E is for Eclectic. A term often used when commentating on interior design.
The dictionary definition is:
1) Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles.
2) A person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
When the term is applied to an interior design scenario I think these definitions sum it up perfectly.
One of the reasons that I regard my style as fitting this description is because I like to collect things to add to my home. This inevitably means that they are collected from different eras but sit comfortably alongside one another.
An example of this is my kitchen where I have a set of three TG Green storage jars from the 70’s. These share my kitchen worktop with a 9093 Alessi kettle that is a style icon from the 80’s. Looking at them now it could be said that they share an Art Deco style with regards to the lettering on the jars and the shape of the kettle. None of these items look out of place alongside my contemporary Joules cake tins and coffee mugs.
Making It Work
For an eclectic scheme to work it is important that a common thread holds it all together. This might be a colour, an era, or a particular set of materials.
To create an eclectic style from scratch try to acquire pieces from different periods and try to have the courage to mix styles and patterns.
I actively encourage the repurposing and upcycling of pieces which, in itself, adds an element of surprise, character and originality to a home.
Over the next few months I look forward to sharing more interior styles along with some ideas on how to create and develop a personal style.