Eclec­tic dé­cor of­fers de­sign freedom

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

THERE’S some­thing youth­ful and re­vi­tal­iz­ing about our fea­ture bath­room pho­to­graph, (courtesy of Moen). The ar­ray of fresh, cheery colours al­lows this stark white bath­room to re­ally sparkle. It re­minds me of a re­fresh­ing fruit salad.

For those start­ing out in their first home, or per­haps a dorm room, with hand-me-downs and give­aways in hand, an eclec­tic dé­cor is an ap­peal­ing and some­times nec­es­sary op­tion. Us­ing a di­verse mix of dé­cor items al­lows you to stretch your dec­o­rat­ing bud­get by us­ing what you have and top­ping off the look with in­ex­pen­sive and of­ten un­matched ac­ces­sories.

Teens and young adults who still live with fam­ily may want to up­date their room with a fresh, youth­ful, yet af­ford­able style. A di­verse dé­cor of­fers many op­tions with re­spect to mix­ing old and new along with vary­ing styles.

Renters can ben­e­fit from a sim­i­lar style of dé­cor. Even though you prob­a­bly can’t paint the walls, when you use colour­ful ac­ces­sories against a white back­drop the room will come alive. Got colour? The added bonus of an eclec­tic dé­cor is that you can re­ally have fun with colour. There are no hard-and-fast rules in an eclec­tic de­sign so colour mix­ing can be part of the creative process. Pur­chas­ing ‘one-of’ items at thrift stores, flea mar­kets, dol­lar stores and garage sales can be­come a fun and af­ford­able trea­sure hunt for colour­ful ac­ces­sories. Just look at how the sum of small, colour­ful ac­ces­sories found in our fea­ture room comes to­gether into a care­free yet co­he­sive look. Even the brown globe vase on the floor, which is an un­usual choice, works well in this set­ting. How to pull it off Fab­ric rem­nants can be used to make toss cush­ions, win­dow fash­ions and even art­work when framed. Fab­ric rem­nants are af­ford­able and are of­ten found at thrift stores for a song. You may even have cloth­ing that can be used in a sim­i­lar fash­ion. In­ex­pen­sive glass­ware of dif­fer­ent shapes and colours can be used to add sparkle to a room. Leave them empty, fill them with coloured wa­ter, beads or dec­o­ra­tive sand, or fill them with in­ex­pen­sive fake flow­ers avail­able at dol­lar stores. You can change out the flower colours on a whim be­cause they are so af­ford­able.

Small fur­ni­ture items, like the bench in our fea­ture pho­to­graph, can some­times be found at thrift stores and flea mar­kets. With a lit­tle paint th­ese items can be­come use­ful and dra­matic lit­tle ac­cents. Make your own art­work to stretch your bud­get even fur­ther. Photo frames are plen­ti­ful at thrift stores. Use them in a group­ing to frame any­thing from a swatch of great fab­ric to pic­tures from old cal­en­dars to add fo­cus to the walls. Paint the frames in one colour for con­ti­nu­ity or cre­ate an eclec­tic wall group­ing of vary­ing sizes, depths and shapes of photo frames. Add a wall clock to the mix for added in­ter­est.

Mix and match linens and din­ner­ware are usu­ally found at a good price and can go a long way to sup­port­ing your ef­forts for a di­verse dé­cor. Ta­ble set­tings us­ing two or three dish colours are unique and vis­ually in­ter­est­ing. A long fab­ric rem­nant in a bright colour can be used down the cen­ter of the ta­ble set­ting to ground the ta­ble set­ting. Putting it all to­gether With re­spect to colour, we can take a cue from the colour lay­out in our fea­ture pho­to­graph. While the colour palette is made up of five bright colours, they make sense be­cause of the place­ment of each one.

Take the pink, for ex­am­ple. The pink colour is placed in ever part of the room in­stead of all on one wall, for in­stance. The same can be said for the or­ange colour, which can be found in a hand towel, two of the flow­ers by the mir­ror and in some of the toss cush­ions. The use of a tri­an­gle place­ment of each in­di­vid­ual colour makes vis­ual sense. This tech­nique keeps the eye mov­ing around the room, which in turn, pro­vides vis­ual flow.

Even the palest colour green, is placed in a tri­an­gle with a toss cush­ion, a small green dish on the stool and a small green tray on the bench. Ground­ing the look with black ac­cents adds a sense of so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

This tech­nique is car­ried around the cor­ner where the toi­let is to in­clude this sec­tion into the over­all de­sign.

If you’re not brave enough to choose a vi­brant colour scheme like the one in our fea­ture room but like the look, con­sider tak­ing your palette from the colours in fab­ric de­sign, a paint­ing or wall­pa­per.

An ex­cit­ing dé­cor doesn’t have to break the bank or be labour in­ten­sive. Colour can brighten up even the dullest of spa­ces.

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