This week is about tackling arguably one of the more difficult styles: eclectic. (By now, you’ve seen other entries of this closet style franchise, including my modern glamour post for My L.A. Lifestyle.) There is a fine line between a space looking eclectic versus one that looks like a mismatched collection of flea market finds. It’s all about mixing and matching and breaking the rules—with the intention of telling a unique and inspiring story, that is. It’s about creating a smart and sophisticated yet effortlessly comfortable ease. In effect, this mismatching should create its own cohesive look.
Here are some guidelines in order to create the perfect eclectic look:
Break the rules! Forget about following the on-trend color palettes, and mix it up! Take risks and mix unusual colors with bold patterns. Upholstering a lacquered-finished, midcentury-style sofa with an oversized houndstooth pattern is unconventional but will undoubtedly make for a dramatic statement. For the more subdued, start with painting everything white so you can boldly play with colors and prints in your accessories.
Make it personal. By mixing and layering your favorite finds from your travels, you’ll create a space that embraces your individuality.
Mix and match to create a cohesive look! Midcentury furniture combined with vintage finds and paired with contemporary accessories will make your space fun and funky. Here is where your intution comes into play—follow your instinct. Think of the whole decorating process as curating your own museum. Whether it’s via color, pattern or geometry, be sure to have a loosely connected thread that will anchor your look into a cohesive one.
Find inspiration from your favorite decades. Whether it’s 1950s advertising magazines, retro stores or your local flea markets, these are all great sources of inspiration. To create cohesion, photograph all of your favorite finds and create story boards in order to develop the perfect eclectic vibe.
Have fun with it! If you are going for an eclectic style, I’d consider you a risk taker. Kudos! There is an inherent air of quirk and wit that resonates when you don’t take yourself too seriously. I mean, who doesn’t appreciate a sense of humor?