The philosophy behind the eclectic style of decorating is to combine elements from different time periods and different origins within a single project or space. For me, this has also meant combining elements from different time periods of my own life and my family’s history, along with my found treasures. Although this may paint a chaotic picture in your head, on the contrary, this style is rather harmonious. Each piece has its own special place and of course, all of the elements are in thoughtful connection with other parts of the room.
Layout is one of the most important things in a room, the layout of the furniture is what will make the space comfortable and livable. Before you start purchasing pieces for a room you should decide where each piece of furniture will go. Getting scale and proportion right is also particularly important with this kind of look. Scale matters both in how the pieces relate to the size of the room and one another. You must be sure to balance the mix of styles by spreading them out and integrating them with one another. In other words, do not combine the pieces of one style in only one specific area, spread them out and mix them up throughout your space so each room compliments the other.
A lot of effort, thought and creativity is necessary to design a space in the eclectic style. The first step is creating a kind of “skeleton” which is then brought to life by means of color, fabrics, and finishes. The common thread or the backbone of this kind of look is often a single color which is a great unifier. It is a good idea to choose a neutral color scheme as your grounding force and add to that with a combination of different colored finishes, patterns and textures. The harmony of colors connects the elements of furniture and vice versa, creating an attractive cohesive look in your rooms.
What sets an eclectic look apart from the rest is that it is partly defined by the multitude of fabrics involved, whether they be patterned, textured or both. When designing a space like this it is important to remember that eclectic does not mean “anything goes”, there is a very fine line between layered/collected and messy/distracting. It is a good idea to stick to a certain number of contrasting styles to avoid things feeling random or misplaced. But it is also safe to say that if you love it, use it.
Style or design is one of those life spheres where thoughts and tastes may differ. An eclectic space harmonizes different elements taken from a variety of other styles or eras, into one lively and interesting creation. This kind of style can really be anything you want it to be; rustic, vintage, modern, bohemian or even elegant. If you really think about it, most of us are eclectic. We all like aspects of this and that and have a collection of items we’ve gathered over the years representing different parts of our lives and who we are. Resist the urge to throw away or store those precious items that do not fit the image of what you imagine your ideal style to be. Instead, follow the tips above and incorporate those elements into your space to make it completely your own as it evolves.