Styles of interior design # 3

Eclectic Interior Design

Eclectic interior design is the ultimate ‘combinations’ of interior design styles – it is also absolutely your best opportunity to make your very own, absolutely personal, unique personality stamp
As it applies to the world of design, eclecticism is a blend of furnishing styles from a mixture of sources and time periods. An eclectic room should feature pieces with commonalities to create harmony within the design. It is a planned, deliberate design. A shared theme or component should tie everything together.

The color schemes used can be diverse, but as a general rule, neutral colors are important both as a backdrop and for large furniture pieces. Perfect colors for this style include white, cream, gray, black, brown, taupe and putty. Contrast is an important element for colors, and materials in eclectic style interior design.

Other eclectic elements include:
Collections and sets of similar pieces
‘One of a kind’ items
Global pieces from around the world
Contrast in color or finish
Traditional and modern elements together
Rough fabrics mixed with elegant textiles
Worn surfaces combined with refined surfaces
When combining various furniture pieces, assemble complementary items based on their shapes, fabrics, or finish. A curvy, French sofa can be paired with a modern chaise lounge when the materials have some commonalities – perhaps coordinating fabrics are used on each piece. An eclectic room's fabrics should harmonize with each other. Combining different finishes can also increase the feel of eclecticism in a room. For example, gray walls accentuate a silver statue, which contrasts nicely in front of an antique tapestry. The idea is to mix and match furnishings by their finishes and textures while keeping an eye on their relationship to each other in the overall room design. The main thing is a controlled contrast of diverse elements.