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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

Purple in Interior Design: The Good, the Bad, the Opportunity

Colorful foyer in purple showcases abstract prints

Colorful foyer in purple showcases abstract prints

Purple is a mix of red and blue with the power to prompt a wide range of strong emotions.  Depending on its purity or shade, it can herald royalty like monarch’s robe, sweetness like a spring flower, or play time, like a popular childhood dinosaur.  A favorite among teenagers, purple fits with young energy wrangling with the process of growing up.

For adults, purple is enjoying rising popularity in interior design.  Color trend-watching  HGTV says:  “Violet came in through the back door, catching fire in the goth trend in high schools. . . . From there it made its way to the runway and now it’s lightening as it crosses into the home; popular variations include violet, wine and true purple.”

How to Succeed with Color This Bold

Purple is not a first choice among ‘safe’ colors for decorating. Neutrals, browns, and grays are more frequent color choices for being comfortable and easy to live with.

That doesn’t make purple a bad choice.  It takes courage and confidence to choose this color in any version.  Purple is versatile.  The wrong shade can be overpowering.  The right shade can make you fall passionately in love with your lavender space.   A skilled designer will be able to create the blend of sophistication, playfulness and personality you are looking for.

If you love purple, your challenge is to find a design professional who can appreciate its power way you do, and capture it.

Pros and Cons

Purple offers several advantages in interior design.    It can:

  • work with gold, cream, and white
  • blend well with brown, blue or gray pieces
  • infuse warmth in cold climates
  • suggest cool shade in hot climates
  • spark a spirit of fun, as in a Mardi Gras party
  • suit masculine tastes, especially with darker tones
  • add richness, luxury and the urge to lounge in a space

Among the disadvantages of using purple are:

  • unintended associations with grape candy, bruises, or toddlers
  • the power to overwhelm a color scheme or throw it off balance
  • miscues that take a space from grand to gaudy
  • a risk of seeming trendy
  • a risk of making a room undesirably dark

How to Find a Designer to Help You Succeed with Purple

Many design professionals thrill at the chance to use purple in an interior design project.  You can find examples of successful work with this color by searching for “purple” on our portfolio page.

If you love this color, the direct approach may be the best way to find a designer to help you. During your interview, ask: “How to you like purple?”   If you sense a flicker of excitement, this is a good sign.  If you feel a guarded or negative reaction, that may be a sign to ask more.  Find out more about what this professional’s experience has taught.

Love Purple? Bring It On

Whether light, dark, funky, fruity or fully mature, purple empowers you to set a definite mood in your space.  If you love purple, we’re here to match you with a designer to capture the aspect you love best, so you can enjoy your space for years to come.  Schedule your appointment to find a designer, and start living with your favorite color, no matter how bold a choice it may be.