Eclectic interior design embraces numerous styles, ideas and theories. It draws from different time periods and origins. Our favourite mix is one of urban, retro, mid-century, and art deco style. It may not seem coherent, but there are some simple tips to pulling together an eclectic scheme.
1. Variety of Materials
A variety of materials and textures is recommended for achieving an eclectic look. The example below mixes wood, metal, leather and fabrics in one lounge scape. Incorporating both rough and smooth textures adds interest to an interior, especially if they are displayed within a simple colour palette.
2. Patterns and Textures
Use patterned rugs and scatter cushions to subtly introduce different design eras into a room. Create a vibrant visual with opposing patterns by using geometric shapes, polka-dots, stripes, or whatever pattern speaks to you. Although combining textures is essential, a good tip is to use one texture at least three times, in different spots around your space. It will help you to achieve some cohesion.
3. Avoid the Chaos
Don’t be fooled into thinking an eclectic style is chaotic and messy. Each piece and pattern is considered, and there are cohesive motifs that tie pieces together. Less is more when it comes to eclecticism, so don’t jamb too much into the room, but rather choose fewer, really special pieces. A common theme such as a recurring colour or shape is used to subtly connect the varied pieces and create a wholistic design.
4. Love over Trend
The great thing about eclectic is that you can fill your home with pieces that have meaning and story, rather than just style trends. Statement objects such as lamps, vases, sculptures, and wall art will add to your enjoyment of the space.
5. Ever Evolving
An eclectic style allows for your space to be ever-changing. Add new pieces as you find them, and move things around frequently to add new life to your transient space.
6. Negative Space
Keep in mind that when designing spaces, it’s important to allow somewhere for the eye to rest. Don’t fill shelves to the brim, leave some empty space. Tabletops can be left bare to create a clear space. Using a music analogy, it’s not about the notes you play, but space you leave between them.
7. Old with New
This is absolutely the best design style for mixing the old with the new. Each element you select should be interesting as a stand alone piece, regardless of whether it’s pre-loved or newly manufactured.
Keep in mind that it’s the layout of furniture that makes a space comfortable and practical Before you go crazy selecting decor for your eclectic space, plan where each piece of furniture will go. You may find you don’t have the floor space for that 1940s standard lamp or quirky tapestry ottoman.
9. Core Colour
Don’t go wild on the colour front. Choose a neutral palette and an accent colour to get started. As you build your interior inventory, you can add to the core palette. Dark colours deepen interior intrigue and act as a backdrop for your fabulous eclectic pieces. Lighter tones will provide a calm canvas, and unpainted brick or plaster can add a natural and textural element without additional colour. One colour should serve as a unifying factor throughout your design, pulling together a unified look.
10. Focal Point
Although combining different styles and textures, consider having a focal point to your room design. Use a bold decorative item, bespoke furniture piece, or an architectural element like a fireplace, to be the star of your show.
What’s Your Eclectic Style Mix?
There is no need to choose just one! We encourage you to let go of previous decorative style boundaries. Consider your favourite themes and periods, core colour, and start the joyous task of designing your space. So… what’s your eclectic style mix? We’d love to hear from you!
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