Updated Traditionalist . . .

What Americans once thought of as traditional is rooted in English country style, with its matched sets of furniture, saturated colors, multiple patterns, and heavy layers of window treatments and accessories. But modern life has changed how we use our rooms and what we expect from them. The new traditional is characterized by: formal furniture with more comfort, sleeker forms, and personal touches; classic seating silhouettes in a larger scale; reproduction cabinets to hold media equipment; and freedom to mix finishes and periods.