Eclectic Kitchens

Create an eclectic kitchen style by taking your design cues from a variety of sources.

Kitchen Dining and Island

Kitchen Dining and Island

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
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There's an infinite variety of ways to design an eclectic kitchen. That's because the eclectic kitchen incorporates a broad mix of ideas and style from a wide range of sources—of which no two are the same.

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Eclectic kitchens can use a number of different color and texture combinations, such as muted walls with robin's-egg blue cabinets, a subway tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances or a small kitchen island topped with stainless steel. Eclectic kitchens are often fun and whimsical, and they can include any number of colors, textures and materials.

For example, you might find an eclectic kitchen design based on the pattern of a white-and-tangerine chevron-style backsplash. From there, designers might choose dark wood cabinetry and simple white countertops, making the backsplash the main focal point. In this case, everything else could be subdued while the backsplash represents the eclectic design element.

The key to creating an eclectic design is to be sure you do not overdo anything. Base your design on an interesting pattern or color choice, and then add in other, more subdued elements. That way, the design is more spunky than freakish, and the overall feel will be cheerful rather than overwhelming.

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