Traditional Wall Decor

I always remember visiting Grandpa’s house. His lame dad jokes (or rather Grandpa jokes) never failed to make me break out in hysterical laughter. 

Till now, I wonder if they were genuinely funny or just plain silly. 

But I digress. 

The other thing that made me look forward to visiting their home was because it was warm and cozy. 

There was nothing flashy or stood out, and it reflected his and Grandma’s characters: strong, steady, and silent. 

As I grew older and became somewhat obsessed with wall decor, I began to understand that their style was a traditional one. 

What gives?

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What is traditional style in interior design?

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Light Shaded Classic Traditional Chandelier
Light Shaded Classic Traditional Chandelier


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Lilianna Upholstered Bench


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Godfrey Foil Picture Frame


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You probably have seen it yourself, or might have designed your own home this way.

Traditional style is characterized by its orderliness, its predictability, and how everything seems to blend in and match up seamlessly. 

Some might call it boring and outdated, but it represents calm to me. 

When you step into a place that is traditionally decked out, you will notice that the furniture and decorations used are plain or neutral colored. 

They represent a classic look, none more so than straight lines that are either horizontal or vertical that are punctuated by gentle curves. 

No room for funny looking shapes or objects here.

Common elements you will find in a traditional home are upholstered furniture, formal dining room settings, dark hues and tones, hardwood floors, and classical lamps or sconces.

It’s not uncommon to find an antique piece here and there too to add to the flavor. 

I love that you can create a luxurious look that is also warm and inviting. 

Overall, this style really makes the place feel like a home, rather than a gallery.

How do you decorate a wall to be in the traditional style?

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I have a few ideas to share with you, and beyond that, I have also found some amazing Traditional Wall Decor that other people have incorporated into their homes. 

To begin, you can consider turning one wall into a feature. What do I mean by this? 

Pick out one wall and turn it into a centerpiece. You can do so by installing wallpaper to this particular section. 

Choose a personalised print, or make use of traditional designs like multi colored florals or dark tones to create a backdrop that can be easily contrasted. I have seen a lot of people set up traditional wall decor behind sofas, often with a large accent wall mirror. That’s a pretty nice backdrop for when you are reading your favorite book. 

Another way is to hang ceramic wall plates. They may seem old school, but that’s exactly how traditional style is. 

Sconces are also perfect lighting options, as they give off a more classic look that blends well with the design. 

Moving on to the windows, try to select heavy and dark tapestries rather than using blinds or rollers. You can also add in under drapes or wooden valances to bring out the look even more. Talk about window dressing! 

As I always say, you don’t need to be a stickler for rules. 

Be sure to add in your own creativity to create something that belongs to you. 

Adding modern elements in is a great option, as you explore the transitional style of interior design. 

How do you choose traditional style wall designs?

Here are some of the key characteristics that you can use as a guide when choosing the types of wall decor to put up: 

  • 17th to 18th century European style
  • Dark wood finishings
  • Brown, red and dark green are the most common colors used
  • Contrast with paisley, floral or plaid accessories such as cushions, wallpaper or even curtains
  • Add in a piece or two of carved furniture
  • Invest in an antique art painting
  • Make use of ceramic pieces such as vases, china and lamps to bring about a luxury feel

I feel at times that traditional style has some overlaps with Scandinavian wall decor, particularly the simplicity and clean look. 

Show me some Traditional Wall Decor Ideas!

1. Beverly Hills Family Dwelling

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Josette 1 Light Dimmable Swing Arm
Josette 1 – Light Dimmable Swing Arm. Functional and stylish, it adds a modern touch to the traditional style without missing a beat.


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Mormon Row Barn wall art
Mormon Row Barn Wall Art. Beautiful picture that is framed professionally and has a matte finish.


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Sepia Sycamore Tree
Sepia Sycamore Tree. Lovely painting that is framed in a dark brown frame with a touch of gold. Classy.


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2. Antique Wood Traditional Bedroom, LA

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Gleaming Face Accented African Wood Mask Wall Décor
Gleaming Face Accented African Wood Mask Wall Décor. Revealing intricate textures, embossed brass decorates the face of this African mask while embossed aluminum accentuates the forehead.


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Zebra Curves African Wood Mask Wall Décor
Zebra Curves African Wood Mask Wall Décor. Painted with rustic, curved zebra stripes, this African mask is designed by Theophilus Sackey. Local artisans hand-carve this mask from sese wood, painted with red accents at the eyes and lips.


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Giraffe Adult and Foal on Savanna Wall Art
Giraffe Adult and Foal on Savanna. Custom framed museum quality giclee on canvas.


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3. Traditional Family Room Idea, Charleston

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Glass Wall Sconce. Update your traditional style home with this stylish candle sconce. You can use real candles or opt for a flameless LED bulb.


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River Sketch I Megan Meagher
River Sketch I Megan Meagher. Painting printed on canvas, fade resistant and framed in high quality wood.


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Raylee Traditional Accent Mirror
Raylee Traditional Accent Mirror. Its gleaming glass center is surrounded by an equally reflective frame, while beveled edges add depth and dimension. Hang it horizontally or vertically. Both ways work well.


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4. Traditional Family Room, Minneapolis

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Madame Antoinette Salon Accent Mirror
Madame Antoinette Salon Accent Mirror. Sculpted roses spring forth from this replica 17th-century antique destined to become a striking centerpiece of your home.


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Fleeton 2-Light Flush Mount
Fleeton 2-Light Flush Mount. This 2-Light Flush Mount sleek style provides illumination without glare. The brushed nickel finish of the diffusing mesh cage overlay generates soft, ambient light.


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Skiatook 3 Piece Table and Floor Lamp Set
Skiatook 3 Piece Table and Floor Lamp Set. Inspired by wrought ironwork, each piece is accented by bent metal bars for a traditional appearance, while matching cream fabric bell shades diffuse soft light throughout your space.


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5. Dallas Bedroom Remodel

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Jean Chandelier. Six separate shades alternate perfectly to create this sophisticated chandelier. This traditional silhouette is finished with a chain for hanging and accented with a spherical orb at the bottom.


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Dotted Butterfly Framed Painting
Dotted Butterfly Framed Painting. Authentic painting by a talented artist. Comes ready to be hung.


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Beasley Solid Semi-Sheer Petal Rod Pocket Curtains
Beasley Solid Semi-Sheer Petal Rod Pocket Curtains. Made from dozens of nylon petals, this handmade sheer curtain features fresh and playful ruffles in an airy-white hue. There is a rod pocket that lets you hang this piece of tapestry up easily.


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6. Monte Sereno Traditional Residence

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Gold Accent Mirror
Gold Accent Mirror. This striking piece is sure to add a touch of dazzle in any room. It brightens up the room and ups the classy ante.


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Desert Scene Oil Painting Print
Desert Scene Oil Painting Print. Made using the Giclee method, which ensures high quality prints. The dessert scene is beautiful and calming.


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Aztec Metal and Wood Tile Wall Décor
Aztec Metal and Wood Tile Wall Décor. A distinctive motif to spruce up the looks of any living space. Hand crafted and finished in distressed metal.


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More Traditional Style Wall Decor here!


Landscape Picture Frame Print on Canvas
Landscape Picture Frame Print on Canvas


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4 Piece Metal Plaque Wall Décor Set
4 Piece Metal Plaque Wall Décor Set


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God Bless Our Home Wall Sign
God Bless Our Home Wall Sign


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Swirl Metal Wall Décor
Swirl Metal Wall Décor


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Ceramic Flowers Wall Décor Set
Ceramic Flowers Wall Décor Set


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Distressed Wood Wall Décor
Distressed Wood Wall Décor


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Metal Laundry Room Wall Décor
Metal Laundry Room Wall Décor


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Dealba Sun Wave Wall Accent


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Round Medallion Wood and Metal Wall Décor
Round Medallion Wood and Metal Wall Décor


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3 Piece Pine Solid Wood Floating Shelf
3 Piece Pine Solid Wood Floating Shelf


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Premont 2 Piece Floating Shelf Set


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Pinewood Solid Wood Floating Shelf
Pinewood Solid Wood Floating Wall Shelf


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Leavens Country Beveled Accent Mirror
Leavens Country Beveled Accent Mirror


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Harmen Rectangle Accent Wall Mirror
Harmen Rectangle Accent Wall Mirror


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Distressed Accent Mirror
Distressed Accent Mirror


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Corinth Traditional Wall Picture Frame
Corinth Traditional Wall Picture Frame


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Hayhurst Wide Ornate Picture Frame


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Decorative Wood Photo Collage Wall Hanging Wall Photo Frame
Decorative Wood Photo Collage Wall Hanging Wall Photo Frame


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Oversized Whipe Wall Clock


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Glastbury Wall Clock


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Rudden Wall Clock
Rudden Wall Clock


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Duhon Coat Rack


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Steinberger Decorative Scroll Wall Hook


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South Perth Wall Mounted Coat Rack
South Perth Wall Mounted Coat Rack


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Cresthaven Wall Mounted Coat Rack
Cresthaven Wall Mounted Coat Rack


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Vannoy Coat Rack
Vannoy Coat Rack


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Eurich Pill Top Wall Mounted Coat Rack
Eurich Pill Top Wall Mounted Coat Rack


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Emma Taylor

Emma Taylor is the Chief Editor at Wallccessories and writes regularly about topics surrounding home decor. Her family has moved several times over the years due to her husband's job requirements, and thanks to that, she has had many opportunities to dabble in designing and decorating real cozy homes.