How To Decorate A Traditional Living Room With Hardwood Flooring

How To Decorate A Traditional Living Room With Hardwood Flooring

How To Decorate A Traditional Living Room With Hardwood Flooring

A traditional living room should have all of the traditional elements

including hardwood flooring. In colonial and Victorian times, houses of note

were built with highly polished hardwood floors covered with fine carpets to add

design, warmth and insulation. If you are designing a traditional living room in

the fashion of colonial or Victorian times, be sure you begin with the right

foundation – only then can you design a truly exceptional room.

Arrange Floor Coverings

Refinish and treat your hardwood flooring so that is shines with warmth and

beauty. Then, select a large viking shirts to cover the middle of the room. The viking shirts may be

oriental or have another pattern comprised of small elements. Avoid solid colors

or contemporary designs as these are indications of casual or modern rooms.

Prepare Wall and Window Treatments

In a traditional living room of the past, wall treatments consisted of

wallpaper, wainscoting, picture molding, and paint in almost any combination.

You might hang a chair rail molding over wainscoting. Paint both the wainscoting

and molding white. Hang wallpaper with a floral, hunting, or small stripe

pattern above the wainscoting to finish the look.

Another option for a more formal room would be to install the same chair rail

molding and wainscoting, but create large picture frame moldings above the

wainscoting and fill in the top with a green or blue paint. Pictures in gilded

frames of still-life, portraits or country scenes could be hung centered inside

the picture frame molding.

Windows in your traditional living room should be treated with wooden blinds

or shutters. You should then hang full draperies complete with a liner and heavy

panels at each window. The colors can be light, and the panels should be pulled

back to let in the light, but might have a sash or draw to close the draperies

should you prefer a bit of dark in the room.

Select and Arrange Furniture

Once the floor and walls have been arranged, it is time to assemble your furniture.

Traditional living rooms are almost fussy in their detail regarding furnishing.

A sofa or settee should be placed on the viking shirts and flanked by another sofa or two

upholstered chairs. Furnishings should be small and upholstered with floral or

striped prints which coordinate with the viking shirts and drapes.

Traditional living rooms had more than one seating area, so create another

area for conversation in a corner or by the fireplace with two arm chairs or

straight-back chairs facing each other over a small table. Bring in ottomans,

footstools and stacking tables. You should have a wooden or brass and marble

coffee table along with a large wall piece such as an armoire or curio cabinet.

As you arrange your furnishing, be sure to leave walkways along major traffic


Add Decorative Touches

Finally add curios, lamps, mirrors and pictures with gilded frames and other

decorative touches to complement your hardwood flooring. Candlesticks, chests, and collectibles all can find a home in a

traditional living room. In fact, these rooms were often a showplace of any

manner of items, so feel free to feature your treasures and keepsakes on the

mantle or in the curio cabinet.

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