Eclectic Home Decor in 2012

The biggest issue that many people face when looking for home decor to complete their space is trying to make everything “match.” While it can be nice to have matching home accessories and decor to make your space feel “pulled together,” one of the big trends for 2012 is the use of eclectic style. In other words, no “matchy-matchy.” Here’s the low down on eclectic home accessories and how to use them in your home.

Before the economic downturn, people were focused on perfection when it came to their home decor. In recent years, as the economy has finally started to come up, even if ever so slowly, people are focusing on the more important things in life and choosing to enjoy their home decor rather than stressing over having it be “perfect.” As a result, eclectic home decor has risen significantly in popularity.

Wall art in this style can reflect a variety of looks, after all, it is “eclectic.” To achieve the eclectic look, people are simply choosing to invest in wall art and wall decor that they truly love and enjoy; rather than decor that just matches their chosen (but often singular) home decor style. This means a variety of different items are getting put up next to one another on a single wall, in a single room, mixing styles for an eclectic flair. In short, there are two key tricks to eclectic wall decor: choosing pieces you love, and considering arranging them in a collage for more visual texture and interest.

When it comes to furniture, people no longer feel obligated to buy furniture sets as they are typically sold as in furniture stores. Today, people are mixing and matching their furniture, and their upholsteries. Opting for pieces they love, pieces that make them feel comfortable, pieces that are also affordable but functional and durable. With eclectic home decor, you can mix a tufted chesterfield styled sofa with a mid-century modern day bed and a traditional wrought iron coffee table and it looks surprisingly elegant and well planned, despite being multiple styles of furniture in a single space.

For other home accessories, the key focuses should be mixing and matching. Don’t be afraid to mix different styles together, as eclectic decor should be entirely based on what you love, rather than what you think looks “right.” You may find that you are drawn to a few key styles and thus, your space still seems to look pulled together despite the fact that you’ve mixed multiple decor styles. Trust yourself and the eclectic style will come naturally!

In short, the eclectic style is all about choosing items you love. While it’s true there are people out there simply decorating their home in an “eclectic style” purely to follow the trend, it’s also true that the vast majority of eclectic home decor is the result of pulling items together that the family loves; rather than just choosing things one thinks might be most on-trend.

Home Decorating Basics

Does the thought of decorating your home make you smile or frown? Do you know how to apply basic interior design ideas that will make a room look fabulous? Decorating your home is not supposed to be difficult, but it can quickly turn into a stressful event, since there are so many things to consider when planning what to do with your home. Trying to think of all these different aspects can turn a fun project into a painful task.

When applying home decorating, there are five basic ideas to focus on. These decorating basics can be extremely confusing if you don’t understand what they mean or aren’t able to relate to them. The best thing to do is keep it simple. The more simple the easier you will be able to understand and relate. Below are five basic home decorating concepts that will help you in decorating.

Balance in its simplest meaning is to arrange items equally or proportionately to be symmetrical in appearance. The idea of balance is to make things visually equal. One way to do this is to create mirror images in two halves of the room. Clever arrangements of visually weighted items and accessories that compliment each other.
Emphasis is creating an anchor in a room that is the starting point for the viewer to understand the point in the decorating. For instance, grouping things together as though they belong together.
Rhythm is the pattern of weak or strong accents that form repetition or the recurrence of the same pattern. This can be with accessories, colors, or other type of accent.
Movement is the progression of some accent that creates unity by guiding the eye around the room. A wallpaper border that circles around the entire room is an example of creating movement. When one looks at the wallpaper, they will follow it around the room.
Proportion or scale also brings unity within a room. Proportion and scale creates the proper relation between things within the room.

These five basic interior design or home decorating basics are extremely helpful when you fully understand their meaning and how they relate to decorating. When deciding how to relate these basic ideas to decorating, keep it simple. Focus on one idea at a time until you know how you want to portray that idea within your decorating. Once you get the hang of what these ideas actually look like, you can create designs that are more creative.