Last week we discussed a few tips that may help you when shopping for artwork for your home. For this week’s blog, I would like to discuss one of my favorite types of design, eclectic design.
The next question you may ask yourself is “so, what exactly is design that is considered “eclectic”? That’s a really good question because “eclectic” can mean a lot of different things, and actually, that is precisely what it means, a lot of different things! It is a collage of a few things that you love, which somehow seem to blend together to create an amazing balance between perfect harmony and chaos. Be careful though, because the above mentioned balance can quickly become disordered and messy.
But before we go any further, let’s talk about a couple of commonly heard or accepted definitions of “eclectic design”.
ECLECTIC DESIGN-One definition of “eclectic design, which is commonly heard, is “Eclectic encompasses a variety of different periods and styles and is brought together by the use of color, texture, shape, and finish”. Another accepted meaning is “a mix of several different styles that make up one unique look”.
Next, let’s make sure that your home stays balance. Careful color choice and the right pieces of furniture are two of the best places to start!
COLOR CHOICE-Now that we know the definition of “eclectic design, let’s talk about the colors you need to use to achieve an eclectic style home. Try and stick with warm, neutral colors. For example, you can pair reds, golds, creams, and browns all together to create a living space that’s inviting and distinct. Neutral colors not only create the “eclectic design” that so many people desire, but they also give off a welcoming, more relaxed feeling for you and your guests! Tip-Throw in a couple of solid colored pillows with a few different design patterns to spice up the room!
FURNITURE-Picking out furniture can be tricky when you are trying to find the best fit for an “eclectic” style home. Here’s a tip to help you next time you go furniture shopping: You can have a couple of matching pieces of furniture but not too many. MIX IT UP! If your couch matches your loveseat, add another chair or a couple of side tables that are opposite of the two larger pieces in the room.
I personally love an “eclectic design” that incorporates lots of warm reds, gold, browns, and woodsy type greens. I seem to flock to a Moroccan type style mixed with a vintage, 1970s style décor. I have also noticed that the above mentioned colors and styles seem to be what I am attracted to every time I go shopping; therefore, while shopping for new items for my home, I keep in mind a certain color scheme and a couple of different types of styles. When I keep these things in mind, the outcome always ends up being an ECLECTIC style living space, which equals FUN, INTERESTING, and COMFORTABLE all at the same time!