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What Is Eclectic Décor?

Now that (almost) everyone agrees that it's okay to mix and match décor styles we’re seeing a lot more risks being taken in interior design, but is there are a deeper meaning to eclectic decorating? If you have eclectic taste or decorate in an eclectic style, it generally means that you like to combine designs from different sources. These “sources” can be related to geography, period or style, but in the truest definition of the word it should also refer to color, texture and quality. Well, at least that’s one argument. Some designers will say there’s a specific ratio of differentiation that qualifies as eclectic design. Maybe it’s 50-50, or 60-40. Or, maybe it’s 70-20-10. But, that seems to defeat the very definition of “eclectic,” which trends more toward freedom than a formula. But, the designers’ position has one very strong thing going for it – if eclectic taste can be whatever a person says it is, then how can we distinguish it from run-of-the-mill bad décor decision-making? In fact, this is the go-to word when we’re faced with offensive décor choices. We say, “Ahhh! It’s very … eclectic.” After all, that sounds far better than, “My eyes are bleeding!” [caption id="attachment_13382" align="aligncenter" width="180"]<a title="Egyptian Chair" href="http://www.atgstores.com/accent-chairs/design-toscano-wu70259-king-tutankhamens-egyptian-throne-chair_g991455.html?isku=7651611&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13382" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-13382 " title="Egyptian Throne Chair" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/egyptianchair-300x300.jpg" alt="King Tut's Chair" width="180" height="180" /></a> "You're confusing eclectic with Egyptian, Mr. Critical."[/caption] So, what’s the right answer? The right answer hinges upon <em>intent</em> and <em>knowledge</em>. True execution in eclectic style is intentional and based on at least a basic grasp of a design goal. In other words, you purposefully used X chair because you wanted to create an overall Y look, algebraically speaking. Of course, we’re not going to tattle if you decorate according to availability and budget and choose to call it “eclectic.” Just remember to tell anyone who asks that it was your plan all along. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> welcomes you to share your opinion on eclectic style. Does it require a plan, or not?
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