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Eclectic Interiors: The Recipe to Success

Written by Vincent and Barn

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Posted on 08 July 2019

The beauty of the industrial look is that it works with so many other styles of interior – vintage, rustic, modern and eclectic, to name a few. Today we wanted to take a look further into the latter and share the five essentials for eclectic success in your home décor.

Unlike chain furniture companies, here at Vincent & Barn, we don’t produce collections. This is because we love the eclectic feel to a room where you can mix and match furniture, without your home looking like its fresh from the pages of a catalogue.

If you’re on the hunt for tips to pull off an eclectic decorating style, then look no further.

Colour

Colour

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Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to an eclectic sense of interior style, you don’t need to utilise every shade in the rainbow. The key is to pick one colour and work it throughout the room. For example, if you have a bold green sofa, yes feel free to paint the walls a rich ink blue, but inject the same green tones in artwork, cushions, decorative items etc. Larger spaces such as the walls and sofa are the perfect colour-blocking backdrop to smaller prints and patterns on soft furnishings. Finally, as you’re moving through the house, bring the same tones in again and again to create a cohesive look from top to bottom.

Greenery

Greenery 

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Would an eclectic boho space be complete without the addition of various forms of plant life? Creating an urban oasis is a sure-fire way of softening more masculine pieces of industrial furniture, and by adding plant pots in an array of metallics, pinks and patterns, it will make the green shade pop even more. Look for low maintenance indoor plants such as fiddle fig leaf trees, snake plants, string of pearls, succulents and peace lilies.

Collectables

Collectables

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Although filling every space in the room isn’t necessary, do make sure you’re able to showcase collectables, treasures you’ve picked up from holiday, memorabilia and items of interest, on sideboards, console tables, coffee tables and shelves. In an eclectic space, it’s about having fun and showcasing a more playful side to your personality.

To stop these areas looking cluttered, however, arrange items of a similar style in groups of three and five. For example, group travel artefacts together, while books and vintage cameras might be styled elsewhere. These interesting vignettes placed around the home create a focal point and tell the story of your home.

Unique pieces of furniture

Unique pieces of furniture

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As mentioned above, we like to steer away from the mass-produced look and offer a series of furniture designs that wouldn’t look too out of place at a Brooklyn Flea Market. Combine both modern and traditional pieces such as a leather Chesterfield with a metal locker but stick to a similar tone of wood and finish to create a more harmonious effect. We don’t like matchy-matchy but remember, there’s a fine line between throwing a load of old furniture together and hoping it works. We’re going more for boho-luxe than student-pad.

Texture is king

Texture is king

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Texture adds a whole new dimension to a room by appealing to our senses. By layering varying textures, you’re able to create a memorable and interesting space. For example, vintage mirrors placed on to exposed brick alongside a mix of wooden frames and artwork on a gallery wall is a visually pleasing mix of textures. Other eclectic texture ideas include wooden cladding, plants, contrasting cushions in varying fabrics, macramé, statement lights, and unique vintage finds.

Are you a fan of eclectic interior design, or is it something you’ve struggled with executing in the past? We hope these tips help you feel a little braver when it comes to showing off your bohemian eclectic style.

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