When it comes to elegance, you can’t beat traditional interior styles. Many older or period homes simply wouldn’t work with contemporary or minimal design. But traditional design isn’t just for grand Victorian or Georgian houses or cosy thatched cottages. With a little ingenuity, you can capture that traditional feel in a new-build home too.
Lighting plays a big part in traditional design and helps you capture that all important warmth and romance. When choosing your light bulbs, be sure to choose warm white LEDs. The slightly orangey light will add warmth to create the right atmosphere.
Your traditional design ideas will depend on your house. In older houses with high ceilings, you can cut a real dash with chandeliers and ornate ceiling light fittings (luminaires). These won’t be suitable for cottages with low ceilings because there won’t be enough headroom, but there is a fantastic range of traditional wall lights or sconces around to compensate, which are all LED compatible.
Table lamps are a must and perfect for lighting those cosy nooks. The coloured stained glass in a tiffany lamp makes a real arts and crafts feature in a traditional style room. Old brass or silver candlesticks make stunning lamps. Complete electric kits can be bought to insert into the candlestick, add a shade and an LED bulb, and create your own antique lamp.
If you’re planning your room on a tight budget, have a go at making your own lampshades. Old shades can be picked up for a song at car boot sales and charity shops. Remove the existing cover and use the frame to make a new lampshade using remnants of material. Add an LED bulb to your lamp for style on a shoestring.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, be sure to make it the focal point of the room. Group furniture informally round the fireplace, and don’t forget the lighting. Sconces on a chimney breast will accent your fireplace, and cast light on the mantel shelf. Dimmer switches are a good idea here, so you can increase or decrease the lighting levels. LEDs are now available for dimmers, making them flexible as well as affordable. Now all you’ll need is a large bag of marshmallows and a toasting fork for a perfect traditional night in front of the fire.