Traditional

Traditional decorating depends on classic furniture pieces, symmetrical arrangements, and rich color schemes. Giving your home a traditional look filled with the comforts of modern life is easy when you use our helpful tips and inspiring photos of traditionally decorated rooms. Learn how a handful of simple, handcrafted elements can lend a traditional look without looking dated.

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This Minnesota home's original wallpapered halls are at the heart of its youthful decor.
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The details! The drama! The intrigue! And we're not just talking about the plotlines. The decor of Downton Abbey is almost as compelling as the theatrics that play out within them. To feed your love of everything Edwardian, we give you these rooms. They capture the style of the Downton homes but with a few modern twists. (If you take a minute to fantasize about taking tea with the ladies of Downton in these rooms, we won't tell.) (Warning: Spoiler alerts ahead. Go watch the latest season and come back for the eye candy.)
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When served in surroundings that exude an inviting formality, even the simplest of meals takes on a rich flavor. Browse this collection of rooms for decorating ideas that set the stage for graceful entertaining.
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This 1851 Victorian-style row house in historic Savannah, Georgia strikes a sophisticated balance between traditional and modern styles.
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See how interior designer Kristen Cox and her husband, architect Craig Cox, transformed this downtrodden Charlotte, North Carolina, duplex into a stunning Southern charmer.
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Accessories can make a house a home, as proven by blogger Gwen Hefner of The Makerista, who infused her suburban abode with meaningful touches. Flea market finds and sophisticated do-it-yourself projects bring in layers of color and pattern to the custom home that stands the test of time.
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A young couple restore a 1934 home’s period style and tackle an upper-level addition through a lot of their own hard work and a little help from the pros.
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After years of neglect, this Alabama home gets a major renovation and is transformed into a breathtaking space worthy of a spot on the small screen.
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Like many Victorian homes, this 1870s house has long, narrow, and compartmentalized. The renovation challenge: maintain the Victorian feel, while opening up the space.
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This 60-year-old Connecticut farmhouse hadn't seen any major changes since it was built, and the owners felt it was time for change. Within their facelift renovation, they maintained the home's original charm while adding elegantly simple style.
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An 1885 waterfront Victorian in Massachusetts gets a thoughtful renovation by working within the existing house footprint.
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1960s-based movie The Help and ABC's just-launched period drama Pan Am have revived interest in the rollicking '60s -- and stylists for The Help even looked to the pages of Better Homes and Gardens for inspiration. So we've taken a peek back, too, and loved what we found. These retro covers plus tips from our 1960s features will excite you today.
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Interior designer Jennifer Watty delights in colorful interiors -- especially the warm, happy spaces she designed for her own family.