Guest Picks: Update a Traditional Living Room

16 Jul

Guest Picks: Update a Traditional Living Room

I am currently helping a family update their living room décor. The traditional wood cabinetry they’ve needed for decades dictates the vibe of this room, so we’re looking for accessories and furniture that will work nicely with the timeless look yet portray the family’s fun and youthful character. Here are a few selections that will allow you to update a traditional living room, too. — Chedva out of Rooms and Words

Jayson Home

Classic Suzani Pillow, Large – $350

Vintage textiles are so perfect for adding depth and character to an area — I just can’t get enough of these. The pink is my favorite.


Treetop Chandelier – $648

This chandelier, motivated by treetops, is equally classic and tongue-in-cheek. I love décor that does not take itself too seriously, and I believe this will be a great match for a living room.

Tan Moroccan Leather Pouf – $450

I love this leather Moroccan pouf because it adds some bohemian fun to any room, yet it still looks timeless because of the leather.


Ditte Sofa, Tufted – $3,998

This is a brilliant take on the classic tufted sofa! This sofa has tufting on the exterior rather than on the chair. The thighs are so tasteful.


Lilly Pulitzer Home Lillian Side Table – $429

Doesn’t this side table look like something out of Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin? I would smile every time I set my coffee mug on it.

West Elm

Washed Hexagonal Tile Printed Dhurrie – $29

I believe this dhurrie will look great in a room with traditional bones because of its lightness and slightly geometric pattern. The colour will even help lighten up the heavier atmosphere of their timber cabinets.

High Street Market

Fairmont Nickel & Mirror Side Table – $995

What I love about this mirror table is the fact that it can function as either a side table (you can never have enough of those) and a display/storage piece. The mirror and the nickel are all excellent because they’re reflective and make the space appear larger. They look great in any decor scheme, whether traditional or contemporary.

Furbish Studio

Calla Lamp – $275

This is such an enjoyable lamp. Accent lighting is so important to create a mood, especially in a living room. Additionally, if you select table lamps, then you may too make an impression. I love the size of this Calla Lamp.

West Elm

Faceted Mirror Side Table – $199

It never stops to amaze me how versatile antiqued mirrors can be. I love the triangles the aspects create on this piece because, like all geometrics, they create a room immediately more hip.

Contemporary Decorative Pillows – $55

This pillow is based on a classic Moorish pattern, and the colours bring it directly to contemporary times.

Design Within Reach

Etch Pendant, Brass – $375

Tom Dixon designs light that is cutting edge yet seems like it has ever been here. This pendant is ideal for adding a contemporary twist to your traditional living room.


Rens Sheepskin, White – $29.99

You don’t need to utilize this sheepskin as a rug — just throw it onto any contemporary seat to snug up it and make it talk to the more traditional pieces inside the room.

Design Within Reach

Wassily® Chair, Canvas – $1,800

Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair is an instant modern update for your room. It is stunning.

The Well Appointed House

Swedish Cassanova Loveseat – $1,300

I love the clean lines of this love chair. It is like the ideal union between Swedish and French design, and it can work in so many different decorating schemes. Versatility is essential.

Restoration Hardware

Subway Sign Art Washington – $650

Typography is an instant update to any room, especially when it’s in black and white.

Live Like You

Nelson Limed Oak Screen – $2,998

Another fast update is incorporating a display. It is a great way to add height, pattern and interest . I love that this one is made of limed oak.


Origami Coffee Table – $1,298

Clean lines plus a glass top is devotion in my novel. This is a coffee table that will allow your decor to shine and will not predominate too much visual distance.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler Lacquer Tray, White – $150

I love trays because they’re useful in addition to cosmetic. This one by Jonathan Adler is sophisticated with all the lacquer finish, but it’s still easy enough to operate with traditional decor.

Jonathan Adler

Meurice Rectangle Chandelier – $1,350

This is just another enjoyable chandelier to appreciate. It has midcentury-modern design, but the gold and brass will make it match in a more traditional setting while incorporating some glam into the mix.

Zhush LLC

Ceramic Elephant Side Table – $250

This elephant is so sweet and whimsical it will take years from a too-serious living room. You can use it as a side table, a plant holder or a place to just put a heap of books.

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