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Traditional Style With a Twist

March 05, 2019

Sticking with the classics guarantees your design will never go out of style. Still, it doesn't mean you have to leave all the fun to those contemporary or eclectic rooms. These timeless spaces show how to nod to the past while staying oh so current.

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Photo: Suzanna Scott Photography. From: Jonathan Rachman.

Green Immersion

From the wingback chairs and Chesterfield sofa to the upholstered wall-to-wall bench under the window, this living room is a study in classic comfort — all in a brilliant emerald green. The monochromatic color scheme makes for a stop-you-in-your-tracks design moment, but also launches a spirited vibe into what could have been a stuffy formal room.

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Photo: WE Studio Photography. From: Sheila Mayden.

Casual Formality

In historic homes, proper dining rooms were an integral part of the design. Today's homes don't always need a formal room, but a dining space (or two) are still a necessity. This open floor plan kitchen has an updated sensibility by encompassing both the breakfast nook and a more tailored dining area. Traditional furniture in deep woods renders a richness to the mostly gray and white space.

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Photo: Mark Lohman. From: Anne Michaelsen.

Relaxed Grandeur

Soft neutrals and whites set a serene scene for this heart of the home. Architectural details, like the beadboard ceiling and glass upper cabinets, create a timeless quality to the room, while a bubble chandelier and gradient mosaic tile backsplash convey a modern aesthetic. Curvy ends on the kitchen island are an unexpected and gentle touch.

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Photo: ERIKA BIERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY. From: Shirry Dolgin.

Feminine Delights

With time-honored elements, like tufting, floral patterns and cabriole furniture legs, this ready-for-relaxing bedroom is fully romantic. Silvery metallic dressers-turned-nightstands are a glamourous addition, and a low-slung sitting area is the perfect spot to cozy up with a good book or chat with your partner at the end of the day.

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