Establish Your Style Series: Eclectic

Welcome to one of the most challenging yet personal styles to possibly achieve. Eclectic style allows you to embrace your quirks while breaking the rules (which is why I love it), showcasing accents and furnishings you love no matter how unique or different from one another. However, this style can be tricky, a balance must be struck going for contrasting polarity versus an all out junky jumble. 

Eclectic style reinforces the idea that all the things you absolutely love will somehow look great together to give a subtle cohesion. However, there are some tips to help you along the way in order to avoid pure chaos. Ready…let us immerse ourselves: 

Tip#1: The Style Mix Tape: Eclectic style allows you to pull from all the decorating genres you love: Traditional, Contemporary, Rustic, Hollywood Glam, Industrial, etc. Mixing styles is the fundamental principal of eclecticism and frees you to decorate and design without boundaries or standards (mostly, we are still trying to avoid a downright mess). 

Eclectic Kitchen by Mountain View Photographers Calista Chandler Photography

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Eclectic Home Office by Gastonia Interior Designers & Decorators Emily A. Clark

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Eclectic Bedroom by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Niki Papadopoulos

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Tip#2: Accessories That Scream: Bring your fabulous and funky finds into a space no matter how quirky or ostentatious, eclecticism is about bringing your personality into a space. Remember, these accessories can be new and old or made by you, this is the time to showcase those sentimental pieces you love and have owned for years or that DIY project you take pride in. Bringing eclectic style in through decor is the safest way to achieve it, you can always move things around if you want a change. 

Eclectic Bathroom

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Eclectic Home Office by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators Christina Karras
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Eclectic Living Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Jeffers Design Group

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Tip#3: Break The Color Rules: Punchy hues or jewel tones with subtle pastels, or black and white punctuated with your favorite shades, eclectic style let’s you have fun with the color wheel. However, do not spin that wheel too freely, be methodical about your color choices. Choose your ideal colors and fill in the gaps with hues that compliment but not overwhelm them, otherwise you will have a colorful mess. If you have a loud color on the walls, make sure your accessories are shyer or vice versa white walls will look right if your decor is bright. #makingrhymes This careful balance is why black and white thrives in eclectic style. 

Eclectic Bedroom by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators Burnham Design

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Eclectic Home Office by Bala Cynwyd Design-Build Firms Design Manifest

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Eclectic Living Room by New York Photographers Rikki Snyder

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Eclectic Living Room by Boise Interior Designers & Decorators Judith Balis Interiors

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Tip#4: A Solid Foundation: This is important for two reasons. First, having a conventional base allows you to get funky with your decor. The contrast of a classic base with crazy, cool accessories emphasizes those fun pieces without being overwhelming. Second, if your mood changes with the seasons, a simple base, like whites or soft grays, allows you to easily switch things up at a lower cost. 

Eclectic Dining Room by Other Metro Media & Bloggers sarah & bendrix

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Eclectic Bedroom by Dallas Media & Bloggers Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

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Eclectic Bedroom by Fort Worth Media & Bloggers Hilary Walker

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Tip#5: The Line, Pattern and Texture Blend: Straight lines and curves, stripes and florals, leather and velvet, square and circular accessories; eclectic style allows you to flaunt what you like best. Make sure to boost textures through fabrics and finishes, pair matte surfaces with polished ones. When it comes to lines, patterns and texture, there are no rules. 

Eclectic Dining Room by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Cielo Home Interior Design

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Eclectic Living Room by Dallas Media & Bloggers Sarah Greenman

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Eclectic Spaces by Bala Cynwyd Design-Build Firms Design Manifest

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Eclectic Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Deborah French Designs

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Tip#6: Get Weird With Your Focal Piece: Maybe you have had your eye on a quirky piece you want to bring into focus yet it seems out of place. Eclectic style gives you the chance. There is no odd man out here, black sheep are encouraged. Just remember, too many statement pieces can bring distraction to a space, not cohesion. 

Eclectic Bathroom by Other Metro Interior Designers & Decorators d.mesure – Elodie Sire

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Eclectic Entry by Philadelphia Interior Designers & Decorators Caitlin Wilson

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Eclectic Dining Room by Portland Photographers Whitney Lyons

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Tip#7: Clash of the Eras: Machine made, handmade, old and new; no matter what the era, all accessories are welcome. Pair antiques with contemporary or modern touches. It does not matter if you are into estate sales or CB2, just pick your favorite things. 

Eclectic Living Room by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Nichole Loiacono Design

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Eclectic Kitchen

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Eclectic Dining Room by Charleston Design-Build Firms Cortney Bishop Design

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Tip#8: Repeat: The one thing that is hard to establish with eclectic style is a theme. Fear not. Continual echos of materials like metallics, color, finishes, patterns  or shapes gives eclecticism its rhythm and feels cohesive and not complicated. 

Eclectic Home Office by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Kirkland & King Design Associates

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Eclectic Bedroom by Rockville Interior Designers & Decorators Kristin Peake Interiors, LLC

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Eclectic Bathroom by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Andre Rothblatt Architecture

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This is the part where we discuss exteriors, but the truth is, with eclectic design, everything is in play. 

So far we have covered Hollywood Glam, Traditional, Contemporary and now Eclectic. Up next will be Industrial style. 

Until we meet again, stay sassy and cool.

Jenn

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