Tips For Using Rugs To Create Eclectic Interior Designs
You are a complex human being with a variety of different interests and sensibilities. Why should you have to confine yourself to one single interior design scheme? If you have a collection involving both traditional and modern elements, or you’d like to start a collection of pieces from many movements and eras, an eclectic interior design, which involves combining disparate elements into a rich, layered scheme, may work well for your home.
However, while an eclectic design scheme may appear haphazard to the casual observer, it actually requires a great deal of careful planning. The word “eclectic” literally means selecting the best elements for use. Therefore, eclectic interior design is not just throwing items randomly together. Rather, it is choosing the specific elements to complement one another for a curated look. It can be difficult to pull off an eclectic design scheme without it becoming overwhelming or tacky. Here are some helpful tips.
1. Go Bold With Your Eclectic Interiors
Eclectic design is about making a strong statement. This means experimenting with bold patterns that ordinarily wouldn’t go together. It also means focusing the eye on a particular conversation piece in each room. Not every element of eclectic design is striking in this way, but every room that you decorate in this style should have something bold about it.
2. When Combining Eclectic Elements In Your Interior, Make Sure To Stay Organized!
Eclectic interior design may appear chaotic, but it actually requires careful planning. Every piece that you place in a room should have a particular reason for being there. The motivation behind each placement may not be evident to observers, but you need to determine it beforehand.
3. Keep Walls Simple
Some elements of eclectic design have to be subtle, or else the bold elements won’t stand out. Think of your walls as a backdrop against which to layer your other pieces. From this perspective, a simple wall, painted in a single color, makes much more sense than a room papered with a complex pattern wallpaper or tapestry, which may end up making the room feel too busy when the other elements are added.
4. Unify Your Eclectic Interior Design With Color
Eclectic style needs a few cohesive elements that bring the room together as a unified whole rather than just a random collection of items. Color can be an effective way of doing this, especially when you are combining different patterns. You’ll usually want to choose one main color (often neutral, though it doesn’t have to be) and one accent color, of which you can incorporate different shades.
As you’re choosing colors, think about how they will affect the overall feel of the room. If it is a large, open room that you would like to feel warm and cozier, you should choose colors that are warm and / or dark. On the other hand, if you are looking to open up a small space, lighter colors and/or those on the cool side of the spectrum will typically better serve your purpose.
5. Combine Different Textures
Eclectic interior design is largely about contrast, which you can create with different textures as well as different patterns. Hard and soft, rough and smooth can all unite to create intriguing contrasts. For example, you could combine a shaggy rug with a smooth leather sofa, or a place a soft, overstuffed armchair in a room with industrial elements of exposed brick walls and hardwood floors.
6. Consider Utility
Eclectic interior design may cause your home to resemble a museum. However, keep in mind that you will also have to use it as a living space. If you’re having difficulty making a decision, take a step back from aesthetics and consider practicality. Livability may be the X-factor that helps you resolve your design dilemma.
7. Don’t Say Too Much
Unless a room is very large, it can probably only handle one big statement piece. Otherwise, the room may feel cluttered, and your conversation starter may become lost. Choose one statement piece for each room and then decorate more subtly around it.
8. Use Negative Space
Leave some tables and shelves empty to provide the eye with some necessary restful places. You do not need to display your entire collection all at once. Rather, rotate the pieces every once in a while to add variety and interest.
9. Eclectic Interiors Make It Easy To Express Your Personality
Eclectic design gives you more leeway to do this than a more formal style would. One opportunity to express yourself really effectively is with a gallery wall. This is a way to reflect personal interests and experiences, whether it be photography, performing arts, travel, etc. Gallery style doesn’t require you to arrange the pictures in straight lines, but there should be some unifying element about them, whether that be color, subject matter, framing, etc.
10. Feel Free To Experiment with Eclectic Rugs In Your Interior Design
While you may start out with a plan, leave yourself open to changing your mind. If there are happy accidents that may not have been what you had in mind but nevertheless work well, go ahead and embrace them. Antique, vintage or modern rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection can work well with eclectic style because they also incorporate both the classic and the contemporary. Browse our selection to find a piece that has meaning for you.