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What Makes A Rug Style Traditional?

| Team Tumble

Last month, we dove into the origins of Contemporary design style and how best to bring it into your home. While Contemporary may be the perfect look for someone looking to create a space that’s modern and a bit funky, it’s not the right look for everyone. When choosing a style that suits your personality, many things must be taken into account: color palette, textures, and most importantly, aesthetic. 

In the design world, there are several different categories used to describe certain decor aesthetics. Among these are Contemporary, Modern, Traditional, Boho, Eclectic, and Farmhouse. At Tumble, our washable rug comes in several different designs suited to match several different decor style categories. We have no doubt that once you settle on an aesthetic for the room you’re decorating, there is a Tumble to perfectly match your design style. This month, we’re taking a look at Traditional design:

What is Traditional design?

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Rooted in 18th- and 19th-century European styles, Traditional interior design embraces the conventional ways of decorating a home. This largely includes rich color palettes, intricately carved wooden furniture, and detailed upholstery. In the 20th century, as the suburban lifestyle began to boom and people aimed to emulate classic European trends, Traditional design also began to take off.

Traditional design intends to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the home. Often, traditionally-styled homes feature luxurious fabrics like silk, linen, and velvet paired with rich patterns like florals and plaids. These patterns and designs are usually found in the home’s upholstery, linens, and curtains and are typically accompanied by ornate woodworking. As a result, guests who walk into a Traditional home feel a sense of familiarity and comfort. 

Now, as trends continue to evolve and society’s style adapts to modern tastes, many people are bringing a unique, modern edge to Traditional design. Whether you prefer Farmhouse Traditional or Mid-Century Modern Traditional (or something in between), there’s always a way to bring a fresh perspective to a classic look. But, the most important thing to remember if you’re looking to bring Traditional design into your home is to focus on intricate patterns and deep, rich colors that evoke a sense of welcoming and warmth.

How to style a Traditional rug:

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Include woodworking accents: A key staple in Traditional design is the use of elaborate wooden furniture. Many Traditional bedrooms, for example, are anchored by a beautiful wooden bed frame and its matching bedside tables and wardrobe. If you really want your home to stay true to the Traditional look, wooden furniture is a necessity. However, if buying a multi-piece set of handcrafted furniture isn’t your thing, these wooden accents can be brought into your space in a much more modern way. Instead of large, elaborate pieces, look instead for smaller items like coffee tables or end tables. This will give the room a hint of the Traditional woodworking look without becoming ostentatious. 

Let the rug be a statement: While many modern design styles will warrant a neutral or subtle rug, the Traditional style requires quite the opposite. Because Traditional rug styles are crafted with such intricate patterns and rich color palettes, the rug itself should be the focal point of the room. If you’re not quite sure where to start when it comes to finding the best traditional rug for your home, look no further than Tumble’s washable rug collection. We’re proud to include a variety of traditional rug styles in our best washable rug collection for you to choose from.

Don’t be afraid of color: If you’re following the above statement, then bringing a bold pop of color into your home through a Traditional rug is going to be unavoidable — and that’s okay! If you tend to lean more toward the neutral color palette of modern design, then Traditional decor is not for you. However, if you’re hoping to embrace a vibrant color scheme and surround yourself with all the best parts of Traditional design, then don’t shy away from those multi-colored rugs and accent pieces!

Accent with plush pieces: The whole intention of Traditional design is to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. So, your accent pieces should align with that mission as well. Plush items like throw pillows and throw blankets will add depth to the room in a way that is aligned with the rest of your home’s design style.

Traditional rug styles from Tumble’s best washable rug collection:

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At Tumble, we pride ourselves on having a rug design to fit every style of room and Traditional design is no exception. Our Traditional washable rugs like Hayden and Hali utilize the rich color palettes that will add a sense of warmth to your space. Other designs like Sable and Amara really embrace the intricate patterns of Traditional design but in a lighter color palette, allowing you to bring the Traditional look into your home in a more modern way. Whichever your preference is, you can’t go wrong with any of Tumble’s Traditional rug styles!

Are you looking for a more personalized recommendation on how to bring Traditional style into your home? Our designer Kerri Besse wants to help! Visit the Ask A Designer page on our website to schedule your consultation today.

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