10 Elements of an Eclectic Kitchen
Eclectic kitchens can come in wildly different flavors, from homespun to far flung. Consider these 10 a sample platter.
By Rebekah Zaveloff
Eclectic is a term that is often used when a person has a hard time pinpointing his or her own style — or anyone else’s for that matter. Eclectic done right has a sense of effortless confidence, even though this is one of the hardest looks to achieve. Eclectic done wrong is somewhere between a chaotic mess and a train wreck.
Sure, it’s your house, and if you’re a total rebel and really don’t care if things work together, then by all means, go for it. But if you want to look like a rebel with a cause — you want your home to look like it’s been casually collected over time with effortless ease — here are a few things to consider. Warning: If anything that doesn’t match makes you crazy and feeling short of breath, continue at your own risk.
3. Humor and irreverence. This kitchen has it going on. And it’s a lucky space in that the dining area is part of the kitchen, so more layering with furniture pieces is possible. (With a kitchen that’s compartmentalized away from the rest of the house, it’s tougher to achieve this level of mixing.)
This is the sort of space that’s fun to analyze. You’ve got modern tile and cabinets mixed with a traditional chandelier and dining table. There’s more contrast created by the modern chairs and lacquered red console, and humor added with the yellow striped ceiling. Not only does this room masterfully mix periods and styles, it also has a handle on color that few have.