A note: I made some little changes to the blog. Archive pages now display whole posts instead of excerpts, which I feel is more user-friendly. I also added “Explore Your Style” and “Browse By Room” sections to the sidebar. Browse By Room is nothing new but posts organized by style is brand new and not totally fleshed out yet. Only styles I actually blog about are included. Those are the best ones anyway, right? Let me know if you have any thoughts on my updates!
There are many styles of interior design that I like. I’ve always been drawn to Scandinavian, I’m often enamored with simplistic zen spaces, I dabble in a little sophisticated traditionalism from time to time, etc. Although there is quite a variety of styles that I can get down with, there’s no question that the one word that consistently describes my most favorite spaces is “eclectic”.
Of course, this is a bit of a puzzlement because the word eclectic literally means “not following any one system [or style] but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all [styles].” With such a vague definition, the eclectic style could mean two completely different things to two different people. Her eclecticism could mean a combination of Victorian and Country influences while his might mean the mixing of Mid-Century Modern with Southwestern vibes.
To better hone in on what exactly “eclectic” means to me I would add adjectives like colorful, feminine, and quirky. Definitely a little quirky. Pattern-mixing, brass, pops of pink, animal figurines… all muddled together in a playful combination of Mid-Century Mod, Scandi, and Ethnic with a dash of traditional.
Have you ever taken a moment to really try to identify your style? Do you fit into one or two of the major types? Maybe you know what you like but you have no idea if there’s a term for it. I’d love to chat with you guys about this in the comments. :)