New Traditional: Artwork & Accessories

New Traditional: Artwork & Accessories

Cate West Zahl
Jun 14, 2012

New Traditional decor is all about layering unique wares in an edited fashion. For the most part, upholstery is kept neutral, allowing for artwork and accessories to take center stage.

Walls are adorned intentionally, with unique antique salvaged mirrors, sconces, and, in some cases, architectural remnants. Salon groupings of artwork are usually done in matching frames, for a tailored look. Special oil paintings, impressionistic portraits, or landscapes are usually hung on their own so as not to compete with other decor. Drawings, architectural studies or botanical prints framed simply with over-sized mats seem to be a popular choice.

When it comes to accessories, it's an exercise in mixing and matching. Natural curiosities are pared with antique silver dishes; staffordshire chinaware is placed on stacks of books next to something organic, like an oversized branch. The point is that hard meets soft, old meets new, color meets neutral tones. It's all about juxtaposition, scale and placement.

1. Sybaritic Spaces
2. Dwelement
3. Elle Decor
4. The City Sage
5. Aesthetically Thinking

1. Houzz
2. Lonny
3. Milk and Honey Home
4. Apartment Therapy

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