Interior Design / October 2, 2018 / Andrea Dupont.
Three hundred years after their introduction, Queen Anne colors, Chippendale and Thomas Sheraton furniture designs are conceded to be the universal benchmark of craftsmanship and lines of configuration. Modern renditions have relaxed the old code to suit. However, enough of the classic identifying remain.
Gracefully refined Queen Anne pieces a characterized by ball and claw footed cabriole legs, violin chair backs, inlay surfaces, s-curve lines, shell motifs and decorative turned finials. Some parts are oriental lacquer finished; most are varnished.
Chippendale elaborated on the Queen Anne styling for his unique fashion. Some lines were straightened but, in a gentle way. Higher and more elaborate use of artistic embellishment accounts for most of the recognizable differences. Motif and ornamentation come in more choices, greater use of carving and the addition of fretwork perfected the Chippendale trademark.
It would help if you started with choice furniture pieces, then work out from there. Don’t be afraid to mix these two anchoring stylings. Antique and newer replica versions can a placed side by side. A sofa addition, for example, can even be a complete departure from these main stylings and still be a very nice fit. It would help if you worked toward developing a discriminating eye for pleasing yet versatile combinations throughout the entire breadth of your Traditional decorating project.
Lots of freedom
You’ll be happy to know once some choices have a made about furniture pieces, the door to the Traditional home is open for lots of personal preference. What’s right for you is probably one of the main reasons Traditional provides such personal warmth and has managed to keep its place against all comers in the popularity race.
Traditional Color and Texture
The key here is to keep in mind that most everything you do is designed to let the main furnishing stay center stage. Paint for walls is generally in the mid-tone range –nothing startling. Rather than going to the color samples with a pre-determined idea of what you are after, try reviewing them with the view of passing on those tones which impart. Once you have found the range, work combinations of wall colors which blend into one another in a manner that minimizes distinguishable transition lines. Room changes should be subtle as well. Let color flow through the home without jarring changes.
Generally, use the lighter tones on your walls. Introduce slightly deeper hues in your choice of window covering and upholstery fabric. Deepen the shade ever so slightly again when choosing the accessory fabric and floor coverings. Fabrics in a traditional room tend to take the middle road as well. The texture isn’t coarse, but neither are they too shiny. Commonly used materials are chintz, cruel, or velvet in solids, tone on tone, and faintly specific all-over patterns.
Hardwood strip flooring with area rugs under furniture settings is a widely seen practice. Most homeowners continue to enjoy the warmth and sound damping qualities of the wall to wall carpeting but, note that a shift to Berber is the favorite way to go.
Accessorizing the Traditional way
It is your opportunity to give that comfy, homey, feel to the scene you’ve set. The most successful traditional interiors are those that accessorize somewhere well below the limit of becoming “cluttering”.
You’re best striking a distinguishable balance by using objects in pairs. A pair of lamps. Two potted plants, two but not necessarily matched urns. Do things this way, and you telegraph your sense of order to visitors. Lighting is direct and classic. Lamps with plain shades, sconce lighting, a bankers lamp on a desk are all familiar and expected.
The dining room and bedrooms will feature crisply clean linens. White for dining and perhaps a muted plaid worked with slightly off-white for the bed. Predictability an expected. Comfort food that’s by no means boring.
Your traditionally decorated home is a success if you can feel wrapped in a comfortably homey, understated ambiance. You will be using many of the same Traditional trademark items such as beautiful woodwork and graceful lines as others undertaking their projects, but you can still show your own underlining identity.