A little while back I stumbled upon a bold, pink sofa, and then I found more, and then wrote a little ditty about pink sofas here. While the pink sofa look is really not my personal style, I am still very capable of appreciate ‘most’ styles that are different of mine. Such as: Bold Eclectic Style – or at least that is what I call it. It’s mostly everything I’m not in my design style. Bold Eclectic primarily consists of a combination of rich tones, paired with pops of more vibrant color and large collections of art or personal belongings on display. Bold eclectic style is just that: Bold.
So again, really not anywhere near my typical neutral style choices, but I can totally imagine the type of person that would dig a space like this. If interior design profiling is a thing, then I’m about to do it…hold on tight. I totally can envision the person who craves a space like this as that friend who has the most vibrant personality – you know, the ones who are unabashedly themselves in every situation (but we still love them for it)? Their the ones that have a total love for random, off-the-wall things, and just HAVE to buy whatever they see that strikes their fancy. They enjoy sitting down and being surrounded by all their collections, each that has a story to go with it. They throw rules out the door, and live in a world of their own in every sense of the meaning. That is the type of person I visualize loving a space like this.
Part of the beauty of bold eclectic style is that you really can’t go wrong with pulling it together, because ultimately it’s just a reflection of all things you – you go you! But, a few guidelines can go a long way in helping you to pull everything together and give your space a cohesive feeling. Here are 5 ways to help create the bold eclectic style that you want for your space:
Add Big Color
Go with rich, jewel toned fabrics on large upholstered pieces such as sofas, headboards, chairs or ottomans. Bold colors like navy blue, emerald green and magenta offer a luxurious feeling that scream ‘drama’ – making them stand out a centerpiece of the room.
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Add Small Color
Add in smaller doses of brighter colors in neon tones like hot pink, lemon yellow, and Kelly green to offset the larger dramatic pieces of furniture. These pops of color help make the space feel less formal, and create whimsy and character. Try carrying these tones throughout the space by using them in pillows, rugs, and artwork.
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Via: Design Is Mine
Display Your Collections
Incorporate your collections throughout the space, but try mixing in a variety of contrasting pieces as well. For example – you have a collection of fun animal prints to hang on the wall – try mixing in geometric or abstract prints in colors that correlate to pops of colors that you used from the above step. Or, pair unlikely items together from your collections instead of grouping the same collection together on a coffee table. Don’t be afraid to mix and match you things, unique combinations will bring interest to your collections and will keep your space from looking like a museum too.
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Mix and Match Patterns
Just how adding in pops of brighter colors add character to your space, so do the mixing and matching of patterns. Mixing and matching patters for pillows and rugs can seem like a daunting task – I like Eleni’s tips from My Paradissi on how to match pillows together. But really since this style is meant to be a bit of a hodge podge, feel free to go outside the box a bit. A fun pillow with an animal or object, or something with a favorite phrase can be fun too. As for rugs, try a something geometric, striped, or even a Persian- the biggest factor here is to either contrast your current color scheme. If you have lots of color going on, perhaps try some black and white. If you have primarily big bold patterns, see if a rug with a smaller pattern can balance this out for your eye. Really, design rules get to be thrown own the window here. A mix of patterns will make the space come alive.
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Include Statement Lighting
Do you admire all those fun bubble chandeliers or that quirky antler chandelier trend, but are unsure if you have a spot for it in you home? This is the place to put it, my friend. A small, boring light fixture placed in a room full of life and character will look like a little scolded puppy in the corner (or on the ceiling). Go with something fun and memorable, it will only enhance the quirky nature of your space.
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I think my favorite part of this style is the unique story it creates of the person living there. What is your favorite part of Bold Eclectic style?