Mix it up! The term “eclectic” has come to mean many different things to different people. Eclectic style is not a random mix of furniture, patterns and accessories. Rather, true eclecticism in interior design is largely intentional with a bit of instinct and heart thrown in for good measure. Eclectic style comes together when different time periods and influences work together to create an unconventional whole. Eclectic decor allows you to avoid choosing only one time period or regional theme for your house and instead experiment with a variety of pieces. It might look free and easy, but a room looks “eclectic” and not cluttered when a balance of design styles is used.
Look around your home and see what style of furniture predominates, see what style you gravitate toward most, you might find two equally appealing but contrasting styles. You can use both as part of your eclectic mix. Also, walk through your home and take pictures of all your favorite decorative items: pictures, mirrors, vases, etc. Group the pictures by similar themes, such as modern, Victorian, nature, and the list goes on forever! This will highlight at least one design style to use in your own personal eclectic mix. There is no right or wrong way to decorate in an eclectic style, use what you like and keep a healthy balance.
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