Eclectic style: It’s so easy to love, yet a bit trickier to achieve. To help guide your next design project, interior designer Rita Konig and mid-century modern furniture company Joybird outline the do’s and dont’s.
Design pros weigh in on the right things to do to bring the look together, and the common mistakes to avoid.
DO: CONSIDER LAYOUT
When planning out an eclectic style space, it’s easy to get caught up in which colors, textures, and patterns will bring the look together. However, don’t forget about placement. “I think layout is one of the most important things in a room, more than the color or the fabrics,” says Konig. “The layout of the furniture is what will make it comfortable and feel like a room you want to be in.” Before you start purchasing decor for the room, nail down where each piece of furniture will go. You may find you actually don’t have space for that quirky floor lamp or 19th-century chest.
DON’T: FORGET A FOCAL POINT
When you arrange your layout, remember: Though eclectic style does involve combining styles and periods through a wide variety of items, the curated look shouldn’t lack focus. Joybird suggests creating a focal point (or accentuating an existing one) with an eye-catching element — say, an accent wall, fireplace, or bold decorative item.