There are many possibilities for decorating your new Costa del Sol dream home. Choosing a style that you personally find inviting and homely – something that reflects that ‘you’ essence, can feel like a big task when you are abroad and unsure of what options you’ll have for decorating.
Another thing to consider is that you may well be shipping over furniture and accessories from your home country; not everybody wants the task of selling or disposing of their current possessions, especially if they have sentimental or material value.
You may even be moving to a much bigger property than your current home, so shipping over your current possessions may not necessarily fill the luxury Marbella penthouse you’ve set your heart on! Moving to another country and culture may result in you living in an entirely different style of property, so your treasured possessions may work better in your old home than your new one. This can cause a bit of a conundrum for some! So, what’s the answer?
Why not try an eclectic style?
We would say that going for an eclectic style is the most obvious solution. Eclectic style is very popular, but to achieve one that looks great in your home could actually take a fair bit of thought and creativity to pull off. There are some things to consider so that your new Costa del Sol home does not look like somebody abandoned a jumble sale in it! There are still rules to follow, so that you avoid ‘busy and distracting’ in favour of ‘complementary and unique’.
Eclectic style can be created by opting for a diverse array of patterns, fabrics and arty accessories; the latter might consist of paintings, ornaments, throws, rugs, carefully contrasting cushions, etc.
It is important to consider layout and measurements
Layout is the first and foremost consideration to pull off your eclectic style. It is not all about accessories, colours, patterns and textures; these are things to consider for sure, but they are lower down the list. It is important to get the fundamentals in place first, interior designers will tell you. If you move to Spain you need to see our properties for sale in Costa del Sol.
The positioning of the furniture will be the major contributor to comfort and an inviting feel. This means that before furniture shopping commences, you will want to assess each room and draw a rough plan of what kind of furniture will go where, and how big it might be. You may have spotted a beautiful hand-carved antique table that you think will be perfect for your dining room, but it could negate bringing over that beloved wall unit from home due to space restrictions. The wall-unit may not work elsewhere in the house either, so a tape-measure and a lot of forward planning will save you money, time and inconvenience.
An eclectically-styled room should have a ‘focal point’
Because this kind of style means a combination of different styles and diverse items, this could drag the attention all over the place and encourage a chaotic perception for the viewer. Having a focal point in the room is the best way to avoid this. This can be achieved with an element that grabs the attention, such as an ornamental fireplace, an ‘accent’ wall, or a bright and detailed ornament of a substantial size.
It is sensible to pay as much attention to usefulness of your furniture and accessories as you do the style of them. You will need to feel comfortable, and have places to put all of your belongings. Accessories can be both stylish and useful, so that you have appropriate storage as part of your eclectic look. Bookshelves, sets of tables, magazine racks, comfortable cushions and foot stools all make for comfort, utility and style all in one, if chosen well.
Some uniformity must be present to avoid visual chaos
Although variety is the hallmark of an eclectic style, you will need some level of uniformity present in order to avoid the chaotic look we mentioned. It is possible to have complementary styles in different rooms; choosing a predominant colour scheme in each room is a good way to do this, so that it unites all of the other eclectic elements in the room. A good rule of thumb would be to decide on a limit to the number of different styles per room.
Symmetry and scale should be applied to both furniture and accessories. The pieces you choose may consist of different textiles, colours and time periods; antique and modern can make wonderful combinations, and of course all these things are what makes a look ‘eclectic’; however, you should be careful to choose items with similar lines and some degree of symmetry so that organization and harmony are present.
Choosing your own unique style for your home is all part of the excitement when moving, especially to a new country. You’ll need to get the dream home part sorted first though! That’s where Paradise Marbella come in handy. With our wealth of experience in Marbella and the Costa del Sol, we’ll make sure you get the perfect home and processes run smoothly so that you can focus on the fun of making it ‘you’. Give us a call now to see how we can help!