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How to Nail Traditional Decor

You know that couple who always wears matching khakis, polo shirts, and loafers? Now if you could just translate that style into a room...

Dark woods, intricately detailed furniture, and fabrics in rich hues can bring your traditional taste to life. Here's how to make it all come together:

  • Traditional furniture pieces tend to be amore carved and ornate (think claw feet), and the wooden elements are often stained very dark. Picture a tufted, dark brown sofa with turned legs and antique brass castors, and you’re on your way.
  • Put dark woodwork wherever you can -- wall sconces, millwork, floors, and trim.
  • Nothing looks better on that dark wood flooring than a nice oriental rug.
  • When you hang art, hang it dead center. No deviating from that middle line! Bookcases filled with tons of dusty old volumes are another traditional standby.
  • In terms of lighting, a drippy crystal chandelier is a must-have. Also look for wall sconces in a dark wood.
  • Use a color palette of rich, historic jewel tones like aubergine, Parisian red, and hunter green (think: the fox and hound club). Heavily patterned or flocked wallpaper is another reliable option.

Nestpert: Minnesota designer Jay Nuhring, author of the blog "Loving What You Have".

-- The Nest Editors

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