Thanks to the rising trend for adding vintage accents to a modern space, eclectic décor is shaping up to be one of the key looks of 2020. Eclectic décor involves mixing different eras and styles to create something unique. But the eclectic look is notoriously tricky to pull off. Throw different styles together the wrong way, and there’s a risk you’ll end up with décor that’s chaotic, not creative!
If you’d love to inject some personality into your space with eclectic décor, but you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. follow this guide to create a stunning and seamless eclectic interior:
Start with a neutral background
Eclectic décor tends to be bold and eye-catching. So before you start your design, it’s best to treat your empty room like a blank canvas. Keep the walls and floor in calming neutral hues – think white or grey, or warm naturals like honey and wood – then you can introduce furniture and accents in your chosen palate. The finished look will have impact without being overwhelming.
Create balance and symmetry
Because you’re mixing décor elements of different eras and styles, it’s important they work in harmony with each other. Pay attention to the position of items in your space, from furniture to accessories. You’ll want the layout to have balance, meaning that there isn’t too much going on in one area and not enough in another. Consider a symmetrical layout, which is a great way to achieve balance and is easy on the eye, too.
Tie it together with colour
Although the eclectic style celebrates contrast and the unexpected, your décor elements do need to coordinate in some way. The easiest way to achieve this is with colour. Go ahead and mix things up – vintage and modern, wood and metal, print and plain – but make sure you stick to a very simple colour palette. Ideally, choose one colour that will be repeated throughout the room. This will work like a thread that ties all your different elements together.
Vary pattern and texture
If your design has a balanced layout and a simple colour scheme, you can afford to be daring when it comes to texture and pattern. Play with different prints, and incorporate a range of rough and smooth textures. This will give depth to your design and make it truly unique. The beauty of eclectic décor is that it can evolve over time: you can experiment with different prints, swapping pieces that don’t work and refining your space as your tastes change and develop.
Choose a statement piece
It’s a good idea to give your eclectic design a statement piece – that is, a bold, striking item that instantly draws the eye. This will help anchor your space, while your other pieces will all work to complement it. Think a plush statement sofa flanked by less conspicuous corner tables, or a vibrant piece of oversized wall art above a smaller mantle.
Don’t let it get messy!
Because the eclectic style tends to be busy, it’s a good idea to give the eye places to rest throughout your design. Take care to create areas of negative space, for example by keeping some tables empty and some shelves bare. Clutter won’t work with the eclectic style, so it’s a good idea to focus on items that have a purpose and keep decorative accessories to a minimum. You’ll find the few you do choose to display will have even more impact!