Decorating in the Eclectic Style

Do you like a wide variety of styles in your home? Do you prefer things that aren’t “matchy matchy”? Do you like to think outside of the box when it comes to home decor – maybe even think up new uses for traditional items? If so, you actually have a style, and it’s called Eclectic!

Though the word “eclectic” has been around for a long time, it has only recently become known as a decorating style. Eclectic style decorating got its start via the fine arts and architecture when pioneers prided themselves on the fact that they didn’t adhere to any particular style, then set about doing their own thing.

However, their work was so successful that their plan appears to have backfired, and these pioneers actually birthed what became known as the Eclectic decorating style.

A person who likes an eclectic style will not adhere to one decorating style, but instead chooses what they feel is the “best” of a few particular decorating styles and incorporates those elements into their home.
Because of this premise, many mistake the Eclectic style as an anything-can-go way of decorating, but the true Eclectic style is a very purposeful and well thought-out way of decorating.

Think of the Eclectic style as a borrowing of various styles while creating a cohesive look through color, texture and/or shape. A good definition of Eclectic style decorating is “a careful gathering of interesting elements that all work together.”

Typical characteristics of an Eclectic style space:
  • Calm mix of periods and styles
  • Neutral background colors
  • Unexpected use of materials and/or items
  • Uniqueness in art and furnishings
  • A “pulling together” through pattern, shape, texture, finish or color
  • Lack of clutter – everything has its place
  • Old easily mixed in with new
  • Handmade items or items with sentimental value
  • Celebration of contrasts 


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