Numerous interior design styles have gained popularity in the past. These include the country, art-deco, modern-contemporary, and minimalist styles, among many others. Owing to the relative advantages that they offer, we can safely assume that these will never go out of style.
Recently, trends in the area of interior decoration have given rise to another popular style, which has been aptly called "eclectic." In itself, the word conjures various images that may be deemed as exotic or unusual. However, in home design lingo, this refers to a design scheme which incorporates multi-cultural elements such as large wood wall art and religious sculptures from Asia, hunting implements and tribal masks from Africa, as well as other design pieces from Europe and South America , among many others. When appropriately used, these accent pieces can collectively give off a global vibe, even if you have not left the continent at all!
This design scheme is ideal for those who want to give their homes a unique, and possibly more intellectual style, such as students, professors, and even world travelers themselves. Certainly, this look is not for everyone, so caution must be taken in incorporating these elements into your home. In order to successfully employ this design scheme, you may want to check out the following considerations.
Your Personal Taste- This is the most important factor that you must consider. The eclectic style must complement your personality and lifestyle. If your interests fit well with the eclectic design aesthetic, then feel free to experiment and incorporate these design elements into your home. For example, you can hang an intricate carved wood wall art featuring a Chinese theme on a prominent section of the living room. Otherwise, you may start with small pieces that can serve as accents. For example, two or three Japanese Kabuki masks which colors pick up the other colors of the room can be hung on the walls.
Location and Design- These are also important considerations to help you place the correct design piece in an appropriate place in the house. Traditional landscape paintings can be placed in the dining room, while hunting implements can be displayed in the den or the library. At the same time, wall art, such as plaques or bas reliefs, may be used in the foyer, in hallways, or in the kitchen. It is also important to take note of cultural considerations in deciding on which areas of the house these design pieces will appear.
Theme- The running theme is also an important consideration to help you maintain the consistency of the overall look of your home décor. Collections are usually effective in presenting a theme, but do remember to use one focal accent piece. For instance, a large wood wall art featuring a Buddha, can serve as the main piece and will then be echoed through various pieces in the home. Complementary pieces may include a collection of miniature Buddha sculptures on the mantelpiece or prints in the dining room.
Remember, if you are unsure, it is a good idea to start with small pieces first and then gradually expand your collection and design pieces to create a truly unique look.