Now, what characterizes the eclectic interior style, the style of decorating that becomes stronger as the inclination to follow trends – or one single trend -Â tend to reduce? Here’s some scattered notes.
It is often explained that an eclectic decorating style mixes elements from at least two other decorating styles. Percentages to the style mix have been suggested, though (to me) it seems impossible to be guided by such a precise breakdown. Essence of the style is that it is perfectly permissible, and even mandated, to mix different styles. Mix traditional with casual, Eastern inflences with country style or contemporary with any ethnic culture AS LONG AS there is a unifying component to the decor.
Speaking of different styles, I might be late, but just found this interesting personal style test at Sproost. My personal style result was 40 % Vintage Modern, 30 % Rustic Revival and 30 % French Eclectic. What’s yours?
Those who know say eclectic style is mainly about creating harmony. The contrasting style elements are combined so that they in fact create harmony. It’s through vague or indistinct commonalities elements are bond together. This is a key question to the style, I’d say. There is for sure a thin line between eclectic decor and chaos. Basic design concepts such as form, scale, pattern and colour must be taken into account.
Another element in the eclectic style is to add whimsical and unique items. Fun and varied accessories are placed out: artwork, knick knacks and pillows. Trolls are the ultimate knick-nack! I did this one! The model is a Swedish rock/folk singer I like :) A fascinating knick knack-collection can be found in the eclectic home I wrote about here.
There seems to be widespread agreement that an eclectic style or decor is more telling of its creator than all other kinds of decor. It radiates authenticity and originality. There aren’t many rules, it can’t be! Do whatever you like keeping the main decor principles (about form, scale, composition, proportion, etc.) in mind is the way of the style. Champion it, and the decor will radiate a soulful bohemianism.