Decorating 101: Mastering Traditional or Modern Style for Less

Room with wood rimmed clock, tan stool, table, plants, artwork and farmhouse decor

When it comes to decorating your home, traditional and modern styles often come to mind.

Not sure which look to go for? No worries – we have some fantastic style inspo sure to get your creative juices flowing. And thanks to our everyday low prices, you can find everything you need at up to 65% off other retailers’ prices.

Modern styled room with a navy wall, iron clock, table and nightstand with wood top and metal legs, modern decor and a dog in an bed


Modern style is marked by sleek lines, metallic finishes and very little clutter. Today's contemporary interiors are both comfortable and welcoming, and are defined by chic simplicity and sophistication.

Furniture should make a striking statement while remaining simple and uncluttered. As such, seek out furniture and décor that are free of curves or ornamentation. Clean, straight lines are your friend. Minimalism is huge with this design, so opt for pieces that boast stylish functionality. For example, this rolling cart works double time, playing perfectly into the modern sensibility while offering plenty of space for entertaining or organizing.

You’re not done yet – use texture to add warmth. The rug and faux greenery create amazing depth and dimension to any space.

Traditional decor room with tan wall and marble artwork, wood desk with books on the bottom and decor on top, wood side table with decor, tan chair and white clock


Classic and calm, traditional design became big in the 19th century during a time when florals and dark wooden furniture reigned supreme.

Furniture in this style boasts straight or gentle curves so look for tables, chairs and more that bring this to life. Upholstered pieces are a great way to evoke that classic vibe, too.

Balance and order are the name of the game. That’s why you’ll often see furniture and accessories placed in pairs. Think two chairs, two candle holders – you get the idea! On the floor, go for a great floral or geometric rug that’s classic but not too showy.

Tansitional styled room with tan walls with tabelwith wood top and metal botom, tan chair with a book and glasses on it and a woven basket


Find yourself drawn to both looks? Well, you’re not alone. The transitional look is a gorgeous marriage of traditional and modern furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics. The result? An elegant design that’s both timeless and comfortable. So, go ahead – blend and mix your favorites from both styles to create a look that’s uniquely you.

For more home decorating inspiration, head to your Burlington storeand save big!

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