Sooz has used a colourful industrial vintage soda crate, on top of an antique oak chest of drawers to store old books, while the top shows small jewellery boxes, an old old and comtemporary photo frames, vase and flowers.In its simplest an eclectic style is a look that is a creative mix of contrasting elements. So it means unique and individual rather than complying with any particular style. It's a style that is currently on trend whether in high street stores to hip restaurants and bars and airport lounges. In a world of mass production we crave unique and individual living spaces. However, the trick it to get it harmonious.
Sooz's eclectic mantlepiece shows a wide variety of styles and eras. A vintage medical lamp sits next to an old India spice pot, vintage marmalade jar and fresh white flowers in old milk bottles and a wonderfuuly textured antique mirror.Carl's 5 tips for creating an eclectic interior:
- Make it personal - many notable eclectic interiors are filled with striking personal finds: gifted, inherited, bought on eBay, found in skips, collected on holiday. They all have stories to tell and a unique history. Together the combine a look can is yours. A willingness to embrace difference decorative arts and elements is essential and not a single style is essential.
- A balancing act - ensure no style, era or theme dominates your spaces. For a real harmonious look aim for equal measures of contrasting elements - both old and new. Try adding contemporary colour to traditional antique pieces. Carl and his wife Emma, chose a colourful wild exotic fruit wallpaper named ‘Pomegranate’ by Pierre Frere. In front of the wallpaper are a collection of small natural wooden boxes with small drawers.
- Changing objects - take items of their original setting and re-contextualise them. A large 1980s office clock sits next to antique chemists bottles and a corned beef packing crate on top of an bedroom armoire in Carl's kitchen.
- Evolution and not revolution - an eclectic interior should be changing all the time. Move things around, add and take away whenever you want.
- Size doesn't matter - remember there are really no rules, so put big things in small rooms and small things in big rooms to create contrasts. Carl and Emma have a large white 1980s office clock in the corner of their kitchen.