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What is Traditional Furniture?

In the midst of all this wonderful furniture design happening in workrooms around the world today, it is traditional furniture that endures. To understand it better, let’s define traditional furniture. “European-inspired furniture deriving its look from the Victorian period; elaborate and formal looking with its dark woods, luxe fabrics, and intricate detail. The rich mahoganies, maples and cherries used in the construction of the frames give traditional furniture a stately elegance.”

Traditional furniture descriptions aside, traditional furniture is considered the precursor to modern furniture design, which took its cue from the Modernist movement (late 19th and early 20th century). Just look at the graceful curved lines of Provence and workmanship of Classics by Bassett to see the hallmarks that define traditional furniture.

Bassett Essex

What features make furniture traditional?

The traditional furniture definition includes a celebration of opulence. Drawing from the styles of furniture seen in the homes of royalty, traditional furniture made kings and queens of commoners -- even if that regal feeling was limited to just their living room. Traditional furniture meaning summons neutral wall colors, which can accent theHeartland Pine accent colors of the furniture; similarly, chairs and sofas are replete in warm jewel-toned upholstery.

A few of the hallmarks usually associated with traditional furniture:

  • Carved, dark wood
  • Scallops or shell designs
  • Bun feet, or ball and claw foot legs, arm rests
  • Arched backs
  • Ornamentation
  • Luxe upholstery

Provence Bedroom

Traditional Furniture at its Best

With over 100 years of history of using old world craftsmanship, Bassett endures as one of the most recognizable furniture brands in the United States. Shop a Bassett showroom near you, or shop online at any hour of the day or night. Have a question? Chat with our Design Consultants. Shop Bassett where quality, craftsmanship and customer service come in hundreds of traditional furniture pieces, from sofas to dining chairs, and tables to cabinets.

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