With the return of maximalism in 2019, Traditional Style is back in the spotlight, and with good reason- traditional design is timeless! No one wants to re-do a room only to have it feel dated in a few short years. Ironically, these trad "trends" are actually quite classic! The key to nailing this look is to mix new and vintage pieces for an eclectic look that’s at once unique and able to stand up to the passage of time. It’s basically the quintessential bohoditional aesthetic that we’re known for here at Trim. Here are a few of our favorite ways to embrace the Rad Trad look this season:
Block Print in the Bedroom
1. A block print textile in our One Room Challenge project 2. Fiona Weeks 3. Block print fabric lamp shades from Cruel Mountain Designs 4. via Pinterest 5. Elizabeth Hay Design 6. Heidi Caillier Design
On bedding, upholstery, window treatments, walls, even printed and pleated lampshades (bet you never thought those would come back!) - We are seeing block print everywhere we turn. This resurgence of love for these hand-stamped prints isn’t limited to the bedroom, but that’s the place we’re noticing and loving it the most. Block printed textiles are a classic look, one that works equally well incorporated into both bohemian and preppy styles, with it's hand-printed, imperfect symbols in repeating patterns and classic color combos.
Four Poster and Canopied Beds
They aren't just for your grandmother anymore! Stately beds are back, and while the romantic canopied and curtained versions are heating up, we're also seeing some four-posters left completely bare or adorned with low profile fabric panels or flat fabric tops sans curtains for a more modern twist on this grand style. Leaving off the curtains is also a great way to give a more gender neutral feel to a bedroom.
Historical Architectural Elements
1. Hallway wainscoting in Annabel’s Boston home. 2. Wall moulding details in the home of Katie Saro 3. Board and batten covers a formerly textured wall in Annabel’s living room. 4. Ceiling, wall, and fireplace moulding in the home of The Makerista 5. Double board & batten in a Lauren Leiss project 6. Wainscoting and an arched double door in the entry of Annabel’s mom’s home.
More and more homeowners are turning their attention beyond furnishings to the architectural elements both inside and outside their homes and they're drawing their inspiration from the 18th and 19th century. We're getting so many more clients interested in adding heavy trim and ornate moulding details to their walls, custom plaster treatments over range hoods, and we're even in the process of working on a kitchen project inspired by a 19th century Parisian butcher shop, complete with a vintage pantry door, oversized glass-fronted built-in cabinetry and old school black and white floor tiles. It’s about wanting quality in your home that starts in the bones! (Get the look: Try our DIY board and batten tutorial)
1. A wingback and a caned chair from Singapore make a pleasingly eclectic pair in Jen’s living room. 2. Alison Geise 3. A view from the home of Glenn Ban 4. Nola living room of Sara Ruffin Costello 5. A mid century modern chair mingles with a Hale barrister bookcase from the early 1900s and 19th century steamer trunk in Annabel’s living room. 6. Club chairs from the 1940s are paired with a contemporary sofa and vintage opium table in Jen’s sun room.
Mismatched bedside tables or dining chairs that contrast with the finish of the dining table create a layered and curated feel in a space- a sense of history and provenance. The surge of interest in vintage furniture shows no signs of slowing down in the near future, and embracing a mix of furnishings makes it even easier to incorporate vintage pieces into your home and create a space that feels curated, not decorated. (For more on this topic, read our vintage manifesto)
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Granny Chic Wallpaper
1. Wallpaper in a recent project from a French company that’s been in the same family for over 200 years 2. Old Home Love for the One Room Challenge 3. A traditional floral pattern in Annabel’s mom’s home. 4. The Farmhouse Project for the One Room Challenge 5. From a design by Lauren Leiss 6. Erin Kestenbaum for the One Room Challenge
Did you ever think chintz and toile could feel cutting edge? Because that’s exactly what we’re seeing as designers resurrect and reinterpret these traditional patterns. Many of these classic prints, particularly chinoiserie, are actually quite whimsical and come in playful and refreshing colorways. The key is pairing these traditional papers with unexpectedly quirky or structurally modern furniture and decor. That mix of edgy and traditional is just so fresh and damn sophisticated. (For more wallpaper talk: The Perks of Being a Wallpaper)
You probably know this piece of furniture as the chaise lounge (or chaise longue if you’re from across the pond), but I grew up calling them fainting couches due to some southern lore that they were invented to gracefully catch ladies who were constantly passing out due to overly constrictive corsets. This probably did happen on many a chaise, but apparently they’ve been around since long before the Guilded Age. Whatever their origins and whatever you call them, these long chairs (the literal French translation of chaise lounge is “long chair”) are BACK in a big way. They’re showing up in boutique hotels, private homes and all the design magazines. It’s really no surprise- wouldn’t you rather lounge than sit as you read that book? And who doesn’t secretly wish they could fling themselves dramatically down onto a chaise when their family members are driving them nuts? Personally, we love using one as an elegant accent piece in a master bedroom or living room. There are plenty of new models popping up in showrooms, but we prefer sourcing a vintage piece with great lines and transforming it with a fresh upholstery job.
Classical Statuary and Oil Paintings
1. An oil painting anchors this vignette atop a vintage barrister bookcase. Shop it here. 2. Kristin Laing 3. A pair of small oil paintings hung vertically in Annabel’s mom’s home. 4. A Victorian parian ware bust from The Shophouse. 5. Natasha Habermann 6. Alison Kist Interiors
Traditional style is all about looking back toward the past and infusing your home with an heirloom, handmade style. Think of yourself as a visual storyteller, carefully curating a home with a sense of history, warmth, and a delicate balance of rustic and sophisticated. This might sound confusing and intimidating but it should really be fun and personal. One of the quickest way to make a space personal is with art- our response to a piece of art is always deeply individual, anchored in the associations conjured by our unique life experiences. So if you’re looking to make a space feel personal, heir-loomy, and achieve that perfect rustic-sophisticated balance, vintage oil paintings and statuary are a no-brainer. Paintings and statues give off fancy-formal-historical vibes, and vintage ones with a nice patina of age feel rustic at the same time. Nailed it! (I’m sorry, but I can’t resist inserting this dad-pun: Time to bust out the bust!)
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By now you probably have some questions about this paradoxical Traditional Trend, but first…we’d love to know, are you into this style? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you think you could actually make it work in your home or is it not for you? We’re obviously bohoditional evangelists, but we appreciate hearing from a variety of perspectives.
Let us know below in the comments and we will be sure to reply. And stay tuned for more on this style, we’re going to be addressing how to build a room color scheme from a vintage rug, how to combine pillows and we’ll share some Get The Look posts including new 3-D room renderings and suggestions for pieces you can shop online.