Traditions are a vital part of the fabric that makes up our society and our families. With everything in the world attempting to pull us apart from one another, it is our traditions that calls us together once again. While you may not think that traditions have much to do with interior design, they’re actually quite important. Traditionally designed living spaces have much the same effect on our moods, attitudes and overall happiness that real, honest traditions do.
It’s for this reason that many homeowners will elect to design their living rooms in a traditional way. Given that the living room is, in many ways, the beating heart of any home, it’s important that this space create the convivial atmosphere that tradition creates.
However, while it’s nice to think of having a traditional living room, it’s another thing all together to actually design one. For this reason, we’ve decided to collect 23 examples of living rooms that get traditional design right. As you’ll see, though, being traditional doesn’t mean being boring. Instead, you can apply traditional living room design concepts and schemes to virtually any style and personality you might imagine. And, if you do, you’ll end up with a warm, inviting space that will be a joy for you, your family and your home’s guests. Let’s take a look.
When you’re designing a traditional living room, leather furniture pieces should always be under consideration, particularly if they’ll be balanced by wood tables.
In order to add contrast to this traditional living room design, dark curtains have been used around the windows and French doors.
With light, yellow walls, this traditional living room has brightness to give, which makes the choice of darker furniture a sound one.
4. White and Blue
The balance of ample white with blue accents totally makes the traditional vibe of this beautiful living room.
With beautiful hardwood floors throughout, this traditional living room makes minimal choices in order to preserve the sense of bright, open space.
6. Upholstery Patterns
Another way to get a traditional vibe for your living room design is to use an eclectic mix of attractive patterned upholstery.
This beautiful traditional living room gets a lot of mileage out of its gorgeous wood and stone built-in unit.
8. Open-Concept Traditional
This living room does an exceptional job of bringing the traditional look to an open-concept space. Of particular note is the charming area rug, which separates the space from those around it.
9. Unique Pieces
As with any other style of design, you’ll want to have a unique touch in your traditional living room. Here it comes from the wicker tables.
10. Contemporary Traditions
With a piano situated beneath the windows, this contemporary living room inflects itself with traditional charm.
11. Light and Dark
Given that traditional living rooms will typically feature white, it’s important to add dark notes that add a sense of definition to the space.
12. Wood Detailing
When you’re featuring wood pieces in a traditional living room design, you’ll want to pay attention to detailing.
13. Peachy Keen
The peach notes that have been used in this beautiful traditional living room add a high degree of charm and brightness to the space.
14. Natural Notes
With a traditional living room, house plants can go a long way toward creating an inviting and warm atmosphere.
15. A Bench
Sometimes the smallest things can completely transform a space. Take this bench / shelf unit as an example of that.
16. Wicker Furniture
If you want to give your traditional living room a tropical or coastal vibe, consider going with wicker furniture pieces.
17. Ties The Room Together
With a traditional living room that features a mix of different colors and fabrics, it will be important to tie the room together with one focal piece. Here, it’s the coffee table.
18. Built-In Shelves
Built-in books shelves can really create the traditional vibe you’re after, giving you the opportunity to take risks elsewhere.
19. Gathering Around
Ultimately, a traditional living room should be one where you and your family can gather. An arrangement like this is exactly what that’s for.
This beautiful traditional living room does an excellent job of balancing colors with patterns.
21. Blue and White
You’ve got to love the way this traditional living room uses blue and white to create a decidedly “cool” vibe.
22. Clean Lines
With pristine white wall-to-wall carpeting beneath, this traditional living room gets its signature beauty through its effective use of interesting lines.
23. Make It Your Own
While you may adhere to traditional looks, make sure your living room reflects your personality. You’re going to be living in it, after all…