Traditional interiors will be big in 2018 according to various interior design articles. I never received the memo that they were “out”. I don’t think they ever went away, especially in cities like New Orleans, Charleston (SC), and Washington, DC.
I don’t belive in following trends. It’s helpful to know what is going on in the world of design but the client’s tastes and the architecture of the home are much more important than what’s trending. For example, installing barn doors everywhere. I adore them. However, sometimes a room needs a regular door or a pocket door. Don’t get me started on shiplap.
Plus, following trends is an easy way to have your home look dated quickly. This will not help the resale value of your home (more relevant in the States where we renovate/redecorate and move often compared to other countries).
I’m not surprised that people are falling back in love with traditional interiors. During a time of great uncertainty in the world, it’s nice to be surrounded by something comforting and familiar. It’s interesting to me that so many people thought/think of traditional interiors as very stuffy, too precious, and too old. In fact, traditional interiors are perfect for families, especially those with small children. Pieces that have been around for generations can take a beating. A little wear and tear adds character. The use of color helps hides stains and so on.
Speaking of color, this is one way to make your space current and not like your great-grandmother’s. Another suggestion is to mix it up. Place some modern pieces in the room. A room filled with only antiques can feel like a museum.
Below are some recently decorated spaces in the traditional style. They’re fun and have a lot of personality.
Interior designer Darryl Carter wrote a book called The New Traditional. His spin on this aesthetic is more sculptural. He uses a lot of neutrals but with a variety of textures which gives his spaces movement. Photos are from One Kings Lane.