Eclec­tic decor of­fers loads of de­sign op­tions

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

AN eclec­tic decor is a for­giv­ing and in­spir­ing look. This fab­u­lous din­ing room is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of an eclec­tic decor. Ex­cept for the painted chairs, there are no match­ing sets of any­thing in this room, yet it has lots of per­son­al­ity and charm. Painted and stained woods are mixed to­gether with faux skin rugs. Many time pe­ri­ods are cov­ered in this won­der­ful mix and the out­come is ap­peal­ing. The great thing about this style of decor is that is al­lows you to use what you have on hand in many cases. You may have a din­ing ta­ble that does not match your chairs but a quick coat of paint on ei­ther will be­gin your eclec­tic jour­ney. Per­haps your chairs are all dif­fer­ing styles; you have the op­tion to paint them all in one colour or you can mix things up by us­ing sev­eral colours of left­over paint. Got fab­ric? Re­cover the chair seats in a mix of great fab­ric rem­nants rather than keep them all the same. What a great prob­lem to have. Op­tions that cost lit­tle to noth­ing.

I love the vin­tage-style light fix­ture over the ta­ble. Places such as IKEA carry th­ese in­ex­pen­sive swag lamps and they really make a state­ment. Items like this are definitely worth a lit­tle in­vest­ment. Mix­ing them with a more tra­di­tional ta­ble is a great look. It gives what could be a stuffy din­ing room a youth­ful, fun vibe. You might have a dated chan­de­lier that could be painted in a dis­tressed paint colour to work in your space. Keep your mind open to pos­si­bil­i­ties as you look around your home for items to use in your new decor. The faux skin rug is a really odd ad­di­tion but it works be­cause it is the same colour as the floor­ing so it’s not scream­ing, “I don’t fit here!” The les­son here is to try things and see how they fit. Have a ze­bra-print rug? Give it a try. It might be the state­ment piece your room needs to bring it all to­gether. If you don’t have a rug but want that splash of colour on the floor, you can paint a floor can­vas in any colours or pat­terns you de­sire. For wall art your op­tions are pretty much un­lim­ited. See what you have on hand that might work in the space. Even if you have to paint the frames of old prints, con­sider do­ing so in or­der to use them in your up­dated decor. You can see in our fea­ture photo that there is a white painted mir­ror and or­nate shelf on the wall. This set prob­a­bly had a dated gold fin­ish but was toned down sim­ply by paint­ing it white. It plays off of the sim­ple win­dow treat­ment and white trim in this room. Speak­ing of win­dow treat­ments, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to run out and spend a bunch of money on new ones. Or course, there are very af­ford­able panel cur­tains on the mar­ket that might work, but don’t forget about coloured sheets, lengths of tulle (per­haps left over from a wed­ding), large silk scarves, mos­quito net­ting — the list goes on. Try some­thing dif­fer­ent. If it doesn’t work out, then you can al­ways de­fer to the store-bought pan­els with­out re­gret. The great wall colour, Du­lux Paints’ Colour of the Year called Bear Run (10BG 46/112), is an ethereal blue that ex­udes calm and peace­ful­ness. The right wall colour will ground your eclec­tic pieces and there are so many won­der­ful colours out there to choose from. Spend some time on paint man­u­fac­tur­ers’ web­sites and play with colour on­line. In some cases you can down­load your own photo onto their site and try out colours, or sim­ply choose from generic rooms they have to of­fer. It’s worth your time and ef­fort to get just the right wall colour. If you’re on a tight dec­o­rat­ing bud­get or just want an un­usual space, try mix­ing in a bunch of stuff that you have on hand and see how it goes. I don’t nec­es­sar­ily mean to clutter the space. When cre­at­ing an eclec­tic decor, less is more. Each unique piece re­quires enough room to be ap­pre­ci­ated. Paint what needs up­dat­ing and use things for pur­poses that they are not in­tended for. For ex­am­ple, you can use a stack of hard-sided vin­tage suit­cases as a side ta­ble, try us­ing an old trunk as an ot­toman or cof­fee ta­ble, re­pur­pose old cow­boy boots as planters and so on. Ev­ery­thing is fair game in the eclec­tic realm.


An ar­ray of di­verse de­sign el­e­ments, colours and an­gles blend to­gether to cre­ate this eclec­tic din­ing room. Above, Maskros pen­dant lamp from Ikea.

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