If there’s one thing I know to be true about my style, it’s the eclectic tendencies in it. Across all the expressive fields of my life, writing, painting, getting dressed to go out, home decorating, the vibrant theme of my upcoming wedding etc, eclectic details are consistently present. However, as much as my stuff mixes and doesn’t match, there’s a method to the madness. I suppose that’s the difference between a home that is eclectic and home that’s just straight-up tacky. It’s not such a fine line at all. I think the difference can only be illustrated with an analogous comparison. An eclectic room next to a tacky room is like a unique art piece next to a pile of stuff.
Hosting an eclectic space is a bold and even courageous endeavor. You always run the risk (as an artist always runs the risk of a viewer’s disapproval or confusion) of conveying “strange,” but that’s the fun in it all. When an eclectic room is designed with confidence and passion, you’re most likely to convey vibrance and a unique as well as confident sense of design. While the art of “eclectic” has no official formula, other than the personal taste and vision of the designer, it can be overwhelming to start from a blank slate, but if you try some of the techniques listed below, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised and have a marvelous time being your own eccentric designer.
How to Design an Eclectic Space From Scratch
1. Above all, make sure you are genuinely tuned into your own personal likings. A cool way to examine your own taste is to literally compile a bunch of your favorite stuff and explore what you see.
2. Break the items down into details and traits. Consider taking a photo of your little collection. When you look at the photo, away from the items, you are more likely to notice color, traits, shapes and patterns. You can also keep the photo with you in your phone for when you’re out and about hunting/shopping for potential design elements.
3. Avoid Pinterest and home magazines during the design process (I know…seems impossible. I am a total Pinterest junkie). While viewing others’ design strategies is inspiring and helpful; try to remain loyal to your own vision sans outside influence and see what comes out (you can always go back and tinker/improve with Pinned tips after the authentic style is revealed).
4. Reject the need to explain yourself or your vision. With eclectic, there is no explanation necessary; it’s what it looks like, feels like and projects.
5. Be confident. Don’t doubt your choices. Don’t seek out approval. Just do. Create and enjoy.
Up next: 13 Ways to Add Eclectic Touches to Your Already Designed Space …there does appear to be some marked essentials and patterns.
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