Let's start with what I call New Traditional, a modern and refreshing update to formal interiors. New Traditional is based on the correct layering and juxtaposition of classic furniture and contemporary details. The best new, traditional rooms feel livable and accessible, but also luxurious. One way to maintain the classic and elegant style of traditional decoration and, at the same time, add a modern touch is to choose furniture that follows traditional forms and, at the same time, omit the ornamental details that were popular in the past.
When it comes to furniture, the word “traditional” is actually a generic term that refers to modern versions of many of the furniture styles popular during the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Queen Anne or Victorian. Today's traditional style is often less ornate, dark and heavy than the original styles on which it is based, but it is still more ornate and stylized than contemporary designs. A pair of upholstered chairs in blue top the table to interrupt the classic mahogany dining set and infuse a fresh style into an otherwise ultra-traditional space.