THE NEW TRADITIONAL
When referring to ‘traditional’ interiors, it inevitably conjures up images of overly stuffed couches, dark walls, and velvet upholstery with heavy window dressing. This is a far cry from the white minimalism of the ‘contemporary’ interior we have come to accept as being the preferred style choice. Traditional interiors are firmly rooted in the old English countryside, where decorative ceiling details, stone mullion windows and classic seating silhouettes form our understanding of this style.
When traveling through the recent professional interior designs events in London this year, there were definitive signs of a return to a more classic interior. With references to the 50’s, 70’s (matching patterned wall paper, upholstery and furnishings are reveling in their revival) and even as far back as the 1890’s with heavy fabrics featuring damask patterns and other classic designs, there was no escaping the fact that a new take on the traditional interior was enjoying a firm hold on the industry this year.
The new traditional is characterised by the following:
- Classic fabrics, such as crushed velvet, updated with a bright colour
- Dark wood furniture and joinery with high gloss finishes, with velvet and highly patterned upholstery
- Bright contemporary colours with classic silhouettes
- Highly patterned wall coverings
- Elaborate decorative lighting using the latest contemporary technology
We fell in love with these unique hand blown glass wall lights, that combine LED technology with a beautiful hand crafted finish.
It may not be to everybody’s liking but the best thing about this design approach is that it incorporates elements of different design influences. Therefore, it is possible to take just one feature element, and still create a look that is up to date, and dare I say, quite uniquely brilliant!