How to Create a Traditional Living Space

Establish a traditional living room that exudes sophistication while remaining welcoming by layering formal furniture and decorative accents in a beautiful combination. Prioritize symmetry – such as this room’s picture lights above its focal piece – for maximum visual impact.

Warm color schemes ranging from classic blues and greens, to deep greens and reds, feel right at home in traditional living rooms. Classic patterns like stripes and old-world florals can easily be integrated in various ways into these environments.

Focal Points

Focal points help guide people’s eyes as they explore an area. Natural focal points may include fireplaces, bay windows or the largest piece of furniture in a room; artificial ones could include strategically placing furnishings around them or using wall art and lighting as accents to draw the eye toward these features. Designed focal points can also be highlighted through wall decor, art or lighting.

No matter your style of decor – be it traditional home styling or an inviting aesthetic – focal points are key components in creating the desired atmosphere of a room. Selecting the appropriate scale, color, texture and accessories helps ensure that a focal point stands out without competing with other features in the space.

Example: An eye-catching piece of art placed above a sofa can draw much-needed attention to both itself and the living space as a whole. Antique globes displayed artfully can also serve as beautiful focal points in entryways and foyers when displayed thoughtfully. Deliberately selecting natural focal points to design beautiful spaces is the first step towards crafting one.

Color Palettes

Color is an integral element of traditional living rooms, acting to both stimulate and soothe us – they should be chosen based on the amount and type of lighting present; well-lit rooms show off colors more vividly while dim illumination dulls their vibrancy.

Begin by selecting a hue you enjoy, and then consider what feeling you wish to create in your space. For a soothing environment, select yellows and greens that have soothing or cool undertones.

An external natural view can serve as inspiration for creating your palette, too. For instance, if your home overlooks the seaside, for example, selecting blues and whites might work well as starting points.

Another method is to draw inspiration from fabrics you use in your decor, such as curtains with floral prints. By matching those flowers to other hues within your living space, a harmonious color scheme can emerge.


Designing a traditional living room means paying special attention to texture. Doing so will create an inviting and homey space, drawing guests and family in. Textures come in many forms from fabrics to carved wood accents or even exposed brick walls – each texture adds depth, warmth, and character.

When working with architectural features that feature unique textures, such as vaulted ceilings, consider leaving them unadorned and allowing natural light to fill the space. This helps add warmth that complements any color scheme perfectly.

Textured window treatments and furniture are another excellent way to add texture. Striped fabrics make an elegant statement in upholstery or curtains and come in various weaves and weights to fit with any traditional interior design theme. Natural woven materials like rattan or wicker add natural textures that look stunning when combined with velvet or upholstered sofas.


Traditional rooms feature eye-catching details in every element, from textiles and accents to architectural features and even door trim paint swatches that fit the color palette of the room. Looking out for such details can help add dimension and dimension to traditional spaces, giving them a timeless charm that has stood the test of time.

Built-in shelves provide traditional living rooms with ample storage space while creating an eye-catching focal point. Consider creating an elegant aesthetic by including library-style shelving adorned with books and decorative accessories to complete this luxurious effect.

Wallpaper is an essential element in any traditional space, yet that doesn’t have to be outdated or kitsch. A heritage print in contemporary colors will add charm and balance the style while simultaneously adding contemporary flair. A rich jewel-toned painting can set the scene and serve as inspiration for furniture and textile accent colors; adding natural lighting can further define and enliven any room.