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The Old Money Aesthetic: Inside the Design Trend Putting Modern Luxury to Shame

December 18, 2023 at 7:41 PM PST
interior design Old Money Aesthetic

The Old Money Aesthetic: Inside the Design Trend Putting Modern Luxury to Shame

December 18, 2023 at 7:41 PM PST

When it comes to a classic old money aesthetic, you may think manor houses, Ivy League universities, and exclusive social clubs— but when it comes to interior design, the old money aesthetic has evolved into so much more than that. The idea is to combine classic elements of grandeur with modern influences of wealth and luxury to create an updated style that is not just lavish or privileged but fresh and relevant, too.

What is the ‘old money aesthetic?’

The old money aesthetic is somewhat of a reimagined interior design style that emerged in the early 20th century. It draws on the nostalgia for the opulence of the wealthy aristocracy, merging preppy elements commonly found in New England country clubs and the extravagant decor loved by European royalty.

Sofia Richie Grainge, daughter of legendary singer Lionel Richie, is the poster girl for the trend on Tiktok. Her personal style — made up of tailored clothing, polished hair, clean nails — evokes an old money vibe and is beloved by millions of TikTok fans. Since her TikTok debut this year, fans have been clamoring to achieve her look. As a result, a growing number of people are being more intentional about how to add touches of grandiosity to their spaces.

To learn how to take part in the trend, here are five ways to incorporate an old money aesthetic into your space.

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Deep, Rich Color Palette

The old money aesthetic merges neutral colors with deep, rich hues such as dark brown, burgundy, or dark blue to create a rich color scheme that evokes luxury and sophistication. If you have a neutral space, try to incorporate high-end furniture such as Wingback chairs or a tufted Chesterfield sofa in a deep brown or burgundy color. This way, you can try your hand at the old money trend without having to totally reimagine your space.

Layered Textures

To achieve an old money aesthetic, try incorporating multiple textures such as wood, crystal, or brass into your space. Doing so adds a lot of depth and dimension, creating plenty of visual appeal similar to the aristocracy of yesteryear.


You can’t have a true old money aesthetic without a couple of antiques to decorate your space. Whether you have an old grandfather clock to display in your living room, or you scored a set of crystal decanters for serving tasty cocktails, adding an antique or collector’s item to your space is the perfect way to tap into an old money style with ease.

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Bold Patterns

Flamboyant patterns are the name of the game when it comes to achieving an old money aesthetic for your home. Think florals, plaids, and even animal prints when decorating your space. For an easy way to incorporate bold patterns, opt for an upholstered chair with a leopard print cushion or a reclining chaise lounge featuring houndstooth or classic stripes.

Sophisticated Decor

Nothing says old money quite like expensive decor. From regal candelabras to fancy globes, luxe decorations are a great way to showcase your old money style without even saying a word. You can display an antique tea set on the coffee table as a focal point for your living room. Or try a Tiffany-style lamp complete with geometric shapes to illuminate your space in old money style.



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