4 Key Elements Of Eclectic Interior: Mixing Old & New Styles

The eclectic interior appears as exciting as the term “eclectic” sounds.

It’s you-style!

Basically, the eclectic style cohesively meshes together different time periods and interior styles using colour, texture, and finish.

You can bring in style elements you love, the colours you prefer and furniture you adore.

But remember, you can’t throw a bunch of items randomly together. To let the eclectic interior work magically, it is good to stick to the basic rules and elements.

1. Create A Neutral Background

Think of a room as a blank canvas, especially when you are working on an eclectic look.

Since the design elements in this theme should be eye-catching, a neutral background is essential to relieving the eyes. You can choose neutral paint colours like grey, white, black and tan.

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You can also consider visually neutral natural materials like woods, stones, and eco-friendly fibres. These materials have a built-in texture that keeps the background from feeling boring. Use them in flooring, decor items, and countertops.

2. Pair Different Design Eras

The furniture you choose should belong to different design eras. Don’t hesitate to pair Scandinavian chairs with contemporary furniture.

This design perfectly combines industrial design with Scandinavian look.

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For a little less sleek look, you can combine rustic pieces with vintage. Intermingling design eras can bring life to the eclectic interior design.

3. Contrasting Textures

Incorporate rough and smooth textures together to add interest to your interior, especially when you choose a simple colour palette.

Marble, smooth leather, wood, or steel against wooden furniture, fluffy throws, and woven rugs create the much-loved aesthetic narrative of an eclectic home.

To see what we mean, check this example:

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This eclectic design contrasts the warm grey with wood flooring to create a modern yet classic space.

Furry cushions and contemporary chairs wouldn’t normally be paired together. But this design works so elegantly because the colour of the cushions is repeated throughout the room, thus achieving the balance.

Don’t forget to use one texture three times in different areas throughout your home. It will help to maintain a cohesive look.

4. A Coordinated Colour Scheme

For any successful interior design, it’s critical to maintain coordination throughout the space and, in the eclectic style, colour is the way to achieve this. Choose one shade as the dominant while others work as accents.

Choose a colour that you can repeat in multiple areas in the room, and you can use it in your decor accents and textiles. Try to find the colour in different prints and patterns so that you can achieve the right and a subtle eclectic mix.

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For a tonal space, a sea-inspired palette works well. It includes shades like milky baby blues, navy hues, and other cerulean shades.

Creating a colour scheme helps maintain cohesion when there is a variety of different styles of furniture, accessories, and patterns.

Bonus Tip: Make it Balanced and Personal

Sneak in small accents and accessories throughout the rooms to let your personality shine in your home interior.

Also, balance and symmetry exist at the core of eclectic interior designs.

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