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Give Traditional Decor a Fresh Spin


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Having a traditional decor style in your home doesn't mean it's stuffy or old-fashioned. You don't have to sacrifice your traditional tastes; with a few modern touches and simple updates, your home will still be classic but with a fresher perspective—a style that's also known as transitional. Here are some spaces with updated traditional decor to inspire you.

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"Avoid selecting furniture pieces that are a matched set with the same fabric and finish, advises Henle. The room will feel flat and lack depth in wood finish, color, and texture, she explains. 'To avoid a matchy-matchy room create a layered look by mixing and combining furniture pieces that have a different finish to mix it up adding texture and interest,' Henle tells MyDomaine. 'The goal is to create a room that is not a cookie-cutter matched look but has a unique style that feels exciting and fresh.'"

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"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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"Handmade furniture, homegrown details…of course handmade tile would be part of creating this look. Whether that be in the kitchen, bathroom or anywhere else you’d use tile, you won’t see anything too fancy in shape or finish here – it’s all about simple shapes like squares and rectangles (subway) that are handmade and hand-finished to show the texture, variance and differences between each.

It’s less about a pattern or color and more about telling the story in a textural way with the tiles. Lots of whites, creams and ivories in various shades create the perfect backdrop for your ‘Modern Traditional’ kitchen (and bathroom)."

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"Fresh cut flowers and a potted fruit tree bring the outdoors in and create an aromatic experience in this dining room. The window mullions are a few shades darker than the interior color to create depth and eliminate the need for window treatments. Design: Joel Snayd"

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"In this Palm Beach house, the master bathroom walls are painted a custom faded teal. Homeowner Liza Pulitzer Calhoun chose the cast-iron claw-foot tub because it felt 'so friendly.'"

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