9 Pieces of Traditional Decor That Will Stand the Test of Time

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While plenty of decor trends are fleeting, traditional style has already proven that it's timeless. Centuries-old designs, from the cabriole leg to tufted upholstery, are still completely relevant. That's why we've gathered a list of beautiful traditional furniture that you can incorporate into your home. Whether you prefer to commit to the antique look or mix the classic and contemporary together, here are traditional decor items that will always be in style.

1. West Elm Modern Chesterfield Sofa, from $1,599

The Chesterfield sofa was popularized in the 19th century. The Victorian style is known for its deep button tufting, nailhead trim, and rolled English arms. This version comes in 18 different fabric styles, including this rich velvet, with metal legs and a deep seat to give it a modern feel. The iconic, regal piece feels equally at home in traditional and modern environments.

2. Urban Outfitters Virginia Six-Drawer Dresser, $899

Dark brown wood is a signature of traditional decor. This romantic dresser, made of mango and acacia wood, fits the bill perfectly. With three rows of two drawers, it will hold all your necessities. Its wavy, curved base and charming, iron pulls complete the feminine vibe.

3. Pottery Barn Champlain Wingback Leather Chair, from $1,199

The wingback chair was first introduced in 18th-century England and has remained a beloved seat ever since. The term 'wing' refers to the high backrest outfitted with padded sides for resting one's head. This soft leather iteration has rounded wing tips and lightly rolled arms. It's truly a living room hero.

4. Jonathan Y Grace Floral LED Table Lamp, $67.99

This hand-painted floral lamp evokes an old-timey European feel, but at an affordable price point.

5. Steve Silver Crowley Cocktail Table, $168.20

Scrolled metal legs are the centerpiece of this traditional coffee table. The elaborate, curly base is extremely sturdy and topped with rich, dark cherry wood. The fancy scalloped edging adds extra grandeur.

6. Mercer41 Harriett Upholstered Panel Bed, from $655

Hand-finished diamond tufting and a glamorous wingback shape define this traditional bed. It can be fashioned in a variety of velvets and linens, so you can choose either understated or bold upholstery. Either way, it's a luxurious, stately piece.

7. Pottery Barn Banks Extending Dining Table, $1,999

Crafted of kiln-dried solid poplar, medium-density fibreboard, and alder veneer, this large extendable table is a classic that will last for generations.

8. Three Posts Duffield Upholstered Chairs, $549.99 for set of two

This set of upholstered dining chairs offers square seat cushions, circular backs, and turned legs. The method of creating turned furniture dates back to at least the 17th century when wooden spindles would be shaped using a chisel as they were spun around. While this technique was done by hand, machines can now easily accomplish the same look.

9. Safavieh Lyndhurst Feryal Traditional Medallion Rug, from $27.62

The origin of traditional medallion rugs is literally ancient — there is evidence they existed possibly as early as 2000 BC. While you may not think of this history when you look at a gorgeous, floral pattern, just know that this type of design is as traditional as it gets. This particular rug comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes.


Morgan Goldberg is a writer based in Los Angeles. She likes pasta, hiking, and crossword puzzles.

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