Yesterday’s traditional décor was rooted in early English design characterized by matching furniture sets, floral upholstery, wallpaper, heavy window treatments, dark color pallet (burgundy, hunter green, red) and a pleather of knick-knacks.

However, times have changed and while traditional is still the most popular style in America, it’s now brighter with a more atmospheric quality and the freedom to incorporate contemporary elements for a more updated look.

I love older homes which is why I purchased a 1915 traditional home with beautiful architectural details. While I wanted to honor my home’s vintage heritage, I also wanted the décor to reflect my style and make it bright and airy with updated elements. I combined traditional furnishings with updated fabrics and contemporary accessories.

This is a picture of my living room the day I first saw it:

Before Elite Staging and Redesign

After: we painted the walls a soft taupe, added plantation shutters and mixed traditional furnishings with contemporary fabrics and accessories…

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Opposite angle before:

Morris County NJ Interior designer, NJ interior decorator, Traditional Living room by Elite Staging and Redesign before photo

After: contemporary art, a cowhide rug, classic chairs and settee in updated fabrics gives this room elegance and style…

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Don’t be afraid to add other styles of period furniture and contemporary accents to your traditional decor. Give each space a focal point and more doesn’t mean better. Cleaner, crisper lines enhance the aesthetics of any room.

One of my favorite elements is this silver/gray cowhide rug. They are very hot right now and you’ll see them in all decor styles from Mid Century Modern, contemporary, transitional, county, and yes, they look fabulous with traditional. They instantly update any space, add texture and interest.

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If you’ve fallen out of love with your rooms or want to update but don’t know where to start call Elite Staging and Redesign at 201-602-2562 for a consultation today. We can work within your budget to create designer rooms that you’ll want to show off to your friends and family!