Ode to the Eclectic
Put together some Saarinen chairs in white plastic, a Spanish baroque armchair, a heavy wooden table and some funky contemporary lighting and what do you get? A truly eclectic interior.
Over the past few months, I have been searching for the right kind of products to put in my store. The journey has taken me around the world and I am looking forward to soon unveiling it to all. I have been looking for the unusual combinations that typify an eclectic interior. However, sometimes too much eclecticism can be, well you know, too much. It can be difficult to put together the right kind of look, without it looking like you put any thought into it at all.
I chose three interiors to show you here and I wanted to explain why they work well together.
1. All of these interiors use natural light to show off texture and natural tones
2. Use of harmonious colours. You will notice that most of these interiors have pale or monochromatic walls. This is key to pulling a look together.
3. The natural architecture of the room is allowed to shine. Those architectural details: mouldings, dado rails and panelling are used to add definition and interest.
4. A couple of interesting and unusual pieces of furniture. The use of this device draws your eye into the room- the look is almost jarring but if the piece is interesting and beautiful in its own right, it will only serve to enhance, not detract from the interior
5. Great lighting: lighting is one of those things that really make the room. Everything looks better with a fabulous lamp switched on.
6. Some great art and books…these go without saying.
14 January 2012