Let’s admit it. We can’t hold ourselves to just one style that we love; deep down we are all a little eclectic.

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When I think of eclectic, something like a space showcasing a knotted circle design on a distressed warm-gold finish chest, with a vintage Japanese inspired swirl rug, pared down with modern-meets-classic recycled glass buffet lamp, and an elegant mirror with antique gold detailing comes to mind. But what does it mean? By definition, it means a combination of elements or particular styles from different time periods and different origins within a single project.

That being said, this doesn’t necessarily mean throw in a variety of styles in a way that would look chaotic, but rather to gather particular pieces with a unique and thoughtful connection. What elements are important for an eclectic style? The bones of the room can ultimately follow a single pattern or a variety. It’s what you do with the rest of the space that creates the real style. Colors play an important role in pulling things together. A variety of colors is okay, but it is typically better to keep it somewhat neutral in order to avoid a chaotic look with all of the other design features coming into play. Quite often, you may find expensive antiques mixed in with junk-store finds, as well as styles of pieces that don’t deliberately fit into any traditionally defined molds.

Lastly, when you’re a couple, eclectic designs can make it easier to blend both of your tastes. I know that in my home, my husband is quite traditional and my style tends to be coastal contemporary. The eclectic style to me could be defined by a beautiful woman in a deep purple romper, covered by a colorful, floral embroidered jacket, wearing gold strappy heels, and carrying a pink and green polka dot purse. Simply classic!

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