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New Looks to Love: New Traditional

New Looks to Love: New Traditional


We’ve all heard the saying “out with the old and in with the new.” But the New Traditional look flips this dated belief on its head by celebrating classic lines with reimagined design elements. This approach to decorating breathes new life into classic, time-honored designs with unexpected colors and fabrics.

The Inspiration

New Traditional is a way to turn timelessness into trend by melding decor with a wink and classic designs. Trends change, but the classics endure. With a room anchored in classic furniture, keeping your space fresh is all in the details.

Get the Look

1.     Set the scene with tailored upholstery, burnished metals and pops of rich color.

New Traditional is ideal for showcasing those family heirlooms like chests, trunks and upholstered leather. Incorporate whimsical decor in burnished metals like brass-finished dachshund bookends. Don’t forget to soften things up with washed velvet pillows in vibrant jewel tones.

2.      Prep it up with iconic patterns.

Feature pops of classic plaid and stripes in new ways that are less “prep school” and more “new school.” Casually drape a plaid throw over the arm of a sofa or mix and match plaid pillows with luminous velvet. Unroll a striped rug to tie it all together.

3.      Incorporate an eclectic chair for a hint of drama.

Just because a chair has classic lines, doesn’t mean it has to have traditional upholstery. Go for the wow factor with a statement chair dressed in leather and sherpa or durable denim. With an eclectic chair, calling “shotgun!” will no longer be for the car.

Make It Yours

Are you ready for your close up? Decorate with drama to infuse the New Traditional look into your space. Add visual interest with a gallery wall of your favorite art and photos framed in mix-and-matched shapes and sizes.

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