We all know Modern styles and Traditional styles are polar opposites, so how do they blend together to create the current and beautiful Modern Traditional style for today? Modern traditional style is not purely modern nor traditional, but it has roots firmly established in both worlds.

Let’s say you have a room full of traditional furnishings and you want to update it. It’s easier than you may think and you don’t need to throw everything out – just edit and bring in some more modern pieces. Think classic wingback chairs, a richly textured rug, paired with a glass and iron coffee table, clean-lined velvet sofa and a jaw-bropping chandelier overhead.


Visual Comfort Cristol Tired Chandelier


Mitchell & Williams Hunter Sofa


One Kings Lane Dempsey Wingback Chair

If you’re starting from scratch and buying all new furniture the traditional pieces should have an updated, streamlined silhouette and modern items should live in this world, not the Jetsons. For example, the traditional wingback chair should have a modern style leg, or be slipcovered in a neutral color. Upholstery items should always be new while tables and cabinets can be vintage or antique. Balance is the key here.

A soft, neutral color palette with as much white as you can handle and hints of black, dark wood, glass and metal. Modern accessories are a must with a few vintage items for character, Artwork can be modern (on canvas or with black frames) or traditional (with beautiful wood frames). Down filled pillows with show-stopping pillow covers will complete the look. While some of the furniture can be traditional, lighting should always be sleek and modern. Tufting and nail heads are just fine as long as they’re limited and not overdone.

The Modern Traditional trend is here to stay, the mix can be changed up and options are limitless, but just be sure not to be too literal or extreme in either direction. The goal is to create a room that is inviting and comfortable, filled with character, yet completely timeless. It should look like it has evolved over time.