Love a traditional decor theme, but not so sure about buying refurbished or previously owned furniture? You want vintage decor ideas with a modern twist? That’s what decorators and interior designers call Neo-Traditional. It’s all about playing with the new classics and not being afraid two tweak tradition.
Imagine the homey feeling… updated for the digital age. That’s what’s so appealing about this neo-traditional living room. From the floral wallpaper to the architectural detail, and the sitting-room-style furniture arrangement, we took the best design features of ages past. But we updated the look, breaking a few rules along the way.
“RED IS A VERY STYLE-FORWARD COLOUR. THIS SOFA’S BUTTON TUFTING AND SHELTER-ARM DESIGN GIVE IT A TAILORED MID-CENTURY MODERN LOOK.” – Jean, Assistant Upholstery Buyer
For starters, who says patterns have to match, more than mix? We stirred things up by grounding the bold wallpaper with an equally graphic area rug, in a different colourway, no less. We also went all-out on colour, from the spicy red sofa to the violet fireplace mantel and teal armchairs. The trick to nailing the look is staying within a colour palette – even one as vibrant as this one. Here, we started with the wallpaper and selected furnishings that picked up its hues. Mixed metals like warm gold and dark nickel add lustre without stealing attention from the main colour scheme.
Vintage decor ideas start with colour and personality
Another way we pushed tradition was to take a classical living room “envelope” (high ceilings, formal fireplace) and furnish it with a mid-century-inspired sofa and chairs. With its deep sofa and pile of cushions, this living room is perfect for lingering over a book or for entertaining guests. If it provides gorgeous Instagram backdrops too, so much the better!
Two slipper chairs create an intimate conversation nook by the fireplace. One or both can be moved closer to the sofa for a group chat.