When it comes to decorating, you need to find a style that works for you and brings out the full potential of your home. But with so many different styles to choose from, how can you make the best decision?
The answer may be to take a more eclectic approach. After all, there is no need to restrict yourself to just one single style. Of course, you can’t just throw it all together and expect it to work but with some careful consideration and planning, an eclectic style could be perfect for your home.
Keep Background Colour Neutral
A truly great eclectic room will express its personality through the smaller details, but it should all be presented against a neutral backdrop. Pale, neutral tones are best used for the floor and walls, providing a clear canvas on which to create your eclectic masterpiece. There is plenty of room for colour but it should come from the decorative objects rather than the background.
Combine the Old With the New
Old, worn objects can provide a charming touch when positioned correctly, although you shouldn’t rely on them too heavily otherwise your home could start to resemble a flea market. The addition of some well-placed, modern furnishings can actually offset the older stylings nicely, and it’s fun to experiment with the balance between old and new.
There is a very fine line between an exciting, eclectic environment and a mess, and it is important that you stay on the right side of it. A poor approach would be to just throw everything in and hope for the best, when, in fact, everything should have its own place. A good eclectic design is actually very carefully crafted.
This may sound like an odd tip considering the perceived lack of consistency evident in eclectic stylings, however, it doesn’t mean everything should be the same. When mixing up your styles, you should aim for a loose consistency in terms of shape and proportion to ensure that, despite their differences, all the items of décor fit unexpectedly together in the same space.
Begin With the Essentials
Eclectic design can be a hit-and-miss endeavour and there is bound to be some trial and error before you perfect it. The best way around this is to start with the absolute must-have items – sofas, chairs, a coffee table, and so on. Once they are in place you can then begin to experiment around them, swapping things out until you find a winning combination.
Take a Photo
It’s not always immediately obvious whether a combination works or not, and viewing it from within will not give you the most accurate portrayal of the effect. Take a photo of the room and see how it looks in the picture. It might already be perfect but if there is something off about it, it will be much easier to identify and fix. Keep making changes this way and before you know it your eclectic room will be the picture of perfection.
Limit Your Focal Points
If a room has too many major focal points it can end up looking disorganised and cluttered. You can combine several styles rather well in an eclectic setting but focal points, such as floral arrangements, should be used sparingly in order to anchor the design and help it stand out. You will rarely need more than one focal point per room.
Integrate Appliances Tactically
Large, flat-screen TVs may look out of place among your eclectic décor but, actually, there is no need to dispense with modern appliances like these when they can just be snuck in a bit more subtly. Instead of trying to hide it (a viable option with a stylish cabinet) you can always build around it with more fitting objects of size/colour to minimise its presence.
Don’t Be Scared to Overdo It
As undesirable as clutter is, it’s entirely possible to pack a single room with decorative objects and still avoid this pitfall. The key is in the arrangement and if everything is positioned just right, your eclectic room will be a busy yet comfortable and cosy place to inhabit. Sometimes, more really is more.