According to MerriamWebster.com, eclectic means a selection based on which aspect is deemed best, and based on a selection of doctrines or styles. In the past, we saw aristocratic families supporting only one particular designer or a whole city following a certain trend. In the 21st century, however, eclecticism allows for a diverse variety of options, more independent thinking, and making sense of the world based on an individual’s perceptions. The same goes with finding a light fixture. Do not worry; this is not going to be sociological or ideological banter on finding furniture. In fact, these simple tips might even make you a better furniture collector.
The Joys of Diversity
Lamps are incredibly decorative and essential for any space in your home. For your desk, living room and especially the bedroom. Some people are picky about their lamps. They should be exactly the same, and they should be set at the same level and distance from the focal point. This desire for organization is nice but others are not always so keen on designing the room symmetrically. It can actually be a fun experience finding unconventional lamps and lighting fixtures for your home.
Don’t be afraid to immerse your rooms in different styles, periods, and influences. Interior design can be more of a personal expression rather than about trying to reach an ideal. We have our ideas what makes a perfect home, but for many homeowners, creating a personal imprint around the house makes it richer, more homey and more attractive.
Diverse furniture allows you to explore and travel, too. There may be a lovely set of 50′s wall lamps in the local antique store and you may find 40′s inspired ceiling fans available from your neighbor’s garage sale. Using both in your home could allow you to travel from different time periods.
Your selection of furniture is a mark of your experiences and travels, too. A carpet from Thailand, a cabinet from Japan, light fixtures from Sweden and a sofa from the Philippines – that kind of diversity really transforms the home into a lovely, personal space.
That being said, your light fixtures may or may not be influenced by emerging styles. You may be more nostalgic and prefer antique lamps and turn of the century pieces that are not only interesting, but also incredibly chic.
A Word of Caution
It’s brave to be eclectic, but there is a fine line between eclectic and becoming an antique or novelty store. Make sure that there is a common denominator with your pieces. How will a 50′s style lamp or an Art Deco chair work together? Will a minimalist sofa work well with the more ornate and luxurious lamp from Paris? It is important to study and read about furniture, about period pieces, dominant colors, and, of course, mix them up with your idea of a visually stimulating space.
Spaces like these may sometimes alienate others who prefer order and organization, but once they see how unique light fixtures suit your needs just as well as conventional lighting options, they might even consider taking their designs to an even more personal level. (Images: 1, 2, 3)