Both personally and professionally I have always been drawn to mixing styles when it comes to design. Thankfully the days of buying furniture from the same store or the same collection are long gone. As a designer an eclectic mix allows for greater creativity since two spaces are rarely alike. Merging different furniture pieces, time periods, colours and textures for clients ensures a more interesting and unique space that is distinctively their own.
Some of my most challenging and favourite projects have therefore involved helping
couples cohabitate for the first time. Although not always the case, opposites do tend to attract. In my experience this statement is rarely more accurate then when it comes to people’s personal style. Finding a balance between personalities, likes and dislikes allows me to play the unbiased third party in helping my clients merge their styles and establish a common ground.
I recently took on a project where a more traditional male client was anticipating the arrival of his long-term girlfriend. Their townhouse was transitional - not quite modern and not quite traditional - in style while she preferred a more modern, streamlined Scandinavian influence. This was no small task given some pre-existing antique furniture, a recently painted turquoise accent wall and the fact that Scandinavian style rarely mixes well with anything else... By following the basic principles of design – line, mass, texture, colour and form - we created a space that is creative, bold and fun. The end result is a cohesive, unique look that represents them as individuals as well as a couple.
Here are some of the essential elements of an eclectic space that we used to design their home:
Although more challenging to find the perfect balance that comes from a well designed interior, an eclectic mix of styles, time periods, colours and textures inevitably results in a space that feels more curated, inviting and unique.