Let’s face it, opposites really do attract in love AND in design. Fortunately, there’s an interior design style that celebrates a mixture of differences — eclectic.
This style is a favorite of couples, because it successfully reflects a dual “he said, she said” point of view. It finds the virtue in contrast. With a melting pot of styles, periods, textures and colors, this design style essentially makes it okay to disagree. It embraces each and every design difference into a surprisingly cohesive look. With the unexpected hybrid of styles, there’s also a thoughtful parallel of masculine and feminine, florals and leather and vintage and modern, which can work well to strengthen each other and yield a very sophisticated vibe.
But before you go tossing every element into a single room, know that there is a method to the madness. A good rule of thumb is to apply the 80/20 rule: 80% of the room should be one style, and 20% a mix of other styles that make the greatest impact on the overall look. Here are a few more helpful hints on how to pull off this delicate balance…
Strike a Balance
It’s pleasing to the eye when objects share an equal visual weight or silhouette. Even with different styles, this asymmetry can be achieved. Take the chairs in your dining room: They certainly don’t have to all match, but they should roughly be the same size or share the same clean or curvy lines.
Details Make the Difference
As you master your eclectic design keep in mind that it’s best to maintain a unifying element or two, like color, a focal point, or a theme. Then use accents like rugs, artwork, or throw pillows to enhance your contrasting styles. Little details can go a long way.
Don’t be fooled that eclectic is merely a euphemism for “anything goes.” Just like any other style, there should be a fair amount of curation and planning. It can be a slippery slope from eclectic to total chaos. While you shouldn’t be afraid to mix in new styles and inspirations, managing the amount of clutter is crucial to making this look work.