30 traditional living room decor ideas

After a more traditional vibe for your living room? You’re not alone, that why we’ve compiled a massive list of some of the very best ways in which you can introduce some classical elegance to your living room. See our top 30 traditional living room decorating ideas right here:

  1. Get a framed print for your favourite photos.
  2. Family photos are timeless, so why not dedicate a little corner of your living room to displaying some of your best photos of your nearest and dearest. Home is where the heart is, after all!
  3. Invest in a vintage lampshade for a low-key, elegant lighting solution.
Increase your room’s elegance with a vintage fitting
  1. Reclaimed objects can give your living room that quirky, traditional look that you’re after. Get yourself down to your local flea market!
  2. Don’t forget about the walls! One of our best wall décor ideas is to cover them with some wall art. Add a poster with frame for some traditional flair.
Deck the walls with hall art!
Deck the walls with hall art!
  1. Buy some factory lights for an old-school, industrial appearance.
  2. Make a traditional living room really zing by painting it with bright colours.
  3. Create your very own library by covering an entire wall with a bookshelf.
A touch of class
  1. Make a proper statement with your fabrics. A boldly patterned rug could be a great finishing touch to a traditional living room design.
  2. Introduce a floral element to your living room. Flowers are timeless – whether you want a traditional or modern look, they’re a brilliant choice. Decorate your shelves with them or print flowery images on your cushions and accessories.
Bring in flowers for a floral finish
  1. Make a piece of artwork the focal point of your living room. If you’ve got a photo that think could really make the room pop, get it framed and let it take pride of place in the room.
  2. Contrast dark tones with heavy industrial features for a unique tradition living room.
  3. Throws and blankets are a wonderful way of introducing some traditional comfort into your living room.
For a homely addition, a blanket works best
  1. Use heavy curtains to bring some vintage Gothic ambience to your living room.
  2. Introduce a big, oversized mirror for that old-school Victorian look that’s both elegant and functional.
Light it up with an oversized mirror
  1. Investing in traditional wooden furniture is a super easy way of adding to your living room’s traditional décor.
  2. Aged metals are a fantastic choice for a traditional living room decoration. Brass candlestick holders or lamps can add a whole lot of character to your living room.
  3. Neutral colours never go out of style! You can get a timeless, traditional look by painting your walls that perfect shade of creamy off-white.
  4. Make sure that your living room gets lots of light by introducing translucent pieces of furniture into your home. You’ll feel like you’re living in a classic Scandinavian homestead in no time!
Translucent furniture is the way forward
  1. A big shaggy rug could add just the right amount of classic comfort to your living room decorations.
Get snug with a shaggy rug
  1. Potted plants can be a great way of emphasising the natural elements of your living room. If you can find a tall plant which matches your room’s colour scheme, all the better! You can use it to accentuate the room’s height.
  2. Minimise the amount of technology you have in the room for an old-school aesthetic. The main thing you need to consider is the television. The most practical solution is to keep it in a cabinet that you can close when it’s not in use.
  3. Pick a couple of signature pieces to build your living room around. A traditional chandelier, fireplace, or antique could be the perfect
Classy, but totally traditional
  1. It’s certainly true that many traditional living rooms opt for a toned-down aesthetic. However, that doesn’t mean that big, bold patterns don’t have their place. Zig-zags, florals, and stripes are all great choices for more of a retro look.
  2. A grandfather clock can be an amazing signature piece that really unifies the room.
What time is it? Here’s one way to find out!
  1. Style up your sofa with some new cushions. Get them with tassels and frills for added verve, or print one of your favourite images on them.
  2. In case you were wondering, purple’s becoming increasingly stylish! Use it as an accent to really make the room pop.
Perfect in purple
  1. If you’ve got kids, why not invest in some traditional toys. A classic dollhouse can be a great statement piece, plus, the kids will love it!
  2. From metal tins to vinyl turntables, there’s plenty of charming traditional accessories that you could use to add some character to your living room.
  3. Finish everything off with some retro wallpaper – crazy colours and vivacious patterns are your friend!
Add retro wallpaper for a traditional finish

Found something you think could work for your living room? There’s no time like now to get started!

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