How to easily achieve an eclectic home interior style

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A couple of days ago I ran into my stuck-up neighbor on the street and to avoid her questioning me, I asked “wassup”, which turned out to be a huge mistake. It was literally like turning on your lawnmower! Nothing could stop her yammering about how she hired an EXPENSIVE professional to redesign her interior into an “eclectic it-spot” (her words, not mine). After I got to work and had, at that point a very necessary Advil, I started thinking, is an eclectic home interior really that special? And if so, is it really that hard to achieve that you needed to hire a professional?

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Sunny eclectic living room. Design by Richard Mishaan.

According to our trusty buddy Wikipedia, the term “eclectic” stands for: deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. The urban dictionary states that the word “eclectic” describes a combination of many different individual elements of styles, themes, mediums or inspirations pooled from many sources.” Sooo, eclectic is actually a mishmash of a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but it sounds boujee? Seems so. On the same note, we all like being a little bit boujee here and there. After all, this is the era of James Charles and Cardi B (wink wink).

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Colorful eclectic living room. Design by Lisa Gilmore.
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Vibrant eclectic living room with a precise layout.

Needless to say, if eclectic is what you’re going for and you keep those clean lines and sense of surprise in mind, then decorating your home interior in eclectic style shouldn’t be a problem. Achieving eclecticism is actually very easy since we are all by nature a bit eclectic. We all like a little bit of this and a little bit of that mixed together in a bold, but tasteful manner and that is exactly what eclectic style is. However, if you are a bragging sack of sunflowers and rose petals like my neighbor, you can always waste your money and have a designer do it for you.

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The mixture of a variety of texture in an eclectic living room. Design by Diane Rath, photography by Erin Kestenbaum.

Creative Consistency

When it comes to some valuable pointers you should follow when going for eclectic interior, the first and the biggest rule is: Go for it! It is your space so of course, you should include the things you love, the trick is to make it look vibrant and eye-catching, but not overbearing. It might sound simple, but if you go into it too enthusiastically it could backfire. For example, once you’ve decided on the favorite textures, use them all, but don’t forget to use one multiple time. That way you will create an illusion of a creative consistency, but the space will still look as eclectic as possible.

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Creative consistency in an eclectic loft. Design by Daleet Spector Design.

Colors

Same goes for colors. Use a variety of colors, but make sure to pick just one that will support the overall layout of the space. For example, if you are a photography buff, hang all of your photos on one wall, but make sure that the wall matches the rug in front of it or the color of the dresser. It is very easy to get caught up in a variety of favorite things, colors and, textures, but it is important to have one or two items that will play the role of home accents and visually hold everything together.

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Eclectic room with a perfect layout. Photography by Amelia Hallsworth Photography.

Focal Points

On the same note, don’t forget to decide on one focal point. The eclectic style does combine design-periods and styles through a variety of different items, but the curated visuals shouldn’t lack focus. The expression “focal point” may sound vague, but for a good reason. A focal point could basically be anything you decide to accentuate, from a table lamp with a quirky abat jour to an open Tudor fireplace. If you are creating a layout from scratch you can also go for a completely new focal point, rather than accentuating something existing.

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A fireplace as a focal point in an eclectic space. Design by Hart Design And Construction.

Have Fun With it

Last but not least, don’t be a stuck up. Being reserved and taking yourself seriously is the worst thing you can do when attempting to create an eclectic interior. Go for something new and add a completely mismatchy splash of color here and there. Come to think of it, that is probably why my neighbor hired a professional…

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Splash of color in an eclectic living room.

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