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Eclectic pairings the new look in home style
Published 10:55 am, Thursday, November 14, 2013
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watches Just when you thought it was finally time to trash your grandmother's yellow boudoir chair, think again. According to the latest design trend, you can now consider bringing it into the fold, or at least the living room.
best replica watches What's trending now in the world of interior design is something that home furnishings brand Ethan Allen has coined "The New Eclecticism," and it's a broad movement that will put more people at ease with choosing home furnishings.
fake watches "Eclecticism is mixing various styles together to create a complete look," said designer Douglas Graneto , who lives and works in Greenwich. "A one-period room or look can read a little flat. Adding pieces from different parts of your life will make it more interesting."
swiss replica watches Graneto, who participated in Ethan Allen's recent rollout of the concept at its headquarters in Danbury, said people have many more options now, and they enjoy mixing styles and expressing their personality through furnishings. "Furniture can be an emotional response," he explained. When he is shopping with clients, he watches how the client reacts. "Just changing the fabric can change how the piece works completely."
high quality swiss replica watches Designer Christina Sullivan Roughan , of Roughan Interiors in Weston, was also at the event, and she encourages people to take chances. "Homeowners shouldn't be afraid to combine different pieces together. Eclecticism is bringing in different pieces that will go with one another to match the homeowner's personality," she said. "Play with mixing old pieces and new. It's trial and error."
swiss replica watches Eclecticism, however, does not mean a free-for-all. There should be some unity within a space, and Graneto offers some basics to consider when furnishing a room.
Many people enjoy bringing an old vintage or family piece into an otherwise contemporary room, but pieces may not work until they are linked together. Graneto said one way to do that is through fabrics. "To bring disparate pieces together, consider new upholstery to link fabrics by staying in the same color family or using a similar pattern or texture on the vintage piece," he said. "The upholstery will bring it up-to-date."
If the family piece already fits in stylistically, you can make it more current or interesting by refinishing it. "A lacquer is a great way to add a chic element to an older piece of furniture."
His third suggestion is to be aware of one of the basic tenets of interior design: proportion and scale. Pieces from different eras are fine, but their proportion and scale must relate to the space and other furniture. "Obviously not everything in your attic is going to work, and proportion and scale are not as easily adjusted as altering textures and colors. Some pieces may just be out of scale with the dimensions of the space. It has to make sense as a complete room."
Roughan, who has been designing for more than 20 years, offers some tips to create eclectic interiors that work. They involve inspiration, form and function, and color and accessories.
For her, each space must have an inspiration to build upon. "It could be something as chic as a Lillian Bassman black-and-white photograph or a replica of the Hubbard Telescope," she said. "Inspiration comes from all sorts of places. Collect and inspire before committing to anything."
Once you have an inspiration piece, think about the room's function. "My aesthetic is modern/traditional, which is a combination of the old and new, very eclectic," she said. There's a lot to consider, and you have to be practical. "In a living room, I need to know how many people my client wants to seat and how many the space can provide. What kind of window treatments will be needed? Will there be a TV and should it be hidden? Should the space be more formal or casual? Do they have pets, children?"
Color is the next step. Once you have that, you can start picking fabrics and furnishing, window treatments, painting and carpets. The final step is artwork and accessories. "Imagine going to a black-tie event without the perfect earrings?" said Roughan. "Even the most beautiful interior will feel incomplete without art on the walls or a sculpture on the table."
Inspiration can come from anywhere, so peruse flea markets, eBay, antique and estate sales and retail stores.
Ellen Kilroy , who lives in Brookfield and has been an Ethan Allen designer for 13 years, gives a few examples of successful eclectic pairings.
"A traditional button-tufted sofa is perfectly at ease with contemporary art, while glass lamps and a nickel-and-glass coffee table are comfortably matched with a roll-arm sofa in a classic damask fabric," she said. "Combining styles in this way is what's new and what makes this anything but your grandmother's living room."
Which brings us back to your grandmother's chair. Maybe it will fit right in after all? It's certainly worth a try.
Deb Keiser is a freelance writer; firstname.lastname@example.org
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