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Tips from J. Hettinger Interiors: Eclectic Design

Want to combine different furniture styles in your home, but are unsure how to go about it? Let us lead the way with our fun and helpful design tips from an expert!

Eclecticism is a word that is used a lot in the interior design world. You'll see references to eclectic style everywhere - in magazines, on television, and by design professionals. What it means is simply mixing things up! Styles, periods, elements, whatever looks good. Being eclectic means not getting stuck in one design style or period; using your own ideas, being creative and gutsy about putting things together that you like, and making use of the best of all possible designs. 

The trend for 2011 saw a surge in this look and we believe it will stick around for a while. So how do designers go about creating a room that has a plethora of styles all in one space? We select from various sources, choose from several different cultures, combine decorative patterns and colors, and have the confidence that the final product will be beautiful! The eclectic style is a popular way to decorate, because almost anything can be incorporated into the decorating scheme. There is, however, a fine line when it comes to implementing the "look." Although there is almost no worry that a new picture or piece of furniture will not "go" with this design concept, the real challenge is making it all work together. 

Since eclectic designs use a number of textures, colors, wood tones, and decorative objects, this can pose a challenge to the inexperienced eye. A well-rounded designer versed in multiple styles can bring your unique style to fruition with ease and success. But there are some who choose to tackle this design challenge themselves; so, in no particular order, here are some helpful hits to get you started!

  • Start by choosing a wall color that pulls it all together.
  • Keep some of those "Grandma" items; they may create a unique appeal.
  • Try to avoid shopping at "big" stores; stick to the unique boutique shops.
  • Don't be afraid to mix patterns.
  • Don't be afraid to mix color.
  • Experiment with different floor plan layouts.
  • Choose the "driving force" of your design; this can be anything from a particular circa of furniture to an incredible piece of art.
  • Unique lighting is a must.
  • Don't ask your friends' opinion - their likes and dislikes may conflict with yours.
  • Be proud of your creation! 

Start your project with complete confidence that this style "is" the trend and that anything goes, but if you feel a pinch of insecurity, call on a professional for those finishing touches. It may make that final difference you are looking for.

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