The Makings of a Modern Traditional Home

Looking for a up-to-date design that is also timeless? Bring these elements into your home to create an updated-yet-classic appeal.

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August 12, 2019

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Elegant Entry

Clear globe fixtures light up the traditional hallway, where classic moldings and wainscoting bring architectural detail to the space. An entryway antique dresser is topped with an ornate mirror and pretty accessories for an elegant vignette.

Timeless Floral

The walls of this traditional dining room feature a sage wallpaper hand-painted with a Chinoiserie-inspired motif featuring pale pink blooms, leaning trees and dainty butterflies. Statement wallpaper and bold murals are valuable elements to use in an otherwise traditional or simple room and infuse the space with personality.

Sitting Pretty

This traditional sitting area features a marble-inlaid fireplace is the backdrop of this space. The fireside armchair streamlined and simple, creating a timeless sitting area sure to impress.

Classic Curveball

A key component of creating an updated traditional space is adding unexpected accents into a largely classic design. A pair of blue upholstered chairs head the table to interrupt the classic mahogany dining set and infuse fresh style into the otherwise ultra-traditional space.

Posh Four-Poster Bed

Four-poster beds are timeless and adaptable – ideal for modern traditional bedroom designs. Updated traditional boudoirs use the stately bed silhouette as a chic statement piece in the space. This inky four-poster bed turns heads and creates dreamy contrast against the pale blue walls of this master suite.

Stately Staircase

A sophisticated, well-dressed staircase is non-negotiable element in modern traditional homes. This dapper foyer features a classic, colonial-style stairway that exceeds expectations with decadent white molding, espresso-stained railing and a smart beige runner underfoot.

Vintage Art

Simple, minimalist prints have their place in design and the modern traditional home is not one of them. Vintage oil paintings and illustrations take their place to bring color, personality and dimension to walls and desks, alike. The artwork is displayed within gilded frames, providing opulence and warmth to the space.

Lovely Lounging

A color scheme of pale blue and white make this traditional master bedroom an oasis of soft calm. Slumber peacefully in the wood four-poster bed with blue, white and neutral linens. Enjoy quiet time reading by the light of a curved-neck lamp with white shades in one of the two patterned arm chairs, while propping your feet up on a round blue ottoman

Classic Climbers

A modern traditional home boasts classic beauty both indoors and out. Creeping vines and climbing ivy are garden essentials for adding an effortless and timeless quality to exteriors of an updated traditional homes. Here, a tailored, wire trellis flanks the front doors and overflows with climbing English ivy. The creeping foliage brings vibrancy and texture to the façade of this stone and stucco cottage home.

Luxe Leather Seating

Updated traditional spaces are often airy and bright, with soft neutral walls and light window treatments. Rich, mahogany-colored leather furnishings make for beautiful accents to the bright, modern backdrop. Interior designer Marie Flanigan uses a rich, masculine leather chair to ground this breezy sitting room and bring balance and contrast to the design. Best part? Leather furniture becomes more buttery and beautiful with age.

Head-Turning Millwork

Great design begins with good bones. Striking millwork instantly elevates any space and brings character and charm to any modern traditional home. This dove gray home office sports board-and-batten walls that grant the space a sophisticated quality sure to withstand the test of time.

Polished Details

Beaded picture frames, polished silver trays and dainty pewter trinkets go a long way in prettying-up modern traditional dining room buffets and bathroom counters, alike. A chic silver serving tray provides a picture-perfect base for fresh-cut ivory roses and a petite ring dish in this marble-clad master en suite.

Chic Symmetry

Two is better than one in modern traditional designs and this dreamy master suite is no exception. The opulent, upholstered bed is flanked by twin table lamps atop matching wood dressers and the results are nothing short of stunning. Achieve a similar, symmetrical and sophisticated result in your home with paired light fixtures, twin arm chairs or matching upholstered ottomans.

Enviable Library

Built-in bookcases, brass sconces and an enviable (extensive!) book collection are the building blocks to a killer modern traditional design. This handsome space exudes luxury with dark wooden shelves, cognac leather sofa and a hide rug underfoot.

Shaded Fixtures

This sundrenched spa bathroom features sets of coordinating shaded sconces and a large, central shaded chandelier. The fixtures’ linen shades give the space a crisp, finished look and appear clean against the ornate wallpaper. Shaded sconces make a sophisticated option to illuminate makeup vanities, brighten bedside tables and add a warmth to an entryway, alike.

Chinoiserie Touches

Fact: A beautiful, blue-and-white vase will never lead you astray. A modern traditional home makes use of Chinoiserie vases to display fresh-cuts on bedside tables or a collection of blue willow plates to create a dimension display above a formal dining room buffet.

Layered Neutrals

Updated traditional designs differ from typical traditional designs by swapping bold jewel tones for airy, neutral color palettes to create a cozy, layered look. Airy ivory and cream mingle with muted taupe and rich, marigold accents in this modern traditional den to create a warm space to spend time with family and friends. Honey-toned wood beams give the traditional space an unexpected, modern flair and blends the airy upholstery with the wooden furnishings throughout the expansive room.

Lathered in Luxury

A classic clawfoot tub, creamy marble floors and timeless, brushed nickel hardware work together to create the blueprints for the ultimate, modern traditional bathroom design. Almond walls add warmth to the space and a crisp, craftsman-style trim provides character to the design.

Pops of Gold

Cardinal rule of modern traditional design? Never underestimate the impact of window treatments and floor coverings. Ceiling-mounted drapes accentuate the arched windows and bring a dramatic flair to this modern traditional space. A jewel-toned Persian rug adds vibrancy and luxury to the design.

Built-In Nooks

Modern traditional homes prioritize character and built-in charm with custom nooks and crannies around every corner. Here, a purple window seat is flanked with lacquered built-in bookcases to achieve a head-turning jewel box effect. Bring a similar look into your home with custom benches, bookcases or a craftsman entertainment center.

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