Traditional Interior Design Tips for Classy Homes

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Sometimes, the classics are the best, and nothing proves this more than traditional interior design.

It combines classy features with timeless patterns and colours to create a style that has real substance. This design choice is the perfect accompaniment to period properties and high ceilinged rooms; spaces that deserve to be filled with hand-picked trinkets and covered with fine fabrics.

If you want to achieve a traditional look in your home, follow along as we share our best traditional interior design tips.


  1. What is traditional interior design?
  2. 6 expert traditional interior design tips


1.Balance light neutral and dark, bold colours

2.Add depth with wall panelling

3.Embellish rooms with textured fabrics

4.Daring, intricate patterns

5.Incorporate considered symmetry

Traditional rugs to complete the look

What is traditional interior design?

Traditional interior design encompasses classic patterns, materials, and colours from simpler times. Often drawing inspiration from impressive stately homes of the 18th - 19th centuries, traditionally designed spaces boast deep, royal colours, carved wooden features, and detailed fabrics.

Some core features of interior design include…

  • Bold fabrics and textures
  • Ornate traditionalrugs
  • Carved wooden fixtures
  • Gilded features
  • Tall ceilings
  • Ceiling crowns and decorative moulding And much more.

6 Expert Traditional Interior Design Tips

Below, we’ll give 6 of the best interior design tips you can follow to achieve excellent traditional style in any space.

Related article: Howtochooseatraditionalrug

1. Balance light neutral and dark, bold colours

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Colour is everything when it comes to achieving a traditional look in your home. Jewelled tones like deep ruby reds, emerald greens, and navy blues make fantastic feature walls. Contrast with dark woods and warm neutral toned accessories for a traditional look that really pops.

2. Add depth with wall panelling

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A one-dimensional space has no room in traditional design. Carefully consider how you can use wooden panelling to add depth that draws interest to different areas of your home. Above, you can see that they have taken a balanced approach, using the different sections created by the panelling on their walls to dictate the placement of the mirror and sofa, keeping them central.

3. Embellish rooms with, textured fabrics

Heavier, natural fabrics such as wool and woven materials can create an unbeatable depth. Think about investing in traditional style rugs, blankets, and consider the impact of your upholstery on the room. Opt for velvets and tightly woven, thick fabrics for sofas and chairs.

4. Daring, intricate patterns

Patterns should be repetitive, consisting of symmetrical shapes and complimentary colours. Think of damask and baroque styles, use them cleverly around the room. Focus on flooring first - a parquet wooden floor decorated with rugs suits traditional design, or choose bold victorian-era tiling.

5. Incorporate considered symmetry

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You might not be lucky enough to have a grand staircase like the above image, but you can see how symmetry creates an impression.

Incorporate symmetry in a considered and practical way. Place chairs facing each other in couples, with centralised tables and ornate planters.

Traditional Rugs to Complete The Look

We may be biassed, but we don’t think there is anything that pulls a room together quite like a traditional rug.

Here are some of our favourites for 2023:

      1.      Afghan Kaynak Rug

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      2.     Indo Persian Keshan

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      3.     Chinese Aubusson Rug

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      4. Chinese Royal Yelmi Rug

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      5.     Emperor Indian Rug

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