Mix pieces from different eras and design styles and transition to this new look. "New traditional is about having fun and injecting a note of playfulness into formal rooms and architecture," explains deputy editor Hilary Smyth. "Sombre restrained paint palettes are replaced with fresh paint colours on the walls like mint green, turquoise blue and sunny yellow accented with crisp white or fresh cream trim work." Think of simple rugs in elegant dining rooms, classic furniture on a larger scale, and modern artwork side-by-side with antique furniture. Browse these photos for more tips on achieving this style.
Designer Katie Ridder nails the new trad look perfectly. Read our interview with her in House & Home's upcoming special issue: Best Decorating on newsstands only from March 26, 2012.