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  • Amanda Arcone

The New Traditional Home Design

What comes to mind when you hear "traditional home"? If you're like many homeowners, you might think of words like classic, comfortable...and maybe a little outdated. However, traditional homes look less and less like builder-grade designs from the early 2000s and more like fresh spaces bordering minimalism while packing a juicy punch of color and a nod to the past.

Keep reading for my thoughts and observations on how traditional homes have changed.


I've written a blog post in the past about this topic. While the general consensus from many homeowners, builders, designers, and architects is that the open-concept floor plan is becoming a thing of the past, a subset of laypeople and professionals in these demographics have found a happy medium. I am in the middle of a project that is doing just that!


We use an open floor plan but delineate each space with its color palette and distinct layout, creating division without using walls.

Monochromatic colors, or using various tones of the same color, make huge waves in the interior design and decorating industry. They make a room feel streamlined and elegant, allowing the texture of the furnishings (woven, wood, metal, etc.) to become the highlight.

Mixing patterns with a congruent color is also popular for homeowners who want to show off their vibrant side.


Heavy drapery that once graced the windows of traditional homes is being replaced with sheer panels and woven shades - or, more commonly - with Roman shades and custom cornices. These options are more minimal and no less stylish.

Shades dress up windows beautifully, protect your privacy, and offer design flexibility, whether alone or paired with panels or a handmade cornice.

If you need help figuring out a new layout, window treatments, or a color palette, email me at Making homes pretty is my superpower!

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