Just a quick little post today…our electricity went out yesterday afternoon so I had less time to put one together. To finish out our week talking about a more traditional style Room of the Week, I put together a simple how-to that explains a few common characteristics of traditional-style furniture, though of course there are exceptions.
- Pleasing proportions – Traditional-style furniture isn’t big, boxy, lounge-y, fluffy, overstuffed, etc. It is always proportionately pleasing to the eye, and is neither too big nor too small….but just perfectly in-between.
- Attention to details – This style of furniture always pays attention to the smallest of details. There is always piping trim on the cushions, proper pleats, nail heads to define the shapes, etc.
- Tailored upholstery – Traditional style furniture always seems a little more formal and refined to me, most likely because the upholstery is much more tailored and taut. The backs of the sofa aren’t covered in down-filled cushions, but are tightly upholstered. And, the cushions aren’t plump, but still comfortable.
- Rich, dark wood tones – When I think of traditional furniture I definitely always picture darker wood tones, just like the wood on the furniture in the Room of the Week.
- Curvy lines – Modern furniture is made up of a lot of straight lines. But, traditional furniture can be very curvy. In the Room of the Week both the backs and arms of the furniture are very curvy.
- Shows a little leg – You can see the slender legs on all the furniture in this room. Showing these slender legs definitely adds a delicate, formal feeling to the furniture and the room.
Do you own any traditional-style furniture? I love the graceful lines and feminine proportions. I passed up the most gorgeous traditional sofa in a stunning navy blue velvet at an estate sale a few weeks ago, and I’ve been kicking myself every since.