living-room-couch-interior-room-584399Even though it sounds simple enough, eclectic design is actually quite difficult to pull off successfully. Being able to put together different styles, textures, colors and patterns in such way that they complement each other and not clash is not as easy as you might think at first, but it isn’t impossible either. If you want to have your home looking harmonious and not chaotic, pay attention to these ways you can incorporate eclecticism into your home décor.

Lay it out

No matter how fun it may be to keep bringing new items into a room and proclaim the result as ‘eclectic design’, you need to plan things out first. Getting caught up in bright colors, clashing textures and complementing patterns will make you forget about the way the room is supposed to look in the end. Placement is one of the most important things to keep in mind when decorating a room, so you should plan the layout in advance. You don’t want to feel suffocated by the furniture, so before you start decorating, try to think about where each piece of furniture will go.

Embrace patterns

While there are some who will happily try to mix polka dots with stripes and won’t hesitate to add florals to the mix, it’s important to find the balance in patterns you want to use in your home. Subtlety is the key here, and you will want to scatter cushions in bright pillowcases around the sofa but try to have them match the patterned rug you keep on the floor. Geometric shapes are very popular and you can use different color patterns to get your point across. Fleur-de-lis patterns have always been the epitome of elegance, so you can use them to make the room appear more luxurious and elegant while seemingly opposing patterns will add fun to a space.

Contrasting textures

Contrast is another key element of an eclectic style, but it has to be done with care. You don’t want textures, colors, and styles to clash but rather to emphasize each other, and this is extremely difficult to achieve. Textures are a great way to quickly fix this as they can soften the overall look and make the room seem more inviting and comfortable. Woven colorful rugs placed on cold stone floors, smooth leather lounge suites covered with fluffy throw blankets, and vases made of steel or glass on warm wooden coffee tables – all this adds plenty of aesthetic narrative to an eclectic home.

Statement pieces

Speaking of narratives, every piece of furniture and decorative trinket in your home can (and should) have a story, yet it’s the statement objects are going to add that important finishing touch to any room. Why not try to bring in modern sculptures, crystal vases, antique table lamps, and brightly colored armchairs to a room? Of course, they can’t all go together, but you can choose an item and put it in a special place so that it can stand on its own and steal the show.

Pick a color

Just like with patterns, it’s easy to get carried away and go wild on the color front. You should think about the core color palette first, because this will allow you to create a harmonious space and avoid chaos. A neutral palette is always a good idea because you can add an accent color at any point, and even have several accent colors by the time you actually get to decorating. Remember that walls should be kept simple, as they are the backdrop for your colorful and stylish interior.

Eclectic design in its best is always moderate and intriguing, and you should always aim to create a balance in the room. If you manage to avoid haphazard look, you’ll be rewarded with a home that successfully blends different styles, decades, and themes. It will be a home that speaks volumes of its owner and everyone will fall in love with it.  

Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and simply in love with interior design. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.