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What’s Your Interior Design Style? Eclecticism

This interior design style enables people even on the smallest budgets to create a superb interior to their homes however, there are some basic principles you need to apply to get this style right.

The basics:
Despite many people’s misconceptions about this interior design style it is not merely a jumble of random items thrown together in a room. The style has a shared theme where everything should relate to each other in some way; either by colour, pattern, shape or texture. Eclecticism is the ability to blend in different furnishing styles from different sources and different time periods.

Colour:
You can use a diverse colour scheme but usually neutral colours are used as a backdrop, such as white, cream, brown or grey. Contrasting colours are a key is essential in eclectic style interior design and you should be looking towards earthy tones for soft furnishings, bedding sets, bedroom curtains or perhaps teal curtains in the lounge with a mixture of tonal blues and greens for accessories.

Textures:
To increase the feeling of eclecticism it’s necessary to combine different finishes which relate to each other in some way. For example, a grey wall with a silver statue or object of interest which relates to an antique painting or tapestry is ideal. Mix and match your furniture and soft furnishings so that there textures and finishes have a relationship to each other, the aim is to include a contrast of diverse elements.

Surfaces:
This interior design style sits in the middle of uncluttered surfaces and cluttered. But the style to be a success you do need to include some accessories placed around the room, but there is a fine line between clutter and organisation which you need to adopt! Surfaces can be in contrast to each other and made from different materials.

Get the look:
In order to achieve a true eclectic style you should try and aim for furnishings of furniture to be no more than two decades apart, is up to you which two decades you choose! However, this does not mean that you verge on the edge of retro or incline more favourably to a particular decade. For example, you can choose a French chaise long and pair it with a more modern sofa just as long as coordinating fabrics are used on each piece. Although the fabrics should harmonise with each other and doesn’t mean they have to be boring as you can add identical beading or fringe trims to achieve a harmonic balance.

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