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Eclectic Interior Design : An Unconventional Combination of Styles


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Every interior design style has its own charm. But what happens when you mix 3-4 styles according to your preference? There could only be two results; either the design will be completely chaotic or it could be the opposite.


Eclectic style is all about harmony and mixing up of diverse styles, juxtaposing textures, and contrasting colors to design a cohesive, beautifully realized room. This style is based on experimentation and play. Here, we will discuss everything there is to know about eclectic interior design and what makes it more special than other styles.


What is Eclectic Interior Design?


Eclectic interior design is a combination of elements of multiple design styles into a single space. The best part about electric style is that there are no rules or requirements that bind your creativity. The versatility and unpredictability that come with it, is the essence of eclectic interior design.


Rather than focusing on different styles of the same era, the eclectic interior design focuses on incorporating different styles from different time periods. This is what makes eclectic design so unusually charming.




A Brief History :


The term 'eclecticism surfaced in the architecture community during late 19th century Europe. It started as a way for architects and designers to explore their creativity with complete freedom. It was a way for them to reject the rules bound by their clients that limits their imagination.


This follows the real meaning behind the word 'eclectic' as it means 'favorite' or 'selected' in Greek translation. By the early 20th century, eclecticism became popular and established its influence in America.


However, during the 1930s, modernism and art deco styles started becoming more popular. This eventually overshadowed eclecticism and it declined in favor. Nonetheless, during the late 20th century, eclecticism was revived in a newer, better form and became a part of the post-modernism movement.



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Key Elements of Eclectic Interior Design :


1. Mixed Patterns and Textures :


An important characteristic of eclectic interior design is its combination of patterns and textures. This style rarely repeats the same patterns and textures in any space. Nonetheless, the irregular fusion of styles is what adds to its appeal.




2. Exotic Styles :


Eclectic style isn't limited to one place only. Often, you will find the decor and inspiration from around the world woven through one home. From furniture to decorative items, each represents its own story.



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3. Vintage and Modern :


As mentioned earlier, an eclectic design draws inspiration from different time periods. In fact, it may be the only style where you'll get to see such perfect harmony between multiple kinds of tradition, culture, and modernism.



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4. Unconventional Color Palette :


This is one of the distinct characteristics of eclectic interior design. The key is to use colors that normally don't work well together. It's more challenging than it may seem. However, the key is to bring in bold hues and bright tones. There's very little use of dull or neutral colors in an eclectic design.



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5. A Focal Point :


A focal point is a must for an eclectic interior design. It could be anything you like, a bold lighting fixture, an accent wall, an exotic decorative item, and so on. It could even be a piece of funky furniture. A focal point must be based on the size of a room. If a room is too big, you can even use two or three focal points.




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6. Mixed Furniture Styles :


Eclectic interior design may be the only style where you can use a traditional wooden table with modern metal chairs. This style gives us complete freedom to choose all kinds of different furniture and put them together.



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Eclecticism is a path towards discovering new styles and development in creativity. Hence, eclectic interior design doesn't mean messy items or elements thrown together in one space. Even though there are no rules applied to eclectic interior design, you need to follow your intuition and see what goes well with the other.

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