What is Eclectic Interior Design?
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the word ‘eclectic’ refers to a style that is “composed of elements drawn from various sources”. What does it mean when applied to interior design then?
Eclectic interior design is exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a design style that combines different decor schemes from some of the top interior design trends together and draws inspiration from several kinds of aesthetic.
Eclectic interior design doesn’t fit neatly into any particular category. Instead, it’s an exciting patchwork of your favourite interior design styles rolled into one beautiful home.
This design philosophy can come off sounding chaotic – but a successful interior design should unify the different elements to form a cohesive design.
Eclectic interior design doesn’t have to be all about over-the-top maximalism. It can be a subtler interpretation that retains a mixture of textures, patterns and different elements.
A successful eclectic interior design should bring out the best in every part of the design. It’s perfect for indecisive homeowners who can’t choose between their favourite interior design styles.
For those interested in other interior design styles that combine different genres together to form a hybrid style, do check out our articles on Hybrid Contemporary Interior Design and Hybrid Modern Interior Design.
Examples of Eclectic Interior Design Homes
1. The Bund (Bishan Park)
The combination of sleek marble flooring and wide reflective glass panels help to make the space look bright and spacious. This light colour scheme is balanced out by dark brown and black furnishings that add weight to the room while keeping things classy and sophisticated.
Overall, the balance between dark furnishings and light surfaces helps to create a cohesive and stunning commercial space. The consistent colour palette also helps to prevent the room from looking overly chaotic or disorganised. However, it still retains its unique individuality and design.
2. 277 Tampines Street
This fun and bright eclectic-themed apartment, designed by Fifth Avenue Interior Design, shows us that utilising a variety of colours the right way can help to create an exciting and lively home without looking like a disco club gone wrong.
The exposed black pipes add an industrial touch to the design. It is a subtle decorative element that helps to balance out the brighter furnishings in the living room.
The LED neon pink sign affectionately quotes a phrase we all know very well – ‘Que sera, sera’. It is a bold decoration that brightens up the room and acts as a focal point of the living area.
That is not to say of the innovative magnetic rack, which is a great kitchen space-saving hack. It acts as both a decorative element and a place to store your kitchen appliances. The kitchen is loud enough as is, but the decorative red lanterns also add a subtle Japanese touch without appearing overly excessive.
Even the washroom is consistent in the eclectic design theme. The black geometric-shaped showerhead and cement-like walls are once again reminiscent of industrial interior design.
The dark colours are complemented by the boldly patterned hexagonal tiles that only cover half the wall – a smart design choice that adds just personality without overcrowding the room.
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In contrast, the bedroom takes on a darker colour scheme and subtler furnishings to create a calm and restful space.
Despite its contrast with the much brighter living room, the bedroom is no less striking in its appearance. The grey textured wall adds a unique touch to the room without looking overly messy or disordered.
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3. Tampines 4-Room HDB BTO
However, instead of looking like a mishmash of different interior design styles, this home nevertheless remains cohesive and stylish.
The living room is modern and sophisticated, with a grey colour scheme that adds depth and weight to the space without making it overly dark or gloomy.
The use of warm lighting helps to a sense of warmth to the room and maintain a cosy and inviting ambience despite the darker colour scheme. This is complemented by the contemporary-style inspired tabletop that adds texture to the room and keeps the interior design surprising at every turn.
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The kitchen offers a break from the modernistic living area with a lighter colour scheme and a unique tiled wall that adds extra layers of texture and colour to the home. The light wooden cabinets help to make the space look brighter while maintaining a cohesive design.
There tends to be a lot going on when it comes to eclectic interior design. A consistent colour scheme and the right amount of balance between the various styles is the key to a cohesive and well-designed home.
For those who are inspired by this gallery and would like to see other more ‘maximalist’ interior designs, do take a look at our article on Contemporary interior design, which tends to feature more embellishments and colours.
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