Decorating with Traditional Furniture

Highlights of traditional furniture

• This style pays tribute to history

• Classic furniture boasts beautiful wood finishes and decorative carvings

• What is traditional furniture? Just look for the details

• Patterns are layers to capture a traditional look

If a grand look is what you're after, then traditional furniture will fit your style.

A brief history of traditional furniture

With its classic look, traditional furniture pays tribute to centuries past. Think back to the eras of Queen Victoria or Louis XIV. This furniture's decorative details take subtle (and not-so-subtle) cues from these times in history.


Decorative details like rolled chair arms, button tufting, and nail-head trim are the types of touches that this style is known for. You don't have to be a Victorian aristocrat to enjoy traditional style. But sitting at the head of a classic dining table may just make you feel like royalty.


The classic look in a room

Warm wood finishes are most common with traditional pieces. These finishes are often adorned with beautiful veneers that showcase the wood's natural grain. In keeping with its fine hand-crafted heritage, traditional style is also known for moldings and decorative carvings.


Hallmarks of traditional furniture

• Ornamental details

• Medium to dark wood tones

• Layered patterns

• Classic-looking furniture

Timeless decorating tips

With this highly adorned style, it's rare to see a room without one or more patterns at play. Whether it's simple stripes, ornate floral or damask prints, layering patterns and textures is a favorite technique among decorators when styling traditional interiors.


Depending on your preferences, make your space more formal by adding decorative layers and furniture pieces with ornamental detail. For a less formal look, go with fewer decorative layers and furnishings with less ornamentation.