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Interior Design Styles: Traditional Interiors

Return to the roots of heritage British furniture design in the most sophisticated way

Jade Bloomfield
By Jade Bloomfield, Editor

Traditional Furniture: Button-tufting and Rich Woods

Casegoods furniture is freestanding, generous in size and dimensions and crafted of warm woods such as mahogany, rosewood and oak. Highboys, breakfronts and display cabinets would be regular features in traditional interiors.

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Architectural elements are important in both their original purpose and as the inspiration for furniture design. Dentil or cornice moulding elements, broken pediments or columns were often incorporated into the designs of large-scale casegoods furniture, giving them an imposing appearance.

Occasional furniture of this style includes nests of tables, drum tables and entryway tables. Tripod or pedestal bases and bracket, pad or claw and ball feet are familiar design choices.
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For upholstery, button-tufting and upholstered show wood designs are the quintessential linchpins of a traditional interior. A dark brown leather Chesterfield was the most popular traditional sofa choice. However, these days, traditionalists might upholster the sofa style in a more modern fabric or, equally, team traditional casegoods with a contemporary sofa silhouette. The wingback chair is also an enduring classic of traditional style.

Traditional Decor: Crystal Chandeliers and Vintage Rugs

Contemporary versions of this style will often offset the style’s rich palette and materials with lighter, plain walls and updated fabrics. Grand chandeliers, oriental rugs and antique ornaments are the original decor of choice for traditional spaces; nowadays these are carefully modernised or curated for a fresher take. A marble, stone or wooden fireplace is still a key feature in traditional interiors, providing a natural and grand focal point.

3 Traditional Brands To Know


Best traditional Brands – Bernhardt – Shop at

This esteemed brand’s rich history—one that started in North Carolina in 1889—sets it apart as one of America’s foremost luxury furniture makers. Blending time-honoured style cues with a modern vision.

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Best traditional brands – Linley – Shop at

Founded by David Linley in 1985, Linley is a world-renowned brand known for its beautiful craftsmanship that honours traditional cabinetmaking and marquetry.

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Best traditional Brands – Waterford – Shop at

Founded in 1783 in Ireland, world-renowned Waterford creates truly exquisite crystal stemware and giftware which have become best-selling classics.

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