"The blend of styles and mixing of elements from different time periods."
When Eclectic applies to the design world it means a blend of styles of furnishings. This meaning you like a bit of this, and a bit of that. Eclectic interior design is considered when you can’t choose one style and enjoy many styles. These rooms should feature pieces with some commonalities to create harmony within the design. ~A planned design. No need to be boring but a controlled contrast, fabrics should harmonize. A shared component to tie everything together. When combining various furnishings, they should relate to each other in color, pattern, scale, texture, finish, or shape.
You may have inherited furnishings from family or enjoy many different styles. It doesn't matter if you prefer modern, country, contemporary or traditional ~eclecticism can be applied successfully. Accomplish an eclectic style that is uniquely your own.
If you are looking to blend your furnishings and unite your style the easiest and most cost effective way to bring cohesion to a variety of furnishings is to use paint. Painting different styles of furniture in the same color or tone, you bring unity to the space. This keeps any one piece from standing out as different! Another way to bring unity is with fabric. A Slipcover in the same fabric can make a traditional chair and a contemporary sofa with straight lines work quite well together. Coordinating fabrics in curtains and pillows will also bring a sense of unity to your room.
Eclectic style is about mixing rather than matching... combining! A highly individualized style and is easily changed. There are no strict rules for decorating in an eclectic style, be creative and achieve a look that is fresh and like no other!