There are so many styles to choose from when decorating your home. Scandinavian design became a huge hit in the last few years. Some people still enjoy the good old rustic style. Others prefer the oriental approach. Industrial décor is also popular. But what if you can’t choose between them? What if you don’t like the matchy-matchy magazine-like interiors?
Well, you can combine several styles to generate an eclectic appearance. Unfortunately, there is a risk here too. Instead of eclectic, you may end up living in a chaotic interior. To avoid this, you’ll want to stick to some rules. Once you master them, you will see that it is worthwhile.
Here are a few useful guidelines for mastering the art of eclectic style décor.
Chose a Neutral Base
The core palette should be neutral so you’ll have the freedom to experiment with other colors, patterns, and textures. Shades like white, cream, or grey and tan will help you remain on the right side of the fine thin line between eclecticism and chaos. The neutral base is not only for the walls – you can also stick to it when it comes to wooden elements, stone, and most of the furnishings.
Opt for One Dominant Style
One dominant style is not a rule you need to follow blindly, but if you’re not sure how to pull off eclectic décor, it can be easier to set up your interior based on one specific design approach. This will help you choose the main furniture pieces.
Mix Furniture Styles
Don’t be too hectic with your furniture styles. Opt for several different design directions, such as rustic, modern, and industrial, or different eras like modernist and classic, and adapt them to your needs. For example, you can have a Victorian-era bed frame, but you don’t have to sleep like you’re living in the 19th century. Instead, find a quality hybrid mattress that offers great support. Decide on several must-have pieces in the room and build the entire design around them.
The best way to avoid creating chaos instead of harmony is by creating repetition. This is done by using similar shapes, lines, textures, forms, and patterns throughout the space. An example of this is using a round coffee table and a round dining room table in an open concept living space. Also, you can bring different-style elements together with the same color – a vintage red armchair with a modern red table lamp, for example.
To succeed in eclectic design, you need to design a cohesive space. The trick is to find sufficient common elements to make everything click. You can maintain balance by using objects of the same proportions and similar silhouettes. Again, let your must-have pieces guide you in choosing everything else.
Play with Textures and Layers
This is the part where you can get wild. Textures and layers will give the room that warm feeling that eclectic design is known for. Solid wood furniture, for example, looks sturdy and irregular, so it can be combined with smooth metallic pieces. Different-style rugs (e.g., a simple jute rug and a Persian-style piece) don’t have to be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, you can place one on top of the other to double the texture.
Scatter the Joy
The details can tie everything together, contribute to cohesiveness, and allow you to express your personality through décor. They also allow you to get playful with your choices because you can add elements of surprise. Some of the cues to follow here are grouping several items of the same style, repeating elements, and avoiding making parts of the room too busy. You can also combine different types of art (e.g., photography and paintings), but try to group them with the same frame.
Don’t Forget You Live in Your Home
It’s easy to get distracted with eclectic design, but you need to keep in mind that you are designing a space where you and the members of your household will sleep, eat, and live. Consider all the things that must find a place in your interior, such as closets, tables, bookshelves, storage space, and seating areas.
There is nothing completely unpredictable and unplanned in the world of interior décor. Even the beautifully eclectic spaces are the result of careful planning and following cues of experienced professionals. Hopefully, these tips will be enough, at least, to spark your imagination.