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What is Traditional Furniture?

Traditional furniture is furniture that derives its look from the Victorian period. It is generally considered the precursor to modern furniture design, which took its cues from the Modernist movement of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Traditional furniture is inspired by European design of the 18th and 19th centuries. Additionally, the style is known for its old world craftsmanship, ornately carved dark wood and formal feel. It isn’t uncommon to see traditional style furniture with carved, claw foot legs or arm rests. The ornate nature of traditional furniture along with the rich mahoganies, maples and cherries used in the construction of the frames give traditional furniture a stately elegance.

Traditional decor tends toward walls with neutral colors, helping to accent the accent colors of the furniture. Warm jewel tones were popular upholstery colors for traditional chairs and sofas.

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What features make furniture traditional?

In a broad sense, traditional furniture was a celebration of opulence. It drew from the style of furniture that one might see in the homes of royalty. Traditional furniture made kings of commoners, even if that regal feeling was just limited to their living room.

Here are just a few of the features and traits commonly associated with traditional furniture:

  • Carved, dark wood
  • Scallops or shell designs
  • Bun feet or claw and ball foot legs
  • Arched backs
  • Very ornate
  • Upholstery in rich, solid colors

Bassett’s Line of Traditional Furniture

One of oldest, recognizable furniture brands in the United States, Bassett has been selling fine traditional furniture for over 100 years. With styles influence by the traditional pieces of 18th and 19th century Italy, France and England, Bassett offers traditional style sofas, chairs and dining room furiture. You'll love the rich, dark woods, elegant accents and custom, jewel-toned upholstery.

Before you shop for your living room furniture, stop by a Bassett showroom near you and speak with an interior design expert. We’ve got hundreds of traditional furniture pieces on display from traditional sofas to dining chairs and ornate cabinets. And when you shop with us, you can buy with confidence knowing that you’re getting top quality craftsmanship and customer service.

Hope to see you at a Bassett showroom soon!

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