One of the easiest ways to make your house look expensive is to use a traditional style of decoration. This style can guarantee a formal and regal look and add a timeless elegance to the whole atmosphere in the house. However, due to the use of rich fabrics and antique bedroom and living room furniture, it is advisable to use this style of decoration if you want a formal look for your rooms and are capable of carrying out all the maintenance that this style demands.
If you want to make your rooms look formal, traditional decoration can be the best choice. While casual look is possible with this method too, it is better to try to achieve high level of formality with a traditional decor. Once you know the basic requirements, it will become very easy to get that Victorian look in your house. The color palette is of great importance in this style and the more muted the color, the better it is for the overall setting. Bright and neon colors are not expected here. Try using neutral hues or jewel tones in the wall color. Also, you could opt for interesting wall papers to add drama to the walls. The more vivid the pattern in the wall paper, the more engaging the whole look will be. Try experimenting with wild designs and motifs for wall papers to make up for the lack of bright colors.
Another important addition in traditional decor is the fabric which must be rich and luxurious. You could use velvets and brocades for curtains and bedroom set. You can make the draperies over window as elaborate as your budget allows you to be. Sheer curtains with more layers are common in traditional looks. You can use patterned fabric for the furniture items like your sofa. Also, pillow covers and bed sheets can be made of rich fabrics. Beautifully decorated pillows can be added to sofas to add to the formal look. In general velvets and brocades can quickly transform a room from drab to fabulous.
Finely crafted furniture play a central role in traditional decor. You cannot have enough of the carvings and artistry in furniture here. You will be spoiled for choice in an antique furniture store that houses early 20 th century furniture pieces. Most such pieces will be wooden with special details in the legs. The ornamentation on these traditional furniture items alone could make the room look beautiful. However, most of the items are quite heavy due to the use of woods like mahogany and walnut. Add enough furniture pieces to make your room full without looking cluttered.
There are many types of decorative pieces that give a regal look to any room. Mirrors with detailed frames are regularly used in traditional decor. Portraits framed elegantly and still life paintings add to the sophistication of the look. Many other types of accessories like statues, tapestries and flower vases can be used to add to the formal look.