Design Trend 2018: The New Traditional

Interiors have definitely been swinging back toward traditional design in the last year. We aren’t ready to give up bright airy interiors and clean lines, but are loving the collected look of mixing in a bit of old tradition into a more modern aesthetic. It’s The New Traditional. It takes clean modern lines and a light airy foundation and adds the curated look of traditional wallpaper, statement furniture pieces, and patterned accessories. The blend creates a lived-in feel without compromising what we love about modern simplicity. Take a look at these trending traditional design ideas and see how to layer them into your existing decor to create a fresh update for the new year.


A Traditional Statement Furniture Piece

The curved lines, intricate details, and dark woods of traditional furniture makes a beautiful accent to the straight-lines, white linens, and light woods we’ve been using. The contrast in shape and color creates an unexpected modern mix. Anthropologie’s Custom Furniture has some beautiful options, or add in a family antique.

Amber Interiors


Park and Oak Design




Amber Interiors



Becki Owens


Mixing Patterned Textiles and Wall Coverings

Traditional textiles combine a mix of florals, velvets, plaids, chintzes, stripes, and toile. Consider updating your sofa with a playful mix of pillows in stripes and florals or breakup your white walls with a wallpaper accent wall in a neutral chintz or colorful grasscloth.

Caitlin Wilson


Becki Owens

Sage Market Design

Emily Henderson


Vintage Rugs

Our love of ornate vintage rugs is not new, but if you haven’t yet embraced the trend, add rich depth to your space with a beautiful oriental rug.

Becki Owens


Jenkins Interiors


Asian motifs on ceramics, textiles, and wall coverings are big in traditional design. They also make a pretty statement in any space. Add a blue and white ceramic, a lacquered Chippendale chair, printed wallpaper, or a piece of art with a Chinese theme.

The Fox Group


Emily Henderson


Paper and Pencil Co

London Basin Company

Amie Corley


Decorative Mirror

Update your mirror to one with curved lines or carved details.



Park and Oak Design


Colored Walls

Bold dark color looks especially beautiful in an office. Stay traditional by pairing it with dark furniture, or lighten the mood with white oak and accents.

Pierce and Ward


Traditional Art

Oil painted portraits and landscapes add rich depth to a space, while a dark bust creates contrast in a bright airy space.

JDP Interiors

Emily Henderson




The New Traditional is a house evolving, blending old and new for a lived-in layered look. It’s also a look that is an easy update. Keep the clean bright foundation you already have, and simply layer in an idea or two from above to create a new look for your space. If you’re new to our Design Trends of 2018 series, be sure to read up on Design Trends to Stay, Flat Front Cabinetry, Two Toned Kitchens, and Reclaimed Kitchen Islands. We’re sharing another design trend later in the week, so be sure to check back.

Happy Tuesday!



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