Eclecticism derives from the Greek “eklektikos” which loosely translates to knowing to choose what’s best for the soul. The concept originally related to ancient philosophers, selective in picking out doctrines that fit their reasoning, today embraces art, architecture, religion, music and medicine among others.
The capital of Hungary, Budapest, is a good example for eclecticism in architecture. The city blends in different historical styles and is well known for its eclectic-style buildings and interiors that are a good source of inspiration and fresh ideas for interior design and home decoration.
The House of Parliament in Budapest is one of the most remarkable combinations of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance style.
An eclectic mix of styles is often reflected in fine and decorative arts. Eclecticism is a preferable approach for everyone who is not afraid of changes, likes to experiment with aesthetics and combine different styles. Mixing antique pieces with modern elements adorns each room and produces harmonious and inspiring interiors.
This is an image of the room that incorporates techniques from a diverse range of styles. Irregular black and white stripes reminiscent of a barcode create impression of the lack of precision. Adornments and touches of gold along with 1930’s chair, modern-style mirror, white fireplace and plastic rocking chair designed by Henrik Pedersen make it a truly unique interior.
Eclecticism likes to experiment with colors and shades juxtaposed in original and fresh combinations.
Eclecticism does not hold rigidly to a single style. It represents a combination of a variety of influences and its only peculiarity lies in the ability to draw on different techniques that can yield aesthetic and unique arrangements.
Its attractiveness resides in its very personal style that can be spiritual, sensual, dramatic, eccentric or colorful.