Recently I came across a photo that seemed familiar-
I immediately thought, “What did she do to her hair and she certainly got more stuff?” See, I thought this was the Bluebird blog living room. But it’s not. It’s the home of the blogging family behind New Darlings. But my mistake is understandable because here’s what the Bluebird living room looks like-
But back to New Darlings-
They seem almost interchangeable, no? Same couch. Same “War is Over!” poster. Similar rug. Similar sideboard. Similar side chair. Similar plants. Similar marble top tables.
I will never understand the sort of “scorched earth” decorating that consists of throwing out all your current possessions for the sake of the most trendy decor. And, it seems to me, that so closely following trends like this make your house not a home, but a blank slate. Anyone could live in either living room. Remove the people and is there any difference? In other words, where’s the personality, who are the people who live in these homes? Because I can’t tell who they are or what they love except the latest decorating fad.
Which brings me to eclecticism. At the worst, eclectic decor is a mishmash, at best it’s a carefully curated (though I hate the word curated used in this context) collection of beloved objects.
As stated by the above infographic, eclectic style consists of “vintage pieces, bright colors, pieces from all different styles, contemporary offbeat items (dare I say another word that annoys me- whimsical), mixed motifs, generous accessories.”
What I love about eclectic decor is you could choose a piece from every single style above and pull it all together in eclectic. And the things you gather and use can, and will likely be, things you already have or already love. But let some pictures do the talking:
Some eclectic decor is quite bold, bright, and borderline busy-
While some is more subtle with neutral color palettes-
And eclectic is slated to be the next big decorating trend-
And in an September 2016 New York Times article, two design professionals called it, too, when asked, “What’s the next big decor trend?”-
JILL SINGER: “Eclecticism, modern bohemian or the dark pastel Scandinavian palette. Those are all so in right now. I look at our own Instagram and there’s so much light pink. I think, ‘I want something crazy and colorful.’”
DAVID ALHADEFF: “Right now the best work I see is eclectic. It doesn’t leave out midcentury, but it leaves out those iconic duplicated elements that are so easy. What you see now is, ‘I bought this midcentury home, but here’s what I did to modernize it, to change it.’ That can give us some hope.”
I’ll be exploring eclectic decor this year- how to do it, what I’ve done, what I plan to do, and how best to incorporate your own beloved objects and finds into an eclectic plan.