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Are you moving into your dream house or dreaming of finding it? If you are like most potential homeowners, you are already designing and decorating the home in your head!

How can you make your new home a stand-out with Traditional style? Traditional design is characterized by tailoring, elegance, and an overall finely-crafted style.

HGTV.com gives a history lesson on Traditional, saying, "Traditional furnishings can hail from England in the 18th century, the French countryside, or even the exotic lands of the East. Among the most popular traditional styles today are 18th-century English, 19th-century neoclassic, French country, and British Colonial revival. "

In order to achieve a traditional look, consider a few of these tips:

Old with New: There is a fine line between Traditional style and other design ascetics, such as "Old World", but if used sparingly, antiques have rich and intricate woodwork, a great compliment to the Traditional style.

Color: Traditional design can be taken in numerous directions, depending on the homeowner's particular taste. Some opt for soft, calming palettes, while others aim to please with sharply contrasting black woods paired with the neutral tones. Whites, creams, greens, and neutral tones are favorites of this style. Regardless, all Traditional designs reflect order, precision, and tailoring. There is nothing ostentatious about Traditional homes.

Fabrics: If any design could be, this style is the Capricorn of the design world, being practical and well-thought out. But that doesn't mean "boring." Don't be afraid to mix fabrics and textures. When it comes to chairs, rugs, and carpet ... think "formal". Tailoring is key. Window treatments should be perfectly fitted, and made of rich, luxurious fabrics.

Furniture: Traditional is orderly, yes, but it is not cold. Create intimate sitting areas with your furniture. Warm up areas even more with woodworking. And have your rooms open to the outdoors with perfectly chic French doors.

To find great design ideas, consider picking up a copy of Traditional Home magazine, which features some of the best Traditional homes across the nation.

Style is what you make it. Don't ever feel obligated to follow someone else's "rules" of design. Mixing and matching design styles can be a fantastic way to make your home your own. Decide on your own signature style and your home will surely reflect your unique personality.

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