The dictionary defines eclectic as ‘picking out the best parts’ and this description is spot on. With this style, it’s absolutely fine to combine influences or characteristics from different interior trends or styles: it’s simply a case of picking out the best parts.
At first sight, you might think that combining a number of different styles and elements will inevitably create a messy overall impression. But provided that you take care not to cross the boundary between contrast and chaos, nothing could be further from the truth. Keep the various different combinations subtle and the overall effect will be both snug and surprising.
CARTE BLANCHE FOR COLOUR
Colour is a key part of the eclectic style: in fact, you have complete carte blanche. Combine exuberant citrus shades with more modest pastels; mix up multiple shades of green; or keep it simple with a black and white base, livened up with the occasional splash of colour. Just remember one thing: with all aspects of this style, intensity is essential. Bland is simply not on the menu.
With eclectic, anything goes, but your colour palette must hang together. That’s why it’s advisable to choose no more than a handful of strong colours and motifs, as these will bring more than enough vibrancy into your room without it becoming overwhelming. A mix of finishes, from deep matte to high gloss, will add an extra dimension.
TEXTURE LENDS CHARACTER
Texture is what lends the eclectic interior its characteristic depth. This is especially true of the floor, which forms the basis of your space. A floor that oozes authenticity would be perfect here. If you opt for wood, go for a floor that has the look of a renovated, reclaimed floor. Worn edges, cracks and knots, saw cuts and variations in colour will all help to make it feel unique.
In this style, authentic materials can easily be combined with sleek, modern materials such as concrete. How you choose to mix up your materials is highly personal, but this is the key to achieving an eclectic interior that is worthy of the name!
GUTSY PIECES OF FURNITURE
You can also opt for eclectic pieces of furniture and accessories: sisal set against plexi, porcelain versus metal, or leather contrasting with jute, to name but a few. . Always bear in mind that dramatic contrasts often work the best.
Of course, it takes guts to do more than simply stick to a single style. Here, the modern look mostly gains the upper hand, but by mixing and matching a variety of styles, you can ultimately create an attractive combination of old and new, featuring influences from all four corners of the globe.
This mix and match approach is especially important when it comes to furniture and accessories. The idea is to effortlessly alternate vintage pieces, contemporary art, curiosities and heirlooms, unique finds and souvenirs from all over the world. As well as bric-a-brac, well-known design classics are essential.