10 Traditional Furniture Pieces That Are Here to Stay

Posted on May 10, 2018

When looking for timeless furniture pieces, consider choosing centuries-old furniture designs that withstood the test of time. These pieces have not lost their charm due to their simple elegance and versatility, and are sure to compliment any room style whether it's contemporary, traditional, or a mix of both. Below are ten traditional furniture pieces that are here to stay.

1. Chesterfield Sofa

This traditional sofa has been a popular furniture piece among royal households of England since the 18th-century. The sofa is generally characterized by its distinctive button-tufted upholstery, rolled arms and low seat base. Traditionally made of leather, today, chesterfields can be found in an array of different fabrics, including velvet, tweed and linen.

Design Tip: A Chesterfield sofa is sure to grace any room, regardless of the theme it follows. This sophisticated and bold furniture piece pairs well with other buttoned pieces such as a buttoned ottoman, stool or banquette.

2. Tulip Table

Finnish designer Eero Saarinen came up with the tulip table in 1956, as a solution to the "slum of legs" created by the traditional four-legged tables. The tulip table, also known as the "Tulip Collections" because of its likeness of the flower, and it is a hallmark of the mid-century modern design.

Design Tip: Make your tulip table the focal point of your room by adding a floral centerpiece.

3.Oriental Rug

Oriental rugs are heirloom pieces that you would want to keep with the family forever. These rugs date back to 200 C.E. and were originally hand knotted in Middle East and countries in Asia. Oriental rugs ground a space, adding colour, pattern, and luxury to any room style, from contemporary to traditional.

Design Tip: Buy artwork and accents that are in the same colour family as your oriental rug.

4. Tufted Headboard

Tufted headboards became popular during the 17th century, as the demand for comfort increased and draping fabric on canopy beds died out. Despite its long history, a tufted headboard adds a modern touch to your bedroom thanks to its simple yet elegant design.

Design Tip: Choose neutral-coloured upholstery, such as beige or grey, that can be styled with a variety of bedding choices.

5. Trestle Table

Trestle tables originated in the Middle Ages and were simply wood boards placed over simple, folding legs. Trestle tables, today, are a bit more permanent and stylish and are appealing for its simple assembly and multifunctionality. These are ideal tables for family and friends to gather around, enjoying a meal together or playing board games.

Design Tip: Because trestle tables aren't closely linked to rustic or traditional decors, they look nice when complemented by classical chairs or even a bench.

6. Venetian Mirror

As the name suggests, Venetian mirrors originated in Venice—specifically Murano, an island off Venice—in the 15th century. Because the method and craftsmanship was a highly guarded secret, involving individual pieces of hand blown glass, Venetian mirrors were considered to be art masterpieces. Today, Venetian mirrors have been widely replicated and add instant luxury to your space.

Design Tip: Compliment your Venetian mirror with a crystal chandelier.

7. Canopy Bed

The canopy bed originated in medieval Europe and provided lords, noblemen and the like, with warmth and privacy. Today's canopy beds are either modern (featuring sharp, geometric designs) or traditional (styled with romantic curtains and a Victorian aesthetic).

Design Tip: A canopy bed with curtains is ideal for a regal and glamourous bedroom. However, if you want your bed to blend with contemporary styles, choose a bed with a metal framework and no curtains.

8. Leather Club Chair

The club chair was originally called, "fauteuil confortable," meaning, "the comfortable chair" in French. Due to its high quality and comfort, this is a furniture piece that never goes out of style. It's characterized by simple curved lines and a low back and arms, typically featuring leather and nailhead trim. These chairs add class to your home, and can be used as a cozy reading nook in your bedroom or an inviting sitting area next to your couch.

Design Tip: For a classic and bold look, select traditional colours such as dark brown. For a modern and more soft look, choose white.

9. Ottomans

Ottomans have evolved considerably throughout their journey to modern interior design since its inception in 17th-century Turkey. Today, ottomans come in in a variety of shapes and sizes and serve multiple functions, from a coffee table to a storage solution to a footrest to a bench. Although it was originally the central piece of domestic seating, today, many design spaces and living rooms feature an ottoman in place of the traditional coffee table.

Design tip: For your ottoman coffee table, add a large tray to your surface to create the perfect enclosed area for you to style.

10. Crystal Chandelier

The earliest chandeliers were created for the wealthy in medieval times and used candles. Developments in glassmaking later allowed cheaper production of lead crystal, leading to the crystal chandelier. Crystal chandeliers garnished the homes of royalty in the 17th and 18th century, including King Charles of England and Tsar Alexander of Russia. Today, crystal chandeliers are still widely used in home decor. Their mesmerizing light-refracting properties add opulence and sophistication to any space.

Design Tip: Use a dimmer switch for a chandelier. Dimmers are terrific for creating ambiance and offering a more flattering light.