In almost every magazine, you’ll land at some point on an image of an eclectic interior filled with a mishmash of colour, pattern, fabrics and furniture inspired by different eras. It’s a look that’s confident and exudes a carefree bohemian attitude, but can give some a bit of a headache and can scare many off the word ‘eclectic’. But design approaches are always on a scale, and you don’t need to go right to the extreme eclectic end to mix things up a bit.
When you have a room with just one variety of furniture, the atmosphere will feel much more formal. Compare it to a meticulously coordinated outfit where every item is from the same shop, the same product line, the same colour, and the same material. It gives the impression that there’s not a hair out of place and that’s how it must stay. It can appear a bit too poised, a bit too polished. You’d be afraid to give them a great big hug for fear of crumpling their perfectly put-together look. The same mentality applies with your interior. When every design matches, it soon seems staged and it becomes less inviting to just make yourself at home. So, by adding in a touch of difference, you’re basically loosening up your scheme and letting it – and everyone in it – relax.