10 traditional & tailored decorating ideas

Go beyond wainscotting, skirted sofas, and the like with these updated takes on classic styles

Country chic

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Jess Chamberlain

Country chic

Fireplace, sink-in leather chair, and tapestry ottoman give a lodge-like feel to this living room corner. White walls and sisal carpeting keep the room from feeling too heavy.

Revived classics

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Revived classics

Secondhand furniture that's seen better days can be instantly revived with a coat of bright paint. Take this curvy table, which went from drab brown to stunner, thanks to a punch of bold red low-VOC paint. The vintage settee adds even more classic style.

Mantle headboard

Photo by E. Spencer Toy

Mantle headboard

This mantle headboard imparts a sense of tradition, while the orange-and-floral wallpaper freshens up the look.

More: 24 ideas for headboards

Classic & cozy living room

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Classic & cozy living room

Wood paneling and a brick fireplace give this living room a classic cabin feel that's instantly cozy.

Create a mood

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Create a mood

A moody vintage oil painting ties together a heavy wooden mantel and a wrought-iron candelabra.

Vintage flair

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Vintage flair

Classic bedding--monogram included--looks streamlined and chic below a vintage chandelier.

Go for balance

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Go for balance

Open doorways, glass-door cabinets, and a neutral palette keep the room from feeling heavy. The madrone-topped sideboard and the dining set give the room a classic feel. 

 

Play with light

Photo by E. Spencer Toy

Play with light

The gray-blue paint creates a distinctly elegant mood in the living room. The dark color is brightened by the ample natural light and the lighter-colored ceiling, which brings the eye up and heightens the space. ceiling a lighter color to bring the eye up and heighten the space.

Frame your space

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Frame your space

Bookshelves surrounding the entry from a living room to a dining room make creative use of what might otherwise be under-utilized wall space, and impart a modern library look.

Mixing old & new

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Mixing old & new

In this bungalow's remodel, the living room kept its original paneling, box beam ceilings, and built-in bookcases, but got a face-lift courtesy of Danish modern furniture and a fresh coat of a cheery yet not overpowering color.

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