New traditional is a fresher, freer look that honors the classics. The style blends traditional architectural and decorative elements with contemporary ones for unexpected, sometimes edgy results.
"It's all about balance," said New York interior designer Alexa Hampton.
She said the trend started in Europe, where older residences "are often filled with ornate architecture: herringbone floors, intricate plaster work, French doors. With heavy decoration, these architectural bones can seem fussy." That led to an "undecorated" movement — white walls, furniture with sharp angles, minimalism.
"I think this foil of old and new is essential to good design," she said. "The conversation between modern and classic creates a tension, and when done right, it's very powerful."