By Roelf Nel

Traditional Decorating Design Style

Traditional styles of décor are characterized by having a classic look that stands the test of time. It defines a tranquil environment and maintains order. The architecture and furniture placements are in balance. Conversations are encouraged by the grouping of furniture.

Traditional rooms are not as sophisticated as formal rooms, but they are more glamorous than a casual or simplistic style of décor.

Furniture in a traditional style room is focused on the focal point and set up around it in straight lines that circle an axis.

Furnishings are large and follow clean lines, and are often upholstered and have no sharp edges. Accessories and furnishings appear in pairs to establish a sense of order and symmetry. However, the style is relaxed and more focused on comfort than aesthetics.

Furniture woodwork is generally clean and curvy with smooth edges and a limited number of sharp angles or vertexes.

A traditional room presents a mix of vertical lines that add sophistication, with horizontal lines that establish comfort and tranquillity. Complex patterns and bright colours are too distracting for traditional types of décor. As they usually keep within a strict theme, use plain fabrics and colours, and simple shapes like squares, triangles, and circles.

Colours are kept within a minimum wavelength of change to maintain order as much as possible. Tones are usually pale and light, pleasing to the eyes and easy to match.

Dark and bright colours can be used as accents, but are seldom employed as wall colours. Accessories are kept simple and many are limited to functionality, such as lamps, mirrors, paintings, framed laminates, and screens. However, the use of other items that are purely for decoration is also common, and these include porcelain china, plants, and vases.

The traditional style is simple and classy. Applying a combination of rules from the formal and casual styles of décor, the traditional style is a perfect mix of both.

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