Northwest NEWS

June 15, 1998

Home & Garden

Decorating: An eclectic look for your home

   Today, people aren't afraid to mix and match materials and periods. The result: delightful, eclectic interiors that reflect a very specific sense of place. Modern eclecticism reflecting a global lifestyle might mix objects from Africa with 18th century and 1920s pieces, points of view coming from different directions, but speaking with one voice.
  
   Even window treatments reflect the trend. People are looking for comfort, charm, originality, some quirkiness and a dash of humor say decorating experts. Subtle window treatments that serve as a low-key, elegant background best enhance the eclectic look today. Soft, sheer looks in window shades without compromising on privacy and light control are ideal for today's eclectic interiors.
  
   Other ideas for clutter-free window looks: an updated Roman shade-like treatment, super energy-efficient honeycomb shades and pleated shades. For those who like today's classic mini-blinds, you can buy metal mini-blinds that have the look and feel of suede and hide the cord holes, blocking 99 percent of outside light; wood blinds have this same light-blocking feature and can be custom-colored to match your decor. Vertical blinds offer a multitude of options and basic roller shades can meet decorative needs as well; they're now available in everything from high-tech screen-like fabrics to feminine silks and jacquards.