Traditional Interior Design Furnishings and Details

Traditional English Furniture and Drapery, Great Falls, VA

Federal style fireplace, coffered wood ceiling, English furnishings, traditional swag and jabot drapery design


Creating a traditional style living room


Traditional Interior Design and furniture, Great Falls, VA

Traditional Interior Design with English Furnishings, Swag and Jabot Toile draperies

Are you longing for a traditional style living room? When people think of traditional interior design, they associate it with a timeless, calm and classic living space. One of the reasons why this decorating style has stood the test of time is because it’s incredibly flexible and can be married with various other decor styles whether that be contemporary or rustic.

As this is the most common decorating style of all, it’s likely that you may have grown up in a home that was decorated in a traditional style. Traditional style incorporates decor from a diverse range of time periods and cultures can include just about anything from ornate and opulent to simple and spare.

One of the main reasons why this style is still regarded as traditional is because of the lines of the finishing and the use of architectural details. In this article I will provide you with a number of ideas to help you create a living room that is both traditional and comfortable.

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Traditional Interior Design with custom Entertainment Center, Reston, VA

Traditional Furnishings with Custom Entertainment Bookcase Unit and custom Area Rugs


Consistency is paramount when creating a traditional style living room, so try to create a consistent theme that is based largely on colour. Neutral color tones are often used on large pieces of upholstery and walls. Part of the reasoning behind painting the upholstery and walls in neutral colors is to mute them and divert attention to other showpieces such as rugs and amazing art pieces.

All white color palettes are a good choice if you want to allow your living to lend itself to both opulence and minimalism. That being said, balance is the most important consideration to make when selecting colors for your living room. The general rule of thumb is to only use bright colors if they are offset by neutral tones.


Furniture found in traditional styles usually tend to have a familiar shape that is both recognisable and iconic. A prime example of this is the Chesterfield Sofa; although it has been reinterpreted numerous times it is still most suited to traditional decor styles. Pieces of upholstery should be comfortable and neutral without being too fussy.

To create a relaxed feeling of elegance, try combining a Chesterfield sofa with antiques and some subtle contemporary pieces. Rich wooden tones and painted pieces add a nice element to traditional style; this can be done with painted wooden tables or dressers.

High back leather sofa with traditional tufting

High back leather sofa with traditional tufting

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Traditional English Chesterfield sofa with handsome tufting detail in beautiful antique leather.


Luxurious fabrics such as velvet, mohair and silk can be incorporated into traditional decor style. More humble fabrics such as linen and cotton are also common in traditional style living rooms. You can incorporate pretty much any texture providing it’s in keeping with the rest of your room. In reality though, not many homeowners are able to get away with a sofa that is heavily upholstered in high maintenance fabrics like silk, this is why these materials are best suited for low traffic items such as pillows and curtains.

Begin with a pivotal fabric and then subtly add patterns from the same colour pallet. A layer of texture and pattern will add interest and character to your living room. Florals, damasks, ikats, plaids and stripes are among the most common patterns used in traditional decor. If your living room flooring is made of tile or wood, consider adding an accent rug, this will add a feeling of warmth and tradition to your living room.


The addition of artwork will contribute texture, colour and personality to your room. Many experienced designers base room arrangement and color pallettes on great pieces of art. If you don’t have the budget to purchase a large art piece, there are a number of more affordable ways to create visual impact. You could try grouping similar images together to create one big collective image.

Architectural Moldings

Crown moldings, wainscoting, panel relief molding all contribute to the traditional detailing of old world masters and when budget allows add elegant detailing and definition to the room.

Traditional crown molding

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Corbel brackets with applied moldings header-tilton

Wood Coffer ceiling detail



Putting it all together

Custom Area Carpet Detail with Teal accent inset border and Beige outer border

Custom Area Carpet Detail with Teal accent inset border and Beige outer border

If you look at any great living space, you will notice that it’s all about the way in which pieces are put together. Be sure to have a focal point that demands attention yet still compliments the other elements of your room, all the items and furnishings that surround the focal point can then be positioned in relation to it. Your focal point can be anything, a fireplace, artwork or even a sofa. Try to keep things as symmetrical as possible; this will keep a sense of balance within the room. For example, place two chairs or sofas either side of your fire place. While they don’t have to be identical, they should be similar in shape and size.



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This article was contributed by David at Thomas Lloyd Chesterfield Sofas

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The many Shades of Modern Light Fixtures

Modern wall sconce with shade

Wall sconce in French Gold finish with linen shade

Adding a beautiful light fixture is a favorite way to quickly change any space.  We love the new modern selections with shades that soften the glare of the fixture’s  lamps.  Here are few design selections that are classic and timeless.  Although the metal finish of choice for several years now has been silver or satin nickel look for a move to warmer finishes like Champagne Silver and French Gold.

modern wall sconce with shade

Elegant wall sconce with a crystal column in a warm silver finish

Modern wall sconce with shade

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Modern wall sconce, glass shade

Modern Wall Sconce in Satin Nickel finish with Matte Opal glass shade

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White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

Kitchen design for 2014 highlights White Kitchen cabinets as the top finish with many homeowners. One of our favorite kitchens showcases contemporary white wood kitchen cabinets without the antique glazed finish that retail cabinet manufacturers promote for an additional surcharge. Wood cabinet doors expand and contract creating a separation at the mitered or box cut corners and cabinet manufacturers only offer a glazed finish for white wood cabinetry knowing that the corners will create a gap and unsightly condition – this is the reason glazing became so popular, the added glazed finish detail hides the corner conditions that will in time become apparent however the design is hardly contemporary or modern. This is the reason why most cabinet manufacturers offer white cabinetry as Thermofoil construction only. Thermofoil is MDF construction with a melamine paper cover and while a cheaper alternative feels inferior to wood cabinetry and is apparent in the feel and look.

Contemporary White Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary White Kitchen design for timeless appeal

In this Kitchen Alder Wood Door panels were ordered to size and our local contractor built and finished all wood cabinets to our specifications, creating a timeless white wood cabinet.

Classic white kitchen cabinets custom designed and built by local cabinet-maker optimize every inch of space with custom cutlery inserts, base drawers, tray storage, spice rack, appliance garage and toe kick drawers.  Center island finished with an industrial spray paint by ScrubbMaster in a soft teal gray color is maintenance free. The color is also used as accents for the light rail and appliques to continue the design theme throughout the space.

Custom white wood kitchen cabinets

White Kitchen cabinets, custom designed with Greek Revival Crown molding

Accent shelves add drama with glare free lighting and break up the look of all cabinet walls. Double height wall cabinets add the illusion of a taller than standard 8′-0″ ceiling height for this 1980’s home remodel. Coastal colors and Greek revival crown molding add a Mediterranean flair for a classic timeless Kitchen design.

Upholstered Bench Seat

Custom Bench Seat adds storage to dining area

White Kitchen design, wood cabinets

Two tone cabinets add character to this white kitchen design

Kitchen Center Island

Custom Center Island design finished with an industrial spray paint in soft teal gray color

Kitchen toe kick drawers

Toe kick drawers for added storage of placements and grill accessories

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

Great Room open plan dining area

Great Room Dining area with custom bench seat off remodeled Kitchen

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It is the time of year for trimming the home with sparkle and lights – welcoming visitors and family for holiday cheer and sharing the festivities.

Topiary trees with garland and lights, Fairfax, VA

Home entry Topiary Trees with simple lighted Garland trim

We just finished decorating this modern home with 2 new white Christmas trees that coordinate with their home decor, adding character and charm for the parties to follow.

Holiday Decorating, Christmas Trees, Fairfax, VA

White Christmas Tree with blue, silver and white decorations

This Patriotic Red, White and Blue Tree enhances this Foyer and greets visitors immediately upon entering the home.

Red, white and Blue Christmas Tree, Fairfax, VA

White Christmas Tree with red, white and blue decorations

Have fun with decorations and providing a festive home. More than one tree will add to the festivities. In addition to the two white trees on the main level this home has a third family tree, a new green tree we provided, on the loft level above the Family Room with all the ornaments from past years and family memorabilia. We decorated the loft railing with lighted garland and boughs adding drama to the Family Room from all levels.

Happy Decorating – Happy Holidays!

Golden Interiors: Interior Design | Home Remodeling | Fairfax | Wash DC

Kitchen Planning and Remodeling, custom cabinet design, Fairfax VA, golden interiors

Golden Interiors: Interior Design | Home Remodeling | Fairfax | Wash DC

Specializing in home design, planning and renovations, Kitchens and Baths, Window Treatments, Custom Draperies, Home Furnishings, Lighting design, custom Cabinets, green design, finishes and materials

Home Remodeling and Design – ASID

Contemporary Kitchen Design & Planning

Kitchen Design and Remodeling, Fairfax VA

Home Remodeling – ASID.

We just added a new Designer Album on our ASID profile – remodeling an older 1980’s home with a Great Room addition and enlarged contemporary Kitchen with Green Kitchen Cabinet construction.

Lighting Ideas, LED Lamps and Decorative Chandeliers

Contemporary Chandelier

Stunning Contemporary Chandelier from Hummbardton Forge

This week we attended a Lamping Seminar at Annapolis Lighting in Rockville, MD.  We were able to see the new lamp selections for Compact Fluorescents and LED lamps and fixtures.  Both lamps have seen tremendous improvements in color Rendering Index (CRI) with most lamps rating above 85 and some as much as 95.  The CRI rating scale is based on 100 being true color rendition.  The color temperature or “Kelvin range” is a description of the warmth or coolness of the light source.  A Kelvin range closest to 2700 is the closest equivalent to an incandescent A lamp bulb.  Most homeowners will be happiest with a Kelvin range between 2700 and 3000.  The price tags for these new bulbs that will screw into any normal incandescent A lamp location is significantly higher than the typical A lamp yet offer reduced wattage and energy savings.  The new LED was quoted at $ 28-32.00 per bulb!  Compact Fluorescents are more reasonable.

Colorful Chandeliers

Dramatic colors and drum shapes add drama for dining rooms and foyers

Contemporary chandelier from George Kovacs

Playful twist using a round glass bowl shape set inside of an oval metal frame from George Kovacs

LED lighting fixture styles

New LED lighting styles and shapes from Sonneman add beautiful light quality, great for Bathroom vanity areas

Water display, feng shui

Accent water and light display adds peaceful calm with water running down the decorative glass panel and hitting rocks in base of unit

Metallic Finishes Fabric Collection

Beautiful new fabric collection from Fabricut showcasing subtle metallic and neutral tones.  Classic pattern designs beautiful for drapery and upholstery, timeless and elegant fabrics.

Fresh, clean and crisp patterns, metallic yet neutral for long lasting charm

Fresh, clean and crisp patterns, metallic yet neutral for long lasting charm

New Accent Color Emerging – Fuchsia

New Accent Color Emerging - Fuchsia

Small amounts of accent colors add drama and excitement, look at how lively this white sofa is with the stunning fuchsia accent pillows and leather cocktail table. Introduction from M|T Company furniture manufacturer for the October 2013 High Point Fall Market