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The 5 classical style essentials you need for a contemporary retrofit

If you’re as enamored by the classical style as we are, then you’re definitely at the right place. There’s just something so elegant and inherently attractive about the details and graceful aesthetics of this style. It makes you feel as if you’re sitting in your very own royal court when you’re within the comfort of your own room. If you’re thinking about emulating this style in your homes, here are 5 classical style essentials you’ll need for your contemporary retrofit.

 

1. An ambient ceiling

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The ceiling has always been an important part of the classical style. While in the past it used to be extremely elaborate with a tall height and painted, molded details, you can still achieve its grand aesthetic by being contemporary. You simply need to create the right balance of layering and lighting for it to look good. The layered tray ceiling featured in this image is a great example.

 

2. Wainscot-like elements

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What used to be known as wainscoting in the past is now called wall beading, and it’s the perfect way to add a classical touch to your contemporary interiors. You can even get creative with how you can design it on your walls. While usually very straightforward, you can play with the height and shape of the rectangles for a customized effect. The feature media wall in this image showcases an excellent wall beading.

 

3. Interesting lighting

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While you can just hang a simple chandelier in the middle of the room and call it a day, that can be a little too on-the-nose for a contemporary retrofit. So, instead of being so obvious, you can simply play with a lot of accent lights on the periphery to get a creative ambiance. The downlighters used in this living room are a great example of how to be subtle about this feature.

 

4. Stylish furniture

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No amount of classical design elements in a contemporary space can have as amazing an impact as stylish furniture. Make sure to always pick pieces that have a beautiful traditional flair in the designs. If you look at this image, you’ll see how the gold filigree and tufted upholstery of the couch become a scene stealer within the whole ambiance.

 

5. Accessories and decor

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And lastly, you can’t have a truly classical retrofit in a contemporary ambiance without being selective with your décor and accessories. From light fixtures that resemble sconces to hardware that looks antique and decoration pieces that emulate a vintage effect, there’s a lot you can do. You can even balance it all out with a few modern statement pieces in the mix as well.

 

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