If you ask any design obsessives, they'll tell you that "traditional" used to mean stuffy and full of patterns and expensive objet 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
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
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 down right obsessed with this frame, and can see it being a sort of crown jewel in our home.
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An 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 it's 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
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.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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A Circular Dining Table
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
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.
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Elegant, indulgent and the ultimate relaxation spot, every traditional home should make room for a clawfoot tub. Just a quick browse through the literal thousands of tubs from Vintage Tub & Bath will have you dreaming of essential oils, candles and a long soak.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Crisp White Sheets
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 certain 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.