How to decorate a Traditional Style living room - with a pop of lavender

Lately I've been very interested in the concept of creating something beautiful and creative, out of a traditional base.

This colour scheme will work in almost any traditional setting. It's warm, welcoming, with just the right amount of interest. The lavender is an unexpected pop and you will see soon how wonderful it can look!

The Colours:
(Rimu is a beautiful deep honey-coloured New Zealand native timber, but any type of wood will do - including a mixture of darks and lights)

The Patterns:

When viewed like this, the florals can seems a little too feminine, but the stripes add masculinity and you only need a little of each. You need to be careful to mix Large Scale and Small Scale patterns. The colours can tie together but do not need to actually match.

The Moodboard:

Quilt and pouff: Wallace Cotton/ All furniture: Early Settler/ Large floral pillow: Etsy
For this scheme I've chosen a Resene paint called Thordon Cream - it has a greyish base rather than a yellow one, which looks amazing with reddish brown tones. 
The lavender tufted armchair has changed my mind about purple forever! One of these in the corner of the room would be bliss.
A mixture of picture frames grouped together on the wall adds interest and the simple country patterns make it sweet and homely.

The Virtual Mockup:

For fun, I've modelled this in Photoshop onto my parent's living room... it's rough of course, but you get the idea. (The walls are actually currently a deep crimson!). I love their old 'Birds of New Zealand' print on the wall (the others were photoshopped in).
It's very hard to make the paint look the correct colour on an image like this - picture it a little deeper and I think that's more accurate. :)

I for one never thought I would be a fan of lavender in this setting, but I really like it. In fact I have a traditional dining room coming up in the next post, with a little more.

How do you feel about 'Traditional' style decorating?

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  1. Oh wow how lovely! I'm all for this decorating style.

  2. Its beautiful! I love the lavender chair and the pillow. So pretty!

  3. love, Love, LOVE the large floral print pillow!!!!


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