Interior decorators are always talking about the importance of balance and proportion. It applies to colour, shape, texture, and style. Mixing modern items with old features and vintage furniture is a great way to achieve these decorating goals because the approach keeps a room fresh, adds contrast and depth, and ultimately creates balance.
It adds a bit of excitement and an element of the unexpected. But filling a room with an eclectic, unplanned mishmash of styles is rarely a good idea. Before getting started, it’s a good idea to know what you’re trying to achieve. Here are a few possible directions to consider.
“Eclectic” is a popular adjective in interior design parlance, meaning a decor that comprises heterogeneous elements — a mixture of textures, time periods, styles, trends, and colors. There is a fine line, however, between a beautifully eclectic room and a room that is merely haphazard and chaotic, with no unifying themes or motifs. Consider the scale of each piece within the space, as getting the proportions right is essential to how furnishings relate to one another, particularly when creating an eclectic scheme. Oversized designs are generally better than undersized, some of the most impressive schemes combine contemporary seating with vintage chandeliers and classical mirrors.
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Stunning spaces with high ceilings, fabulous windows, and original features provide the perfect backdrop to any design, and it is possible to introduce a little of this to a less architecturally interesting space. Eclectic interiors tend to be based on either traditional or industrial root, so adding raw elements such as exposed brickwork, weathered textural wall finishes, and classically styled fireplaces will help to set the scene. To add this element to a more modern space, Amberth adds a red brick addition to create this appearance.
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Once you spot the understated exterior, there’s no mistaking its distinctive stamp, exposed beams offer a unique sense of belonging to the untamed nature surrounding us all. By displaying wooden details, our homes have embraced a transformation that guides the design lines towards new peaks. One of the grandest design features you can put in any home is an open ceiling with exposed beams. There are many reasons why designers of both modern and traditional homes are choosing this trend.
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When we mention the marble, many people have a vision of large, cold rooms, closed from floor to ceiling or marble associated with ornate sculptures that decorate the rooms of our grandmothers. Marble made a modern twist in the world of interior design however it is necessary to use it in small doses, accents and pieces. In this case, when it comes to marble, less mean infinitely more. If you want to follow the trends and use of marble in the interior, look for creative ways to incorporate marble into your interior.
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