Understanding Eclectic Style in Interior Design
Everything what we do, or what we have, or how we live or how we manage our life should have a reason. However, it is not necessarily that this everything should be appealing, great or liked by everyone around. People have their own tastes in doing or creating things, which may be attracted by one group of people while refused by the other. Style or design is one of those life spheres, where thoughts and tastes of the people may differ.
There is a movement in the field of art called Eclecticism. In spite of the fact that this art movement might not be recognized as a separate style in the world of design, for many people eclecticism is still perceived as a separate and distinct movement. The first person who has brought the term “eclectic” into the world is presumed to be Johan Joachim Winckelmann. This term was used for the work of Carracci, who created his painting combining classical tradition with the elements of Renaissance.
The philosophy behind the art movement, called eclectic style, is simple as this: to combine elements or particular styles from different time periods and different origins within a single project. However, it is not necessarily that mixing together that many features of such a variety of styles in some design work would look chaotic. On the contrary, eclectic style is rather harmony-like style, where different pieces of furniture, for example, have their unique places. Also, all the elements are in a thoughtful connection with the other parts of the style in the room.
Thus, making a definition for eclecticism we may say the following: eclectic style is a combination of styles in order to design an environment, which would have a great look, artistic taste, and a specific connective element, which would make the whole design look as one piece of work.
One might ponder how it is possible for such a completely different variety of things to be mixed together and still remain a one piece of the design style. Of course, a lot of efforts, thoughts, and creativity is necessary in order to make the project in eclectic style look great and at the same time logically interconnected. There is a couple of features, such as furniture, color, fabric and finish, which can make eclectic style as one amazing and completed piece of art. This art gave the world many examples of creating something extraordinary yet equally appealing to the eye of an artist and just to a passerby.
In every design work, pieces, features and constituent elements play a big role for the final result. The same is recognized in this extraordinary style. Every element in creating eclectic style is a part and connection to the whole big project. Taking interior décor as an example to illustrate the process of eclectic style creation, it is necessary to say that an artist first creates kind of a “skeleton”, which is then decorated and brought into one piece of work by means of color, fabrics and finishes. For the fabric, it is a big component to the design of eclectic style. The use of fabric creates an “eclectic look” to the whole piece of work. Color plays an important role in pulling things together in this creation. Even though the variety of colors can be used in eclectic style, it is still better to keep couple of neutral colors in order to avoid the chaotic look with the other features of the design.
The last but not the least feature, finish, is like the color giving an eclectic look to the designed environment. Further, finish similarly to a color also ties elements even better in the design. Also, it can be said that finish underlines the elements, which were not distinguished by the color. Therefore, finish plays a role of a finalizing agent in this particular art style, giving the last dot to the creation.
Decorating a room in eclectic style does not mean that the connection, which brings the harmony to the whole design, should make the look of such room boring. The harmony of colors is dissolved by the elements of furniture and vice versa, creating an attractive look to the room. An eclectic style does not harmonize different elements, taken from the variety of other styles, into one boring creation, but it rather brings into life one interesting and appealing piece of art out of that.
Therefore, eclectic style is like a “pot” that includes many different elements from the variety of styles that have exactly different beginning and appeared in the different period within the history. However, all of that bunch of elements, brought into one “melting pot” give a birth to a new, quite interesting, and worth to talk about style.
The furniture is an important element that gives a frame for the eclectic piece of art if we speak about interior design and then color, fabric and finish fill it up and make it one creative stylish work. The combination of all those different elements carries piece of knowledge, thought and creativity; therefore, it brings an amazing look to the designed in this style environment.