Having an eclectic home is becoming more popular. Gone are the days where every interior had to be succinct and matchy matchy! We all enjoy surrounding ourselves with what we love and our most treasured possessions. It’s all about building your own personalised eclectic style.
Having an eclectic interior means your space can’t be defined as one particular style. This design style pulls from multiple categories. For example, mixing things such as family heirlooms, personal treasures, antique finds and travel collectibles. Mixing categories creates a unique, one off space.
Style with no boundaries
You can easily combine a vintage painting with modern wallpaper and an antique lounge all in the same room.
You can basically suit any interior to your own needs and personality.
What can be difficult is to make all these different styles work cohesively. It can look disjointed and interconnected if you just throw everything together.
Here are some handy ideas to give your home the perfect eclectic mix. However, it’s all about having fun with it.
- Be careful not to make your house look like a flea market.
- Make some space to display modern pieces. This will provide a nice contrast to the worn-in pieces.
- Add lots of flowers! Flower arrangements add a nice touch to any space.
- With their splash of colour and lovely scents you can’t go wrong, it will set a poetic tone for your whole house.
- Instead of going out and buying new vases, consider putting flowers into recycled glass bottles or jam jars.
- Stick to a neutral backdrop and add in pops of colour and texture through materials and furniture.
- You can add life to pillows, throws, and decorative objects like bowels, pretty stones and photo frames.
- A neutral wall colour helps to tie the different influences together and avoid the chaotic look with the other features of the design.
Highlight your favourite Items
- Always show off your key pieces.
- To make them stand out, try varying the levels of the items. Do this by stacking them using different heights (use books or containers).
- Try including your key pieces in high traffic areas such as the hallway or foyer.
- Stick with a soft palette, then throw in a pop of colour. This will instantly draw your eye to that area.
Some of my favourite furniture finds were found at the side of the road or at my grandparents place.
- Having furniture with a bit of age gives your home some enchanting character and history.
- Why not visit some Antique stores. You may just find a beautiful reading chair that will make the perfect statement piece in your living area.
- Found something where the fabric is worn down? Easy – just change the upholstery with a new fabric in a fun print. This will give the perfect mix of old and new.
An eclectic style is hard to replicate but easy to identify
See what you can do with these creative ideas. Have a crack at combining a mix of different styles from contemporary, retro, traditional, coastal or tropical! Above all, enjoy!