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In this interior design workshop article we will look at how to bring vintage elements into a scheme and combine them to achieve an eclectic look.
The term 'vintage' is commonly used to describe a group of things which share a period and style. This may be influenced by a decade or just be recognisable examples of textiles/furniture/accessories from varying periods. You don't need to invest in original pieces (unless you want to) as long as they have the appearance of being 'vintage', replicas are perfectly acceptable.
Eclectic schemes combine a variety of styles together in one. Eg. a very contemporary nickel lamp sitting next to a 50's style Eames chair. The chair adds the vintage component to the scheme and the fact that it is placed next to a contemporary piece gives the interior it's eclectic aspect.
This is why 'vintage' and 'eclectic' work so well together.
If you don't know where to start think about a specific period you like, or the period of your home. Locate vintage style pieces that fit in with this, this can be done relatively inexpensively through antique/bric a brac shops, online auctions, online or high street retailers who specialise in vintage style/shabby chic goods or interiors.
When it comes to colour you may be dictated to by elements of an existing scheme that you are unable to replace, but as 'vintage' covers such a variety of periods you can choose the pieces that fit in with your existing colour pallette. For example if you have a blue rug, you may be able to choose a 50's style vintage floral print or a traditional french toile in blue to use on cushions or you may have pink curtains, in which case cranberry glassware would be a welcome accessory.
There really are no rules when it comes to choosing furniture or accessories for this style as the name (eclectic) would suggest, mix periods and styles freely. For example, a leather chesterfield sofa would look great next to contemporary nickel side tables, with vintage french style hand painted lamp bases and traditional box pleated shades placed on them, then perhaps a contemporary minimalist style mirror placed on the wall behind the sofa to complement the tables. You could then place tapestry and silk cushions on the sofa to add another vintage element. This represents the perfect balance of different styles and periods giving you both an eclectic and vintage look.
Remember though, the key to making this look work for you is to be consistent. If you have a very minimal interior and you just put one antique piece in there it will stand out as being odd, you have to get the balance right.
Blanch, Shirley "Anything Goes - An Overview of the of the Vintage Eclectic Look and Some Tips on Achieving the Look." Anything Goes - An Overview of the of the Vintage Eclectic Look and Some Tips on Achieving the Look EzineArticles.com. http://ezinearticles.com/?Anything-Goes---An-Overview-of-the-of-the-Vintage-Eclectic-Look-and-Some-Tips-on-Achieving-the-Look&id=7525668