Have you ever heard of “eclectic style” but are not sure what it is about?
There is a movement in the field of Art called “Eclecticism” that combines elements of particular styles from different time periods and origins with a single project.
Although there is no strict rules for designing in an eclectic style, the goal of creating such an environment is not to put together your grand-mother’s armoire and mix it with IKEA furniture but to design a great look in an artistic manner with specific connected elements that make the whole space look like one piece of work.
So, how do you put together an eclectic room?
1- Compose your room:
Artful composition is a difficult concept to define. When creating a room, think of it as a painter would when creating a painting. Check the foreground and background, light and shadow, and balance of furnishings in the room.
Here are a few pointers:
- Paint walls in different tones to make shapes appear to be on different planes
- Group similar items in odd numbers and avoid too many similar shapes
- Vary the placement of furniture and other objects in term of shape, color and texture.
- Try not to have everything at the same height. Go for balance rather than symmetry.
2- Make it work through…
- Color: The palette can vary but it is usually recommended to stick with a few neutrals to help the elements tie all together. Pick a few colors and repeat them in a variety of ways – in upholstery, pottery, art, paint, etc. Avoid pristine white walls, as they will make it harder on you to find the right balance of shapes, textures and colors.
- Pattern: They are a great starting point for designing an eclectic room. Look for an appealing pattern in textiles, rugs, wallpaper, or even artwork. Be also mindful of varying the scale of the patterns in the room.
- Texture: This can be introduced through furniture, walls, floors or accessories. Wall coverings (wallpaper or woven fabrics) add warmth to a room. Consider the textural quality of a piece of furniture as well as its style and color. Vary textures so one material doesn’t dominate.
If the process gets overwhelming, feel free to reach to me for a free private consultation. I will be glad to bring your dream project – reflecting your unique “Eclectic” personality and lifestyle