Home interior design has exploded since the beginning of the 21st century, and even back in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s there existed a wide variety of different styles to choose from.
The difficulty, no matter what era your home theme is from, is making a theme your own and keeping it unique to you. Style is everything.
So, maybe more modern designs like the cottage core, neo-traditional, or futuristic modern themes are not really your cup of tea? Not to worry! In today’s article, we will explore ways you can stylize traditional themes without going too against the grain.
Make Use Of Hardwood
It is expensive, but you won’t need to worry about the quality of the products you are paying for. Hardwoods like Oak, Maple, Meranti, and Teak have always been associated with a sense of grandeur.
And when going for a more traditional feel, a sense of ornate grandeur is always part of the package. It is what separates the traditional theme from other styles of interior design. Hardwoods are often associated with this sense of the ornate.
But you don’t need to splash too much cash. Start small with things like your skirtings and moldings. The walls themselves can be easily dressed up to suit the aesthetic, but skirtings and moldings are a lot harder to work with.
Less Is More
Sometimes, going all-out isn’t needed. In fact, if you want an attractive traditional look, why not strip things back a bit.
Bare walls, for example, look fabulous and give off a really nice simple look that you can carry throughout the home. No need to overcomplicate things with wallwork that looks the part when your bare wall itself does a better job.
Authenticity is key, so stripping walls and floors to reveal beautiful brickwork and wooden boards will really bring things together.
Just remember to make sure that insulation still comes first so if you are opting for a stripped-back aesthetic, make sure that you have enough insulation to keep things warm in the winter
Use High-Quality Rugs
Rugs tend to have fallen out of fashion for modern styled aesthetics, and when they are used it tends to be sparing. That being said, when styling for a traditional aesthetic, you can’t just go for any old rug.
Try to complement your furnishings with matching rugs. Use rugs to highlight your coffee table, dining table, and your main seats in your living room like the sofas or armchairs. This can create a very homely feel that can elevate a traditional theme.
Try sticking to antique-styled rugs like shag carpets and if it goes with your aesthetic, try to stick to Persian, Oriental, European, or Victorian styles that are intricate with their design.
Bring On Specialists
Bringing on specialists can be a risk, as we all know, but you can narrow options down to the right ones through our bootcamp, and when you do so, you can bring on some great assistance.
While some contractors cover a wide range of jobs, you may be better off investing in true specialists who can carry out work such as wood engraving and stained window art.
This will help you get that classy classic look, all while making your home uniquely yours.
Don’t Forget Your Radiators
The one common mistake people make with the traditional theme is keeping their radiators the same or trying to conceal them. This can make the room look stuffy, cramped, or just outright mismatched.
This isn’t the case with every home, but it is always a better idea to choose a radiator that fits with the interior design style you are trying to forge.
For the traditional theme, radiators such as raw metal radiators or cast-iron radiators are good choices. It is only recently that radiators have begun to take on an aesthetic role in the home.
Historically, they were most commonly built for efficiency and utility purposes. Taking it back to its roots is a good way to create an authentic feeling traditional theme for your home.
Make It Yours
Want a traditional look? great, but the cookie-cutter aesthetic just won’t do. Something beautiful happens when you truly invest time and passion into a remodeling project.
Make that home or room properly reflect you and who you are as a person and that requires you to be hands-on.
Once work has been done, make sure that you continue to make your home your own with trinkets and heirlooms that mean something special to you. Remember, you aren’t remodeling so that you can spend time in it, you are remodeling to make it truly yours.
A Final Say
When designing your home, it is important to do what feels right for you. There’s no point forging a traditional aesthetic you aren’t going to enjoy living in. Your wants and desires from a home should be paramount!