21 Traditional Decorating Ideas for Living Rooms

Turkish rug in traditional living room

Interior Anthology 

Traditional décor is an expansive category that includes a wide range of decorating styles from French country to neoclassical. Think classic furnishings, elegant wallpaper, beautiful curtains, antique accents, patterned or textured rugs, statement lighting, and last but not least, thoughtful color schemes. But do not think spaces like these feel overdone or stuffy. These days interior designers are giving traditional style a fresh and modern twist. Our favorite 21 examples share how.

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    Country Club Traditional

    country club traditional living room
    Studio McGee

    The interior design firm Studio McGee dubbed this assignment The Country Club Traditional Project. The goal was to give their client's traditional styled home a fresh and modern update. The pretty patterned wallpaper adds personality to the neutral dining room while creating visual separation from the rest of the space. The interior designer paid close attention to texture when sprucing the living room. A prime example? Notice the cowhide layered over the seagrass rug — It adds a layer of softness, which makes the area free more inviting underfoot.

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    Traditional Dining Room That Feels Modern

    traditional dining room with a modern twist
    Libra Studio

    The homeowners wanted a traditional dining room that felt fresh and hip. Enter interior design firm, Libra Studio.

    The formal dining room table and chairs set the tone. The bar cart on the right is a practical feature that is also pretty. The vintage, art deco buffet adds sophistication while serving a purpose. The gorgeous chandelier with classic linen shades by Jonathan Adler is pure elegance. The bold art on the wall adds a considerable dose of visual interest. Artfully arranged greenery enliven things.

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    How to Create a Traditional Living Room

    modern and classic living room
    Turek Design

    A Chesterfield sofa sets the tone in this traditional living room by Turek Design. Matching sets of end tables, table lamps, and accent chairs create a symmetrical arrangement that feels both elegant and effortless. The large painting over the sofa unifies the room's color scheme. 

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    Bright and Airy Traditional Living Room

    crisp traditional living room
    Square House Studios

    The couple who owns this condo hired Square House Studios to create a traditional space with a bright and airy vibe. A gorgeous mix of small decorative pieces blends beautifully with the neutral color scheme. Metallic accents including the legs on the marble coffee table and brass sculptures on the shelves add a little glitz. The custom cabinetry and exacting millwork lend elegance. The Belgian inspired sofa is by Restoration Hardware. It is balanced by sophisticated seating: a small wing chair and a contemporary club chair.

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    Beach Inspired Traditional Decor

    Beach style traditional living room
    Pinney Designs

    We think the best examples of traditional decorating feels both formal and approachable — like this beach-inspired living room brimming with traditional elements by Pinney Designs.

    The landscape painting over the fireplace brings color while anchoring the room. The tone on tone color scheme establishes an incredibly relaxing and soothing vibe without feeling too casual. Symmetry, as shown by the two matching sofas and the set of floor lamps, is a hallmark of the traditional style.

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    This Foyer Makes a Stellar First Impression

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    Martha O'Hara Interiors

    A traditional foyer by Martha O'Hara Interiors makes a chic first impression with old world inspired furnishings. A Louis armchair creates a spot to put on or take off shoes. A classic, rounded cabinet works as a landing strip. Superb wainscoting dresses up the walls. A quatrefoil mirror adds sparkle.

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    Symmetrical Interior Design

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    Interior Anthology

    Here is a classic example of a traditional sitting room by the design team at Interior Anthology. The color palette sticks to neutral tones highlighted by soft, metallic accents. Notice the symmetry in the space that establishes balance — the end tables, mirrors, and lamps flanking the fireplace. The wallpaper brings delicate pattern. The impressionist painting over the fireplace lends warmth.

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    Beautiful White Bedroom with Walnut Furniture

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    Get Decorated

    At first glance, this bedroom by the interior design firm, Get Decorated, feels incredibly modern — and it is. But upon closer inspection, you will notice staples of traditional decorating. Matching walnut end tables and a set of ceramic lamps flank the bed. The upholstered headboard is a tasteful feature that feels luxurious. Flowers and greenery punch up the mostly white room with small doses of colors.

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    How to Blend Decorative Accents

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    Heather Garrett Design

    We mentioned earlier that traditional décor incorporates a pretty broad range of styles. Here, the design team behind Heather Garrett Design blend decorative pieces from different periods and artistic traditions to create a stunning vignette. Brass accents including the drawer knobs and statement lighting unify the look.

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    Traditional White Kitchen

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    Turek Design

    Architectural details, old world inspired furniture, and quality materials are all hallmarks of traditional kitchens. This white space by the interior design firm, Turek Design is chock-full of tasteful embellishments. Crown molding tops the cabinets. Over the range is a custom hood surround. The marble backsplash has a lovely inset around the pot filler faucet. The countertops were cut from quality black marble with frosty veining. The back spindle bar stools pour on the old-fashioned charm.

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    Cozy and Elegant Den

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    Interior Anthology

    This cozy den by the designer team at Interior Anthology has a distinctly masculine edge from the dark color scheme to the comfortable leather furniture. The Persian rug is a traditional piece that provides something soft to sink toes. The built-in bookcases add practical function while introducing symmetry. The piano, which is the focal point in the room, throws focus to the gallery wall behind it.

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    Traditional Dining Room Dressed in Yellow

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    Martha O'Hara Interiors

    Yellow reigns in a traditional dining room by Martha O'Hara Interiors. Pretty patterned curtains frame the French doors leading to the deck. The velvet upholstered chairs are an excellent match for the sunny space. The iron chandelier is a chic and timeless feature. The farmhouse-inspired table gives the lovely room a fresh, contemporary spin. 

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    How to Make a Traditional Bedroom More Inviting

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    Homepolish

    The crowning jewel in this traditional master bedroom spotted on Homepolish is the hand carved, four poster bed frame. Two wood end tables that match in color but not style along with wall mounted lighting lend balance. Quirky and colorful accent pillows and a pompom blanket make the room feel more inviting by neutralizing the furniture's formal vibe.

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    Creating a Tasteful Vignette

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    Square House Studios

    Here is a tasteful vignette with roots in traditional style by Square House Studios. The display combines pieces from different eras and artistic styles. Anchoring the array is a glass-topped midcentury sideboard. The framed art above it shares a color scheme. The matching lamps add symmetry. The bear sculpture in the middle is one of the homeowner's prized possessions.

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    Brighten Up With Traditional Colors

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    Martha O'Hara Interiors

    Blue and coral are favorite traditional design colors. In this Victoria revival decorated by Martha O'Hara Interiors, the lovely hues brighten the walls with dark wood embellishments. Metallic accents including the brass fire screen add a bit of glitz. The crystal chandelier lends old school glam. The rug on the floor brings all the colors used throughout the room together.

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    Pitch Perfect Traditional Living Room

    Turkish rug in traditional living room
    Interior Anthology

    This gorgeous traditional living room by Interior Anthology conveys old-world glamour by combining warm, beautiful colors with luxurious fabrics and classic accents.

    An Oriental rug establishes the opulent yet welcoming look. The painting over the sofa incorporates all the colors woven throughout the room. Accent pillows in luxurious fabrics dress up the neutral sofa. A wood carved accent chair adds stately pizazz. A vintage black lacquered Chinoiserie coffee table adds to the room's swoon-worthy style.

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    Traditional Decorating Can Feel Eclectic

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    Yes Associates

    In this large living room by design firm, Yes Associates, a midcentury modern sofa is combined with a mash-up of traditional furnishing from different eras. Notice the décor, though abundant, is not cluttered but carefully controlled and chosen with care. The result is an eclectic, yet traditional space that is comfortable and yet elegant.

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    Make a Statement With Quirky Antiques

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    Havenly

    Make a stylish statement with a traditional interior filled with found pieces. This bedroom featured on Havenly is virtually brimming with antiques collected during travels abroad. The animal print carpet, which sets the color scheme, instantly grabs our eyes. Decorative accessories that cover the wall add architectural appeal. Monogram bedding lends preppy flair.

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    Traditional Girls Bedroom

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    Turek Design

    A French provincial headboard adds a romantic touch to this traditional girls bedroom by Turek Design. Matching nightstands and lamps flank the bed. At the foot of the mattress is a plush, upholstered bench with Hepplewhite style legs. Sweetening the space are the walls in ballerina pink by Benjamin Moore. The finishing touch is the elegant crown molding that takes the charming room to a sophisticated new level.

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    Colorful Furniture in Traditional Styles

    Traditional living room in Brooklyn
    Jessica Helgerson Interiors

    The owner of this Brooklyn town house wanted to fill the historic home with traditional décor in playful colors and decorative finishes. In the living room, Jessica Helgerson Interiors choose to anchor the space with a multihued rug. Classic furniture in unexpected colors was next artfully arranged. The Branching Chandelier by Lindsey Adelman is a modern and timeless feature that adds drama.

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    Elegant Kitchen Lighting

    traditional kitchen with fabric stools
    Martha O'Hara Interiors

    We love traditional cooking spaces that include invigorating pops of color like this example by Martha O'Hara Interiors. Pretty fabric dresses up the counter stools. The kitchen cabinets resemble fine furniture. The navy kitchen island adds depth. Notice the back walls? They are two different neutral shades. Another notable feature in traditional kitchens is statement lighting that feels more elegant than utilitarian. Here two chrome lantern pendants get the job done.