8 Home Accessories for a Modern Take on Traditional Home Decor

Modern Design

Rifle Paper Co.

If you ask any design obsessives, they'll tell you that "traditional" used to mean stuffy and full of patterns and valuable objects d’ art. And while some of those elements — like bold prints and statement decor items — still add sophistication and drama to your home, they don't have to make it feel dated and precious.

Modern traditional homes have an air of lightness and unfussy design that incorporate classic lines and timeless touches but feel much more contemporary.

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    A Tufted Leather Bench

    Tufted Leather Bench


    The clean lines and leather top of this bench/coffee table give it all the qualifications of a "traditional" piece of furniture, but none of the dated looks. The shining chrome legs and buttery blonde leather feel bright and modern—perfect for a home that's anything but boring. 

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    A Four-Poster Bed

    Four-Poster Bed


    When it comes to the bedroom, it doesn't get more old school and traditional than a four-poster bed (Canopy optional). To make this dramatic furniture piece feel more fun, consider investing in Anthropologie's bold four-poster lucite bed. Honestly, we're downright obsessed with this frame and can see it being a sort of crown jewel in our home.

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    An Oriental Rug

    Oriental Rug


    Another staple of the traditional home, oriental rugs have been experiencing a renaissance in all kinds of design themes. We singled out this affordable rug from Wayfair because of its classic patterns but contemporary color scheme. And like your favorite pair of distressed jeans, it comes with some slight fading and wear for an authentic, well-loved look.

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    A Gilded Mirror

    Gilded Mirror


    Since the days of Versailles, a gilded mirror has been a sign of classic design and style. To update this piece, go for a circular shape. Round mirrors have been trending in modern interior design lately, so this gold-framed version brings together the best of old and new world appeal.

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    Bamboo End Table

    Bamboo End Table


    Does bamboo give you the same Palm Beach prep vibes that it does for us? This look has traditional roots, but with pretty silver legs and a glass top, this end (or side) table feels fresh and current.

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    A Circular Dining Table

    Circular Dining Table

    Serena & Lily

    If there was one single online store that epitomized the idea of "modern traditional," Serena & Lily would be it. A perfect example is their Downing dining table, a white lacquered circular table inspired by a vintage piece from the 1960s. We love how they've paired it with wicker bistro chairs, and a similar look in your home will feel far from stuffy.

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    Toile Patterned Wallpaper

    Toile Patterned Wallpaper
    Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co

    What sounds more stuffy and traditional than toile wallpaper? Nothing, probably. But whimsical stationary powerhouse Rifle Paper Co has turned toile upside down with their playful metallic and black cityscape toile wallpaper. We love how bold this pattern is, and could see it being the perfect quirky touch in a traditionally designed home—as a statement wall or all-over in a powder room.

    Rifle Paper Co Cityscape Toile, $140, Rifle Paper Co

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    Crisp White Sheets

    Crisp White Sheets

    Parachute Home

    Okay, okay, we'll admit that just about any bedroom setup can benefit from a set of crisp white sheets, but they do have a particular ability to conjure up images of fancy hotel rooms and perfectly folded hospital corners. You can't go wrong with white bed linens, and we happen to think the best (and most Instagram-friendly) sheets come from California cool brand, Parachute Home.