Have you always been intrigued by eclectic style homes, wondering if there were any guidelines to creating a space like that?
Even though it might sound quite contradictory, eclectic homes are not a wishful coincidence. There is always an underlying order in the seemingly random blend of objects and styles. While an eclectic design style allows you to color outside of the lines and not conform to any rules, you also need to make sense of the stuff and make your home a perfect space for you. There is a fine line between making your decor look like a garage sale, versus a dreamy space. But don’t worry, we are here to help uncover the secrets to this interior design style.
Here are a few pointers that will help you create an eclectic home like an expert.
Eclectic style allows an amalgamation of different styles. There are no rules to what you should have in your collection. It is basically a curation of all your favorite things, which could range from items you collected during your travels to those random purchases at the flea market, objects you might have always had and classic pieces you invested in. All these need to find their space in the room.
However, not everything needs to be on display in the same area. Eclectic does not mean a stuffed corner and a chaotic room. There has to be a balance between the functionality of your space and the decor. If something is a misfit, take it to another room or juggle some things around. Take cues from these images.
Consistent Color Scheme
Colors play a very important role in interior design in general, but it plays an even greater part in eclectic style. Colors create a connecting thread across the room and what might look like disconnected styles can be easily paired together when in similar shades. Also, complementary colors like the blue and yellow in the picture above create a visual connection between objects, while the neutral color of the rug and the wall gives way for the colorful decor to shine through.
So when creating an eclectic home, make sure you sprinkle similar shades across the room. This will help tie things together with ease.
Layers, Textures and Patterns
Layers and textures create a sense of depth in the room, and patterns create an interesting visual. All these elements bring something different to the scene, while completely breaking the barriers of norm and constrained design ideas. However, make sure to not create an overwhelmingly bizarre mix, and also keep in mind the color scheme trick discussed above to balance out the inconsistencies.
In the image above, all the items if viewed individually are so different from each other, but displayed together in this carefully considered decor they create a beautiful setting; worthy of a spot in a Hollywood movie scene.
A neutral backdrop is like a blank canvas ready to be painted in whatever your heart desires. Muted tones also help in enhancing the look of whatever is placed on top. Framed art, old photographs, colorful cushions and nightstands, all sit beautifully on top of a plain wall; without any visual distractions. Think about it this way, a colorful wall is somewhat of a hat-on-a-hat in this setting.
Don’t worry about the consistency in frames and their colors or if two pictures look good side by side. Eclectic is what you love on display, so present it with a strong sense of belonging; and a subtle wall paint.
As we discussed above regarding textures and patterns, to create visual symmetry another important element to consider is shapes. Notice carefully in the picture above, the curved frame of the chairs matches the curvy chandelier and the mirror. The curved inner frame of the green cupboard also helps it blend in, thus making its striking color more alluring than a misfit.
The colors also play an important part in this decor. The dark tones and golden frames dominate the room visually, while other colors perfectly stand out. You can also notice that walls and carpet are neutral in color, making this room a perfect example of an eclectic design style.
Center of Attention
Last but not the least, there needs to be one item that stands out and becomes the focus of attention in the room. The rest of the decor will gravitate towards it, or balance it out. This eye-catching piece will determine the mood of the room and also become the central element.
This however does not need to be a piece of furniture, it could also be a simple mirror hanging on the wall, a lampshade, or even artwork you painted yourself. It just has to be your own style statement.
I cannot say this enough times, but eclectic does not mean chaotic. It is just a blend of all your interests and collectibles, displayed together in the best way possible. When you set out to create your eclectic home, I hope these easy tips and tricks help you find a way to curate a home you love. Experiment with styles and combinations, mix a bit of this and that, pair some old with new, some plain with brighter tones and something random with something classy, and above all – have fun with it.