Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to make eclectic décor work

An eclectic home design is tricky to achieve because it mixes and matches different period styles, trends, shapes, textures and colors. The broadness of eclectic design makes it difficult to pin down, but when  carefully and thoughtfully executed, you may arrive at an unexpected home design that is a true reflection of your personality and interests.

Mix rugged with opulent textures, framed band posters with traditional furniture and antique pieces with modern elements.

The trick to successfully pulling this design style off is knowing when to reign in or go full-force with your design choices. Get tips...

Solid foundation

Have a solid starting point to build upon. This can be a strict color scheme that will bring the different design styles together. A dining ensemble with mismatched dining chairs can be made cohesive by employing the same color or finish for all the chairs. A subtle backdrop when it comes to your walls, floors and ceilings may work as well. This gives leeway for you to play with unique and interesting furniture pieces and décor. 

Balance and symmetry

Reign in mismatched furniture and accents with the proper use of balance and symmetry. A wall full of art pieces in different styles, frames and shapes may benefit from a balanced layout. Keeping to traditional furniture arrangements will also make for a well put together look. Balance a two-seater sofa with a pair of armchairs on either side or create symmetry with a pair of mismatched but similar-sized lamps on either side of a sofa. 

Unexpected elements

Opt for unexpected pairings and contrasting features. Mix rugged with opulent textures, framed band posters with traditional furniture and antique pieces with modern elements. Contrast is key to making an eclectic design look carefully edited and methodical. Choose pieces that coincide with your own unique style and personality, and surround yourself with pieces you love.


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