Eclectic decorating can mix atmospheric materials with old and new furnishings

Jun 2 2011

Sheer curtains work well in an eclectic style of design.
Sheer curtains work well in an eclectic style of design.
When homeowners take an eclectic approach to decorating, they often mix different textures from old and new furnishings to arrive at a look that suits them.

A recent trend to use softer, "atmospheric" materials can also be reflected in colors that have an airy, sheer quality. Soft whites, silver and blush shades are the main hues, but they can be offset by tones of charcoal for contrast.

Designers who favor the atmospheric look for textures in fabrics include voile, moire silk, slubbed wool, and decorative pieces in crystal, hammered metals, blown glass and ceramic. For instance, furniture designed by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka include clear polycarbonate pieces and soft white sectional sofas.

In window treatments, home decorators can achieve the atmospherics touch by choosing curtain fabrics in open weaves or soft sheer shades, which allow filtered light into a room. They are durable, but have an elegant look that fits the atmospherics trend.

This design approach is especially effective in areas of the home that need more light. Choosing atmospheric colors and materials will open up a room and reflect available light more widely throughout the space.
 
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