August 15, 2012

Variations of Eclectic

I have found that many folks appreciate eclectic style decor but once we start talking about it I realize that we have very different ideas of what it means..Indeed, there is a broad meaning to the term, and similarly a great deal of styles that are genuinely eclectic.  So why not take some time and identify, deconstruct, analyze and illustrate the different types of eclectic design I see in my mind, and out there in the big old world.

ec·lec·tic/               iˈklektik/

adjective: Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

First Let’s Talk about Industrial Eclectic.  Followed by some more posts illustrating modern, traditional and electric eclectic etc. Ok, not electric…just seeing if you were paying attention.

A cool modern interpretation of industrial eclectic from Apartment Therapy.  The owners Jessica and Johnathan have taken some classic mid century chairs, lighting and teak dining furniture and added over sized industrial letters. Cool.  A few stools that have an industrial edge guard the kitchen and the whole place has a youthful, playful vibe that would have read straight modern without the industrial elements. Very hip…Call this one.  Hip eclectic


Next let’s contemplate a softer side…Country eclectic. Of course country style interiors wrote the book on vintage cool functional accessories. This urban farmhouse is an example of mixing eclectic vintage elements like an old coca cola sign into an interior punctuated by cheerful painted  furnishings and softer lines. Lauren and Paul’s House Tour here.

Many eclectic interiors are home to a collector and the display of treasured items ultimately becomes the focal point.  Take a look at Sheryl Crowe’s house featured in Elle Decor. Her Kitchen is all about industrial functionality and display.


What about the  neutral side of eclectic?  Is there anything out there for the greige crowd who want a little eclecticism in their lives but not too much flash? Heck ya! Check out what Jennifer has created at the Old Painted Cottage! The addition of this cart table and some other mixed era vintage pieces results in a soft industrial eclectic interior.




So that’s a little peek into industrial eclectic. You can achieve it with accessories, furniture and, of course, architecture.

Come back again for more inspiring photos and discussion about other eclectic design styles.

If there is anything in particular you would like to see, drop me a line in the comments.

Well Looky at that! Desire to Inspire has some Industrial Goodness today too. Check it out here

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August 15, 2012


Nicole Scott