Going eclectic on your home? Follow this guide for some amazing insights!
For anyone who is into design at all, knowing how to manipulate pieces of furniture is everything. This goes not only for chasing a certain style but of every single aspect of home decorating.
Eclectic style is particularly tricky. It might seem like all you got to do is throw pieces of furniture together and that’s that – but in truth it takes a lot of careful moves. Otherwise, you’ll place will end up looking like a furniture store.
So, here are some amazing insights into eclectic home design to help you achieve your goal.
Blend it out
Remember the furniture store scare we talked about at the beginning of this article? Yes, well – to prevent that from happening, you need to go eclectic all the way, that is – have that motif all through the house. If you don’t, your eclectic living room will end up looking misplaced and just odd. So, since you’ve already decided that eclectic is your thing, make sure it’s present in all rooms of the house. It doesn’t have to go overboard, though. It’s enough you have a few eclectic “scenes” in each room – for instance, pairing a modern wall mirror with a rustic looking end table under it, with curved legs. The colors can be different too.
Don’t overwhelm the space
It’s all about balance – both in life and design. Make sure you don’t overwhelm the space and be sure the mix is evenly distributed. The place should give you the feel that overall ambiance balance has been achieved. For instance, if you’ve got two pieces of modern, two of Chinese and two of Italian provincial furniture that’s fine. That is – it’s fine as long as it’s balanced out not just thrown together. Don’t cluster pieces from each style in their own area, mix them!
Decorate your boxy black sofa with some Chinese brocade pillows and then place the Italian end tables next to it.
Find the common thread
A common thread is what holds the interior together. Usually, this happens to be the color which can be a great equalizer. For instance, choose your favorite color and find the way to work it in the space. Say your favorite color is green; much of your decorative accent should be featured in this color and your furniture should also feature at least a few greenish threads. Accessorize in this tone or color will help unify the space.
For an eclectic style, it’s important that all elements are we-edited. Believe it or not, no matter how random the eclectic thing may appear, having fewer pieces that are well placed together and that are making a big statement is more important than having many “in your face” peaces.
So, don’t be afraid to mix looks in accessories. Emphasize lines for the sake of the look not to just fill the space. Put modern beside rustic. Experiment.
When decorating your space, don’t be just a little off – be totally different in time period, style or feel. For instance, combine omate pieces with contemporary ones for an interesting contrast. Place a heavily carved cabined next to a modern, contemporary Venetian mirror or a lamp. Use a central table for your living room to be in modern lines (maybe even a glass one) while you’d go with rustic chairs and table accessorize that are also rustic. If your dominant room color is, say, green (see section 3) have a table mat in that color. It should make for an interesting combination!
You simply need a transition fabric, no matter which style you are adopting. Leather, for instance, works great with every style. There’s nothing wrong with leather and lace elements, for instance. If you have a leather sofa, pillows with lace elements will work their way in just fine and will make for an amazing contrast.
Pairing up soft and hard is one of the biggest trends in the world and it’s evident in interior decorating, too!
Bridges in any decorating space refer to that connective thing that unites the space together. Apart from color (see section 3), these can also be interior elements like new Sydney rugs, pillows, accessorize, etc.
So? When do you plan to start with this interior decorating adventure? Let us know how it went! Good luck!