The New Traditional: Why Clean-Meets-Luxe Style Is Dominating Design

Tour a Georgia home where luxurious fabrics and pared-back cool offer a new take on traditional.

Photo By: Bloodfire Studios

Photo By: Bloodfire Studios

Photo By: Bloodfire Studios

Photo By: Bloodfire Studios

Photo By: Bloodfire Studios

Photo By: Bloodfire Studios

Photo By: Bloodfire Studios

Photo By: Bloodfire Studios

Photo By: Bloodfire Studios

The New Traditional

Atlanta designer Abbi Williams of Red Door Design Studio says her new favorite style is New Traditional featuring pared back design and a reliance on heirloom pieces but without the heaviness. "Don’t overwork the space," says Williams. "There is a confidence and sincerity to leaving a great mix of elements alone that truly represent who you are." To Williams it is all about "rich wood tones, decadent fabrics (velvets and silks)" and "beautiful ornamentation and details."

Keep It Simple

Plain hooks to hang coats and white washed walls give this space a hip, minimalist aesthetic. "Leave the cracks and splits in the bead board walls," recommends Williams. "Don’t you dare fill the seams of the floor boards...it’s all part of the imperfection."

Light Works

A dramatic statement light fixture commands center stage in this room, bringing drama to a relatively simple aesthetic. A fur-draped chair and velvet couches imbue the space with a sense of quiet luxury.

Plain Jane

Simple but beautiful white curtains and bed linens are enlivened with a vintage blanket in this New Traditional bedroom.

Lean In

A great alternative to knocking nail holes in walls and a modern, fresh take, leaning a mirror or artwork on a vanity or bedside table brings a new attitude to this bedroom. A fur-draped bench at the vanity is a gorgeous, rich detail.

Get Thee to the Thrift Store

A heavy vintage table makes an ideal vanity in this bedroom and really brings heart and soul to this 100-year-old Georgia home.

Details Speak Volumes

When you pare back your home design, small details speak volumes. The gold frame in this artwork above the fireplace sourced by designer Abbi Williams for $10 beautifully complements the rich gold tones in the vintage chair.

Golden Touch

The luster of this brass container to hold firewood brings a bit of glamor to this living room when placed against a plain white fireplace surround and mantle. Designer Abbi Williams sourced the brass container for $6 at a thrift store. Williams created the coffee table by encasing painted bead board from an old church in a metal band she had made for $90.

Rich Wood

Dark woods like mahogany and cherry can feel heavy when set against carpeting, rugs, curtains and too much color and texture. But designer Abbi Williams uses white walls and ceilings and an ebony floor color to bring balance to this room. Dark mixed with light strikes a harmonious note here.

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