Design Materials Used in a Traditional Style Home

Those seeking to renovate or build a traditional style home will need specific design materials to achieve this look. Traditional homes are classic and timeless, presenting a universal sense of comfort and elegance. This type of design style stands the test of time with its disciplined, structured patterns and finishes.

With that said, homeowners will need rich wood tones, ornate architectural details, elegant draperies and refined, yet comfortable design features. Below are design materials used in traditional style homes.


Traditional style homes feature warm and inviting wood tones in rich wood colors like cherry wood, dark colored wood and wood with warm undertones. Wood can be used for flooring, ornate built-ins and columns.

Metal Finishes

Metal finishes like brass, oil-rubbed bronze and silver should be used to achieve a traditional décor scheme. These finishes can be used for picture frames, kitchen and bathroom hardware or for mirrors to elevate the traditional design.


Leather is a material commonly used in traditional design. Leather couches, ottomans, and other furniture can be used to warm up the design scheme. The materials used in traditional design are typically heavier like leather is. Upholstered furniture is another popular design staple.

Window Treatments

Heavier window treatments and draperies are used in traditional style homes, in dark colors to create color depth. Heavily lined or bulky drapes that span floor to window are common in traditional homes. These window treatments give the room a prominent feel.


Ornate details such as moldings or other architectural details will make each room in your traditional home stand out. These impressive details are what make traditional style houses grand and elegant.

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