The word “eclectics” from Greek means “choosing”, which presupposes that the meaning determines the direction of the style called this way. The complex combination of different and sometimes even absolutely opposite and non-combinable by their artistic sense style and origin of elements for the decoration of the interior is a regularity. Not everyone will feel comfortable being in such premise because at first sight the eclectic apartment may seem chaotic and sometimes tasteless, but such direction of the designers’ opinion finds its admirers which allow eclectics maintaining its popularity for many centuries.
And if we take a closer look at the house interior, every of us will find something which bears the spirit of antiquity and fits perfectly the general interior, even being in conflict with the state-of-the-art elements, which constitutes the differential feature of this style in comparison to the others. To combine the non-combinable is a main task for the apartment decoration in the eclectic style.
Key rules of the interior eclectics
First, all the furniture items should match each other by color and texture of the finishing material. The combination of colors plays the most important role in the perception of space as an organic whole. Even if these are the contrasting colors, they should be correlated in a way that the whole furniture in the room, be it ancient ottoman or state-of-the-art chair, looks like the unified picture with multiple interesting details.
As to the textile in the premises: curtains, decorative cushions, bedspreads – all these elements should harmonize well with each other. Noteworthy, all these components in the eclectic style are most often intense in colors and are arranged in the Oriental style.
Eclectics in the interior is good for perception only in case all the rules are followed in the premises, while the overuse of the décor elements and furniture of different stylistics and times overloads the space and makes it disordered and uncomfortable.
The principle of smooth passage from the tender color to the bright ones – this is coloration acceptable for the eclectics. At the same time, it should be taken into account that only the natural colors should be used, the gamma of which depends exclusively upon the tastes of the house owners. In the bedroom, the preference should be given to the subtle colors, which will not offend the eye. But in the sitting room the use of bright and sometimes even violent contrasts will be an ideal solution. For instance, the subtle color of chairs and bright sofa will harmonize perfectly with each other, if this composition is complemented by the cushions of the corresponding colors. Small bright accents may be also inserted even somewhere in the background of curtains and even the picture in the same intense colors may be hanged on the wall.
Walls and ceiling
As a rule, the walls and ceiling in the eclectic style shall be painted in subtle colors, they may be plastered and painted or the wallpapers for their coating may be used. However, this does not exclude the possibility of the creation of any contrast finishing. For instance, the blue ceiling will look ideally with the light walls on which the panel picture of wallpapers and the wall baseboards are placed. The hand-made wall paintings will look perfect here. The walls may also be decorated with tiles containing the oriental ornament.
Parquet or tiles will become a sure option for the flooring. However, as flooring, for economy version, you may use linoleum or laminate with the imitation of parquet. Carpets are a compulsory condition for the arrangement of floors in the eclectic style. These may be both modern fitted carpets and the retro strips of carpets, with different vegetation and geometrical patterns.
Furniture in the eclectic style is the contact of ages
The contact of epochs and styles makes the eclectic style special. Here you may preserve the cherished furniture items, the only thing necessary is to decorate the favorite mirror, chair of the coffee table so that it harmonizes well with the interior.
And even if you have to change the covering or paint the frame, be it a chair or chest, the ancient furniture will look especially magnificent and will bear the energy of the previous epochs. In such interior, along with the modern leather sofa the inherited wardrobe with carved doors on the figured legs will easily fit in. such combination not only adds the charm but also may become a real attention grabber of the whole premise.
Décor in the eclectic apartment may be very diverse. Considering the peculiarities of this direction, the interior will welcome even the most diverse items: hand-made vases, pictures, photo frames, statuettes, candlesticks and other odds and ends.
It should also be noted that the lamps may also become a perfect decoration of the room. For instance, a large crystal chandelier with multiple illuminations, from the light of which the small rainbow iridescences run along the walls and ceiling. Different floor lamps and unusual-shaped lamps will also become a perfect complement to the interior.
The interior eclectics as a way to preserve the cherished stuff
Eclectics in the interior is an ideal direction for the admirers with the independent world views, for the people who cherish the antique items and do not hurry to throw them away, acquiring something state-of-the-art for their houses