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Get Cozy with Conventional Old-World Decorating

Forget modern minimalism! This season is all about becoming cozy and making a home feel like a home. There is no better way to do this than with conventional styling, based on European d├ęcor of 18th and 19th centuries. Though often considered formal, it has a warm and personal vibe. Additionally, it withstands the test of time. With a conventional fashion, you are free from following fads and trends. You may even find the joys of skipping the tv viewing and instead spending an evening sitting in front of the fire with family and friends.

It is simple to make this look in your own home by extracting the key elements of traditional style and incorporating them into your space. Read on for tips about the best way to make this homey, comfortable look.

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Soft colors and fabrics along with intriguing architectural details make this a dining room which welcomes you and encourages you to linger. Note how the backs of the chairs mimic both the curved bits over the mantel and the form of the firescreen. To accomplish this look, tone anything down too modern and compact. Rather, find a few great wooden classic pieces with plenty of ornamentation.

Get the look on a budget: Hunt around classic shows and thrift shops for bits which may be refinished. You’ll come across one-of-a-kind furniture and can score some amazing bargains.

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In your living room, the fireplace should be the focal point. Organize a seating area in front of it so you’ve got a place to welcome guests and family to get an old fashioned dialog. Even if your furniture is more casual than conventional, the arrangement may continue to be classic and formal.

Get the look on a budget: Play your fireplace up so it makes a statement, even if the design components in the remainder of the room are simple.

Add fringe to the bottom of your sofa to immediately give it a more formal look. Then hang a few gold-framed pieces of artwork over the fireplace and show your china plates onto the mantel.

When picking a colour palette, look for impartial or jewel-based tones. Wood paneling also fits in with a standard look, and ornate moldings are a must.

Get the look on a budget: Installing a chair rail around the room will add a finishing touch.

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Antiques and bits that tell a story are key to Old-World styling. Personalize your house with old framed photos, portraits and other items that will make your guests want to ask questions and learn their history.

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Luxurious brocade or toile fabrics are a great choice for both upholstery and greatly styled window treatments. For a really traditional look, you may even use fabric rather than wallpaper.

Get the look on a budget: Accessorize with a few large brocade cushions trimmed with tassels and fringe.

Conventional Chairs – $1,529

If you can splurge, this Dahlia Chair upholstered in purple velvet is a great accent piece! It’s so versatile you could put it just about everywhere.


Marla Chair – $2,399

Another splurge: This pink Marla chair not only adds a twist to conventional decorating, but it provides a splash of colour to a room.

How will you make your house cozy this season?

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