After years of modern and contemporary interiors, traditionalism is making a graceful comeback to the design world. The great thing about this is that traditional design is timeless, sophisticated and perpetually in style. The challenge people often run into is making it feel fresh and inviting.

Whether you live in a traditional estate or just have a knack for traditionalist pieces, these décor tips are just what you need to liven up your interior.

Make room for contemporary elements.
Neo-traditional décor feels new when contemporary materials and shapes make an appearance. This may mean a sputnik chandelier in a traditional dining room, or a lucite coffee table in a sitting room.

Stick with silhouettes.
If you want your traditional décor to stray away from stuffiness, stick with solid colors. A chesterfield sofa with floral upholstery has a very granny-chic vibe, but if you swap it out for a colorful velvet or leather, you’ll get a modernized take on a traditional silhouette.

Change up your hardware.
A traditional kitchen can feel fresh and clean, but it often requires a few contemporary elements to really make it pop. Caesar-stone countertops, hardwood floors, and a ceramic tile backsplash work wonders for this. Swapping out old cabinet and drawer knobs for sleek handles can also add to the look.

Work in worldly items.
Traditional homes will often include elements of American, European, and Chinese design, but it never hurts to mix it up by incorporating décor from a variety of cultural landscapes. Swap out your oriental rug for a kilim or bring in a handcrafted side table from South Africa to add visual interest.

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