Eclectic expression

Eclectic Styling –

The concept of mix-n-match styling has been with us for decades.  Every now and then it gets a new ‘funky/trending’ name like ‘texture-upon-texture’ or ‘layering’ – but, in essence, the concept is the same as it has been since the Sixties.

This free play form of expression has migrated its way into the event field as we look to new and interesting ways to combine colour, furniture, table-top accessories, stationery and general styling. 

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In return it has gifted us with a heap of possibilities as we embrace a ‘no-rules-apply’ approach to combining items and colours that appeal to us as individuals.

However, when playing around there are a few basic tips to keep in mind to create synergy with your visual styling appeal – and here we share them with you:

·         Colour repetition – while you can freely play about with the ways your colour are incorporated it is important to keep n consistent flow of colour and repeat the same tone at an alternative spot to create a rhythm.  Blue chair can meet blue baseplate and roll over to blue wine goblets but if it was kept to chair alone it would seem ‘odd’ in a space otherwise dotted with alternative colours.

·         Flow – they human eye is naturally inclined to follow lines.  It not only creats a calming tone but also lends to visual appeal as one looks from one object onto the next and then onto the third.  When keeping a colour or design isolated to a single spot one breaks that flow.  This break in flow causes the observer to ponder on the object which is causing the distraction.  Emotional reactions go hand in hand with this feeling of disturbance – feelings of an item being ‘odd’, ‘out of place’ or ‘random’. 

·         Proportion – it’s important to keep items in relation to each other.  A repetition of a certain colour receives the same amount of distraction when the proportions are not in balance to each other.  An oversized flower in an otherwise petit arrangement would seem top-heavy on the styling appeal of a table.

·         Hues – while repetition of colour is important, an overstimulation of bright hues can come across as too much while pale hues can be depressing.  (For more talk on the effect of colour on your event mood read our article XXXX).  It’s important to offset brights with neutrals to keep the colour appeal balanced and interesting.  This makes the brighter hues pop against the calmer neutrals as opposed to trying to create this effect by overindulging in bright colours which screame at you.   


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