Perceived as stuffy or old-fashioned, traditional design offers a polished, refined look.
According to Architectural Digest, when talking about traditional interior design, most are referencing a design style that originated in the 18th and 19th century throughout Europe. However, it’s worth noting that other cultures have their own versions of a traditional style that may not look the same as this more Western version. “If you can envision Louis XVI dining chairs, an English Regency mahogany dining table, balloon shades, loads of passementerie, or Chippendale influences, any of these are part of the foundation of traditional design,” says Paloma Contreras, a Houston-based interior designer. “There is also a common thread of formality or appropriateness woven through traditional interiors.”