The dictionary defines eclectic as ‘picking out the best parts’ and this description is spot on. With this style, it’s absolutely fine to combine influences or characteristics from different interior trends or styles: it’s simply a case of picking out the best parts.
At first sight, you might think that combining a number of different styles and elements will inevitably create a messy overall impression. But provided that you take care not to cross the boundary between contrast and chaos, nothing could be further from the truth. Keep the various different combinations subtle and the overall effect will be both snug and surprising.
Carte blanche for colour
Colour is a key part of the eclectic style: in fact, you have complete carte blanche. Combine exuberant citrus shades with more modest pastels; mix up multiple shades of green; or keep it simple with a black and white base, livened up with the occasional splash of colour. Just remember one thing: with all aspects of this style, intensity is essential. Bland is simply not on the menu.
With eclectic, anything goes, but your colour palette must hang together. That’s why it’s advisable to choose no more than a handful of strong colours and motifs, as these will bring more than enough vibrancy into your room without it becoming overwhelming. A mix of finishes, from deep matte to high gloss, will add an extra dimension.