Formal Interiors for Today’s Lifestyles

Interior design, when done for formal interiors, has changed a lot. Strong lines, perfect craftsmanship, and a sense of drama are often the bones of today’s more relaxed formal interiors. Symmetry may or may not play a part, as well.

upscale and dramatic on trend for 2017 dining room in white and turquoise with a white shag area rug

Today’s formal homes often do not have hand-laid herringbone hardwood flooring, elaborate plaster moldings, or 18″ tall baseboards, or elaborate plaster moldings.t Even so, elements such as very tall ceilings, dramatic windows, spectacular kitchens, or enormous furniture in spacious living rooms are elements of formal style that lend themselves to our modern day sense of formality.

Parisian style living room with tall windows and simple white bench with lambswool toss cushion

Symmetry appeals to many clients who love a formal look to their home. Paired elements are carefully placed in the space around a central axis in the room.

symmetrical living room in light colour palette with paired chairs and sofas, custom draperies and fireplace

A powerful and distinctive focal point in a formal interior draws the eye, and then the rest of the elements in the room are caught by the eye in a flowing manner. Often, the focal paint is a spectacular or interesting fireplace. It could also be an interesting piece of furniture or artwork.

elegant light and dark dining room with silver accessories

Tall ceilings, windows that are nearly floor to ceiling, and strong architectural features lend a sense of formality.

dark wood panelled den with tall windows and custom draperies

Large scale furnishings, even in a smaller home, add to the sense of powerful design and formality. Tall and eye-catching design elements such as textured screens add to this sense of wow.

upscale smaller living room with large bergere chair and tall metallic room divider

Sensual and luxurious fabrics, polished woods and door hardware, sparkling large mirrors, and furnishings that are unusual and out of the ordinary add formal style and presence.

formal draperies with raised tieback and contrast lining

Antique or hand made artisanal furniture and accessories, as well as fine reproductions are often seen in today’s formal interior design. Rich, dark woods are customary, but light woods are not entirely excluded. Light wood elements can act as accents and to lend a lighter feel to the room design.

upscale dining room with silvery grey wallpaper and transitional dark wood furniture

Upscale and luxurious area rugs cover polished hardwood flooring. These may be traditional in design, but do not have to be. Many beautiful abstract designs are now used in area rugs and they lend not only a greater sense of fun to the room design, they are a powerful and creative new trend.

contemporary dining room with large contemporary windows with colourful large area rug

In the past, artwork was of a serious nature and was framed in elaborate gilt frames. Nowadays, exceptionally beautiful and dynamic abstract artworks are more common and may be simple canvasses or have slim framing. 

upscale decorium living room with brown velvet sofa and large abstract artwork

Lighting has also come a long way. With todays tall ceilings, lighting designers have been able to create dramatic and sparkling works of art which, are almost stealing the show.

upscale open concept living and dining room with contemporary fireplace, and fine art lighting

 Today’s modern homes lend themselves better to formal design where formality is softened a little to create more comfort and livability. Comfy toss cushions, add softness, as well as texture, colour, and interest.

elegant relaxed living room in light colour palette with rose gold sofa and lambs fur toss cushions

Seating in formal interiors has also become more user friendly. Luxurious and well-built seating, in durable, lush-looking fabrics lends formality, as well as practicality. Even though a home’s design is formal, it should also be easy to live in and to enjoy.
symmetrical and formal dining room or living room vignette with wood and mirror buffet and paired lamps
A precise, formal interior may or may not be for you. Perhaps elements of both formal as well as informal suit your design sense better. Elements with more rustic, rather than polished finishes may appeal to you more.

dramatic living room with paired louver door armoires, Large Paris map, and metal coffee table

Formal, ordered and fully traditional may well be your preferred design style. For many others, a softened formal room design may suit better.

Call Mulberry Interiors now at (905) 849-6423 to book a consultation. We look forward to working with you to increase your enjoyment of your home.


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