Eclectic is the 'Coco Chanel' of the Interior World. Be Bold. Be Different!
Updated: Feb 13
In the words of Americas popular sitcom personality Dr. Fraser Crane: Eclectic is... "A style of decorating... The theory behind it is, if you have really fine pieces of furniture, it doesn't matter if they match, they will go together."
So in other words, eclectic is deriving ideas, style or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources and arranging them seamlessly to create sleek, sophisticated and grown up spaces that will not only get people talking but can be attained without breaking the bank. Don't worry it's not a compromise, it can still retain that much sort after lavish look with a little guidance and inspiration.
Eclectic Oozes A Certain 'Ja Ja Jou!'
So you want an example? Well above are some ideas to help you conjure up what on earth I'm talking about! Ok, maybe it looks like it's been thrown together effortlessly without an single synapse firing in the interior designers mind. But it's only when you get down to replicating this flavour, this style that oozes a certain 'Ja Ja Jou,' that you conclude, it's a little more trickier than you first thought!
Isn't that true of everything in life? The boy who grows up thinking he can play football like Steven Gerrard just because he scored a goal at his school cup final. Sure he can play the game, but is he really a Steven Gerrard? Or what about the husband who thinks that just by strutting around the house in some new H & M underwear, he's all of a sudden David Beckham! Wishful thinking! Or maybe like my good self, your a wife who just because you enjoy cooking and whipping up a candle-lit dinner party for friends your all of a sudden Nigella Lawson and months away from publishing your own recipe book! If only we were given the chance we lament! Well, it's ok to dream! Dream on all! So, eclectic get's people talking, just be sure to get it right!
Collaborating Era's, Styles and Materials
So, where were we? Eclectic! So, let's spill out some words just for the fun of it. We're talking a collaboration of Era's, vintage, traditional, contemporary, industrial, and bohemian styles. Classic pieces that have found themselves incorporated into homes for decades up and down the country. The Belfast sink, huge commanding Aga's, butcher-block worktops, colourful Smeg fridges and roll top baths with chrome plated victorian taps situated perfectly below large Georgian windows with green hillside views. Well, if you happen to be living amongst the privileged that is! All of these beautiful classic elements can be incorporated into contemporary and minimalistic homes. Why not even throw in some industrial elements too! Now we are creating art in our homes, a masterpiece, a signature room that no one else has.
Be Creative and Free Your Imagination!
Now think back to Fraiser Crane, the eclectic progeny with his imitation Coco Channel sofa, his Eames & Wassily chairs. His wassily what? Exactly. We don't need to invest in over indulgent materials, we just want it to appear that way. So if you're savvy, you can make your home opulent without breaking the bank. Shop for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms at local suppliers like Howdens and Ikea and get high street deals. D K Joinery can get you trade prices, cutting whopping chunks off purchases. Local second hand shops, salvage & reclamation yards can prove an alladins cave if you have an eye for it. Look out for one or two original pieces that can finish off the look of your new room. Be creative with your use of space and be brave. Think outside your comfort zone and get people talking! Pass on the eclectic bug and inspire others.
The conclusion of the matter is, there are no hard and fast rules. Just a little imagination. But you can still get it wrong. So to help you get it right you'll find a link at the bottom of our post to stir your inspiration and confidence. Go ahead and be brave, you may be surprised to find you have a natural unfounded flare hidden somewhere within your brilliant self.
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