Traditional design embodies 18th and 19th-century European design. It showcases shapes and lines that were popular during the pre-industrial revolution times when most things were made by hand. Traditional homes are designed with function in mind, traditional furniture for classical style, and architecture to showcase artisanry.
One of the hallmarks of traditional furniture is that everything matches. Finishes, design elements, and even hardware styles. This includes the doorknobs, kitchen cabinet handles, and even the toilet paper holders. Attention to detail is one hallmark of traditional design that stands out above all else.
Another characteristic of traditional designs is matching colors and tones. Mostly, traditional home decor, furniture, and interior designs showcase color pallets of beige, light grey, or otherwise neutral tones. These are the colors on which any design can be staged without conflict.
While traditional styles may express reservation in color, they make up for in the use of complex (often floral) patterns. This is frequently displayed on fabrics such as window dressing, upholstered furniture, and wallpaper. Smaller rooms such as bathrooms, reading nooks, and bedrooms are common hosts to very busy patterns in traditional homes.