~Tips from Hunter Douglas on How to Make It Work in Your Home~
PEARL RIVER, N.Y., June 23, 2015 – “Eclectic style has both reference to the past and to a global lifestyle, but in the final analysis, speaks with one voice,” said famed designer Vicente Wolf of Vicente Wolf Associates, Inc. in New York.
Our homes are more eclectic today than ever before, reflecting who we are and where we’ve been or shopped and all the things in between we love, but how do we make them speak with one voice and create a unique style and design environment?
Kim Kiner, Vice President of Textile & Material Design and The Alustra® Collection, Hunter Douglas, North America’s leading window fashions manufacturer, asked three new luminaries in the design world from across the country, Christina Graci of Graci Interiors in New Orleans, Lonni Paul of Lonni Paul Design in Los Angeles and Young Huh of Young Huh Interior Design in New York, just that. Here’s what they had to say:
Huh continues, “Do you want a dynamic room? Then add colors that contrast, but that have a similar level of saturation. Do you want a soothing room? Then keep colors tonal with less contrast.” If you have a good understanding of what the outcome should be, you’re starting off on the right foot. Your initial vision won’t be obscured by all the details in between.
CURATED, NOT CLUTTERED
While eclectic is defined as “deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources,” according to the Oxford Dictionary, this doesn’t mean the look will automatically work if interesting but disparate pieces are thrown together. “A simple grouping of three to five objects will have much more visual impact when placed in a prominent area of your space than an entire shelf full of a collection,” suggests Lonni Paul. You have the right to be meticulous about what will be displayed in your home, so don’t settle for an object or piece of furniture that will just add clutter and not enhance the aesthetic.
TAKE YOUR TIME
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Eclecticism isn’t about thinking within the rules and hanging on tightly to a single paradigm. Graci continues, “Brightly colored pieces, fun, bold shapes and patterns, and all sorts of proportions will help create your space. Try to think of what typically wouldn’t match or ‘go’ together instead of what should go together.” Be brave and create unique visions. While completing a room is always exciting, there’s extra satisfaction in pioneering a vision that spans typical boundaries.
BALANCING ACT – SCALE AND PROPORTION
It’s key that a room doesn’t feel overwhelming. If an item has no relationship to the rest of the space, the entire ambiance will be thrown off. “Scale and proportion are probably two of the most important principles to consider when putting a space together,” points out Paul. “One piece should not overpower other equally important pieces in the space.” In the end, you want the interior to be filled with items that draw your eye to them because they work seamlessly in an eclectic room.
KEEP IT CLEAN – AND CLASSIC
“Maintaining clean and classic lines on furnishings allows you to introduce more unique pieces of décor and art to give your room a personal touch,” Paul advises. By sticking to the basics as your core, it allows you to really have fun with designing the rest of the interior. When it comes to window treatments, “They can provide a neutral backdrop and also allow you to control the light in your space. I love Provenance® Woven Wood Shades by Hunter Douglas for their natural texture and the eclectic feeling they create,” continues Paul.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
An eclectic look is a particularly unique design style because it’s all about bringing the diverse aspects of your life and personality into one completed space. “Your home should be a collection of all things you love and a reflection of a life well lived,” says Paul. Many don’t realize personal style extends beyond the way one dresses and should be reflected in one’s living space.
BE THOUGHTFUL AT THE WINDOW
Embrace your inner eclecticism and let it show throughout your home. Use these top designer tips to make it work like the pros.
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