There are a lot of connotations to this word, some good and some bad. This makes sense. Some traditions pass away because they should, of course. Or at least, they adapt with the changing needs of people, not the other way around. But, let’s talk about the good aspects of the term ‘tradition’ when it comes to decor, which really is about familiarity. It’s about feeling safe at home. It’s about comfort.
And where is comfort, familiarity, and feeling safe at home more important than in your living room?
Let’s take a look at what the traditional living room looks like in the graphic below.
Traditional living rooms centered around activities
What do you use your living room for, anyway? Is it a TV-watching room? Is it a sitting and chatting space? What about a big reading nook? A lot of the traditional living room decor will be ruled by the answers to these questions. This certainly will help you figure out how to choose artwork, and accessories like vases. It might even help you choose pieces of furniture that are traditionally designed to support the function of a room; coffee tables, bookcases, entertainment center cabinets. The style and thematic direction of a traditional living room will rely on how comfortable those activities are when you, your family, and your guests will be when you spend time there engaged in them.
Comfort in your living room
The thing about comfort is that a good deal of our sense of it comes from psychological effects of color, of texture, and even things like patterns and shapes. In the traditional living room, right angles with the odd circular flourish, and muted color contrasts are usually the thing. This is not to say that “traditional” equals “boring”, and of course all of this relies heavily on who you are, and what it is you associate with being comfortable.
Make your own traditions
This is what it comes down to. This is especially true now in the 21st Century, when home decor experts, design enthusiasts, and homeowners looking to add a little subtle style into their spaces are thinking about how to infuse their surroundings with something of their own personalities. In this, the idea of traditional takes on a new meaning. What’s been traditional in the past can be morphed, changed, adapted, for the future. It’s certainly something to share with others as those traditions deepen into the future.
Some questions for you
- What were the traditional aspects of your living room growing up?
- How much have those traditions changed in your own living room today?
- What aspect of home decor, particularly in a living room, do you find the most comfortable, or comforting?
- What textures, colors, and design traditions do you think are becoming more and more ‘traditional’?
Tell me all about it in the comments section!