One of Houzz's recent featured articles, "So Your Style Is: Traditional," takes readers through the ins and outs of traditional style. The article is great not only because it clearly defines everything you'd want to know about traditional style, but because it also offers fresh takes on how to update it for your home and style.
While I definitely don't consider myself a traditional stylist when it comes to my home, I do appreciate many aspects of traditional homes and rooms. Custom millwork and plasterwork are definitely favorites of mine, and these touches are seen throughout traditional homes. To make it fresh, Houzz suggests the following:
Give an elaborately carved fireplace surround an updated spin by keeping the mantel arrangement simple and clean. Let wainscoting blend into the wall. Eschew elaborate columns and finials in favor of cleaner — but still classic — lines.
For all of the tips, suggestions, and great background on traditional style, check out the article "So Your Style Is: Traditional" on Houzz now.