Minimalism vs. Eclectic
[:en]Taking a look at current interior design trends, we can notice two significant ones, extremely different, yet perfectly coexisting in the present. We are talking here about minimalism and eclectic styles.
Although, they reflect totally different attitudes, or maybe that is the reason why minimalism and eclectic styles remain present in the very important segment of “public” We tried here to identify their main characteristics and, therefore, the reasons why these two styles are chosen instead of others.
Minimalism, a Japanese-inspired style, is defined as a pure and balanced style. Yet, this does not mean it is mainly reserved to those pure of heart and balanced people, but to those who tend to go towards this type of environment, those who wish to obtain a space where they find quiteness, where they can relax, a place that is relieved by the pressure of an overloaded space.
Minimalism is simple while being in the same time functional. It is the style that aims to obtain the maximum of effect with the minimum of resources. Therefore, minimalism goes towards symmetry and simplicity to create an efficient space, less stressful, pressing environment, but offers also all comforts of living space.
Minimalism generally means not only an airy space, but a simple color palette. Typically, neutral bright colors open up the space and make it look more generous.
Bright colors can be added as well, but it is preferred to be used as accents which help the space by bringing life to it, saved from monotony and uniformity.
Minimalist design has the power to bring to light the architecture of the space. For this style to achieve its purpose, it is important that in the making of it to be used quality materials and to make sure that the finishes and last details are in the same range of quality. Otherwise, by missing out on these aspects, the space might come as cheap, shabby, and unreliable.
If minimalism fits to those in the search of quietness and simplicity, eclectism is for those who define comfort through abundance. These are, usually, the ones who feel the need of more options in the same times and they feel uncomfortable in the position of choosing. Those with appetite for eclecticism probably get more security and dynamism by adding more colors and different details, all equally striking.
What is eclectism? It is a movements both present in art and design, with its background in a simple idea, but with a powerful aesthetic effect. The ecletic style in interior design is defined by the combination, in one space, of more objects or specific styles based in different historical moments or origins.
The unique combination that defines eclectism should not be seen as an overall ensemble which lacks sense or that is easy to create by simply and randomly adding elements otherwise disparate. As a style, eclectism requires a controlled joining of objects, a well-searched effect and maybe, that is why, despite appearances, eclectic interior design is one of the hardest to create.
Despite their different stakes, both styles, minimalism and eclectism, require effort and creativity, without which, just by simply checking their characteristics in an interior design project can hardly guarantee the desired effect, perhaps on the contrary.
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