New England is a region steeped in history and tradition, and this is reflected in its distinctive style of interior design. Classic New England interiors are characterized by their timeless elegance, understated sophistication, and use of high-quality materials.

If you’re looking to create a classic New England home, here are a few key elements to keep in mind:

Neutral color palettes

Classic New England interiors typically feature neutral color palettes, such as beiges, blues, and greens. These colors create a sense of calm and sophistication, and they provide a perfect backdrop for entertaining.

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Traditional furnishings

Classic New England interiors are furnished with pieces that are both stylish and comfortable. Traditional pieces like wingback chairs, clawfoot tables, and four-poster beds are all hallmarks of this style.

Antique and heirloom accents

Antique and heirloom pieces add a touch of history and personality to classic New England interiors. These pieces can be used to tell the story of your family or to simply add a touch of elegance to your home.

Tips for creating a classic New England interior

  • Start with a textural foundation. Consider wallpapering your walls with subtle texture and pattern, like grasscloth or a syncopated stripe. This will allow the furnishings layered in front of them to appear crisp and clean.
  • Mix modern and traditional silhouettes in your furniture selections. Too much of one style and it will feel flat. Mixing a wingback chair with a modern martini table will freshen it up. Or you can select a modern take on a four poster bed to add both height and style to your main bedroom. 
  • Incorporate antique and heirloom accents. Add a touch of history and personality to your home with antique plates on the wall, and vintage table linens.
  • Highlight what natural light you have. Drapery can add so much texture and warmth to cold walls. And tape trim along the lead edges will give your window treatments a custom feel. 

Only classic style is truly worthy of the investment. New England interiors, done properly, will be chic forevermore. 

credit: Sarah Bartholomew


Timeless Elegance: Classic New England Interiors that Never Go Out of Style

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