You’re not one to take big risks when you shop for furniture. When you buy something, you want to make sure it’s a classic that won’t go out of style next year.

You like traditional decor but are afraid of having a home that’s filled with your grandmother’s stodgy furniture.

Not to worry. Today’s traditional decor is personified by elegance and history, yet is fresher and more relaxed than in the past. Here’s how to decorate in a traditional style and still keep your home looking fashionable and up-to-date.

Choose furniture with lighter finishes and clean lines

Instead of purchasing an armoire in a dark walnut or mahogany finish, select a light cherry or oak. Lighter finishes create a more casual relaxed feel. In place of tables with ornately carved details, pick pieces with graceful curves or straight lines.

Look for understated fabrics with open patterns

Rather than heavily textured brocade or velvet fabrics, stay with smooth cotton and poly blends. Mix and match solid colors with loose florals and stripes instead of paisleys and foulards. Keep embellishments to a minimum. While tassels add visual interest, too many can become distracting.

Select colors in mid-tones

Jewel tone colors are so yesterday. Go for hues in neutral creams, tans, whites, grays, and lavenders and add a few bold accents for pop. Softer colors create a more contemporary, relaxed look. If your goal is to be more formal, select shades of peach and green accented with aubergine and tan.

Keep accessories to a minimum

Nothing makes a room look more outdated than tons of accessories. Remember the adage, less is more. Instead of a group of accessories on a table or mantel, go with one statement piece.

By following these few tips, you can create a traditional look that’s current with today yet illustrates classic style.  Your Connell’s sales representative will be happy to help you find just the right traditional furnishings to decorate your home. Visit our two convenient locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark and browse our blog for even more great decorating tips.