When you think of traditional living room decor, are you immediately picturing that dated hotel lobby from your family trip to Florida?
Hear me out when I say that the “New Traditional Decor” trend is the fun sister style – and it’s making waves for all the right reasons. But what is it exactly, anyway?
What Is New Traditional Decor?
This “New Traditional” (aka Updated Traditional or Modern Traditional) look gives you all the timeless elegance, without the stuffyness. Think of a relaxed and refined vibe, with a cheerful twist.
This style combines the classic shapes and vintage appeal of traditional decor, with a touch of contemporary and transitional furnishings. It’s the perfect balance of old meets new that makes a space feel posh and cozy at the same time.
With the rise of the term “grandmillennial” used to describe the younger generation in love with past decor trends, we are starting to see a real love for classic decor- redefined.
If you are are struggling to style your space, check out these helpful ideas for “New Traditional” living room decor that will breathe life back into your space.
7 New Traditional Living Room Decor Ideas You Should
#1. Get On Board With Symmetry
Symmetry is one of the keys traits of traditional decor, and makes a space super pleasing to your eyes.
Get a new traditional look by using a pair of interesting bookshelves, mirrors, or unique framed portraits. Placing them opposite one another will give a nice sense of balance in your living room.
Look for other easy ways to create a sense of symmetry with lamps or throw pillows. Just don’t go overboard, not everything needs to be paired up or the room will get that “try hard” vibe that nobody really wants!
#2. Pair A Neutral Color Palette With Pops Of Color
A refined and neutral color palette is at the heart of many traditional rooms. But this is where the updated version veers off the tracks.
Updated traditional spaces often use a muted color in larger areas, and throw in pops of color with accessories. Wall decor, pillows, and florals are a great way to add hints of color… and the best part? They’re also super easy to change every up every once in a while.
#3. Show Off The Classics With New Traditional Decor Patterns
Greek Key, Trellis, and Stripes are just a few of the classic patterns that never go out of style. I’m a big fan of trellis and fretworks styles myself, and have them sprinkled throughout my home.
Try working these styles into your new traditional living room on your curtains, pillows, and decorative pieces. They’ll be a major piece of eye candy with your traditional living room decor!
#4. Use Matching Chairs To Define The Sitting Area
Of course, nothing pulls the space together like a set of coordinating upholstered chairs. In my last home, I was so happy not to compete with our mini schnauzer for the comfiest spot!
If you are afraid the space may look a little too “matchy matchy” you can always add some contrast by using two different throw pillows on the chairs. Don’t be afraid to make it your own!
#5. Blue + White Forever
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there’s a reason the #blueandwhiteforever hashtag is so beloved!
Blue and white together create a classic color palette that gives an air of elegance to any space.
Whether you use it for your rugs, pillows, or even a collection of ginger jars these colors will create a calm feeling that brings the room to life.
#6. Try A Traditional Sofa In An Unexpected Color
If you’ve been thinking about replacing your sofa, I know what a momentous decision it can feel like! But if you love classic and traditional shapes like I do, it’s great to consider a sofa in a non-traditional color.
Beige and brown sofas are a dime a dozen, so going for a muted version of one of your fav shades is one of the best ways to make your living room stand out!
#7. Bring In A Little Greenery
And the one thing that’s often missing from living rooms that totally shouldn’t be? Just a little hint of greenery!
Tall house plants, and floral arrangements add the perfect finishing touch in an updated traditional living room. And if you’re a known plant killer (guilty!) there are some pretty convincing silk flower options today.
Obviously they’re not everyones cup of tea, but I love styling with silk hydrangeas. The right brands look so realistic! Just add some water to the vases, and arranging the stems carefully, and no one will be any the wiser!
Thanks so much for reading this run down of easy ideas for New Traditional style living rooms!
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Have you tried out any of these updated traditional ideas in your own home? If so, drop me a line below and tell me how it turned out!