how much work you are willing to have done – wiring, but not moving walls for example.  It’s okay to put limits on your design project.  You don’t have to feel like you need to turn your whole house inside out or empty your bank account.  Decide where you want to stop.

#3 — Fear of Wasting Money

Prepare a list of what you need for your project, such as paint, furniture, and accessories.  In order to avoid sticker shock, check out the range of prices you can expect to pay for the most significant items you’re planning to buy, such as a sofa or kitchen appliances.  Knowing what’s typical for certain costs will help you prepare a realistic budget and stick with it.

When shopping for ideas, leave your credit cards at home. If you’re concerned about making an impulse purchase while window shopping, use an approach that gives you some time to think.  If you can’t buy on the spot, you eliminate impulse shopping as one risk factor for wasting money.

#4 — Fear of a Bad Outcome and Disapproval from Others

The first key to obtaining your desired outcome is the knowledge of knowing what moves you.  Create your own oasis.  Approval from others is secondary to your own happiness.

The second key is getting the right professional to work with you. You need to be able to talk freely with your designer.  Yes, a designer may offer to take you a little out of experience you’re used to.   And you need to be able to offer constructive feedback if the changes are too dramatic – or not dramatic enough.

If the designer you’re working with is a true professional, that person will not impose a design on you that goes against your true wishes.  You do need to be sure you’re working with a professional before you hire that person.

#5 – Fear of working with a Designer

What if you take the risk and reach out for help from a professional interior designer?  Will you be faced with a contract that you don’t understand? Will you have to pay hidden expenses?  What if you hate the proposed design? Will you be locked into a relationship with someone who turns out to be hard to work with?

These are very real fears.  We believe every person should have the best chance to succeed with a professional designer and minimum risk of problems and conflicts. But no one is born knowing what to look for or ask for in working with a professional interior designer.   We can’t promise you a flawless experience. But we can promise you our professional assistance when you choose a designer from our talent pool at iMatchDesigners.  You can call on our assistance at any stage of the process of working with a professional to help you create a space you love living in.

You do have the right to find a professional designer whose vision is exciting and appealing to you, and who you choose because they really understand and ‘get it’ – before you hire them.

To find someone who’s easy to work with, call us at iMatchDesigners. We offer for a free consultation and no-cost references to a designer who can help you create rooms that delight you, and a process that addresses your biggest concerns.

You can freely browse hundreds of inspirational designs based on room or style – and tell us what you like, at www.imatchdesigners.com.

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