Eclectic Interior Design Ideas for a Unique Home

Today I will be sharing some eclectic interior design ideas and styling tips for your cool and hip home.

eclectic interior design ideas

To pull off the creative and fun eclectic interior design style, follow these tips and tricks I found across the web and also found from my own experience as my style of design is eclectic.

 

This playful, personal home design style shakes up conventions and bridges the gap between other looks. Here’s how to master the mix.

What it is: Eclectic style is the great equalizer. It reshuffles the rule book, mixing and matching old and new, East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet. It invites you to fill a space with objects you love and unique finds that strike your fancy. Simply put, it’s you, curated.

What it is not, however, is a free-for-all. If you toss a little of this, a little of that and a dash of the other into a room at random, it’ll look like exactly what it is: a mess. The liberty and leeway that make eclectic style so appealing can also make it tricky — you’ll need to be careful not to trip over the thin line between contrast and chaos.

Why it works: When it’s done well, eclectic décor broadcasts your confidence in your own style yet still adheres to the fundamentals of good design. You don’t have to choose between profiles or periods; there’s room for a range of favorites. Plus, isn’t it fun to feel like you’re getting away with something?

You’ll love it if… You can put together a smashing outfit from a jumble of sale-rack finds. Your iTunes mix skips from Bach to Bob Marley to the Black Keys. Matching furniture sets make you itchy. Friends tease you that you can never make up your mind. Purebreds are pretty, but mutts capture your heart.

Photo and Text credit to Houzz.com


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THE 10 DO’S AND DON’TS OF ECLECTIC STYLE

Design pros weigh in on the right things to do to bring the look together, and the common mistakes to avoid.

Eclectic style: It’s so easy to love, yet a bit trickier to achieve. To help guide your next design project, interior designer Rita Konig and mid-century modern furniture company Joybird.Com outlines the do’s and dont’s.

DO: CONSIDER LAYOUT

When planning out an eclectic style space, it’s easy to get caught up in which colors, textures, and patterns will bring the look together. However, don’t forget about placement. “I think layout is one of the most important things in a room, more than the color or the fabrics,” says Konig. “The layout of the furniture is what will make it comfortable and feel like a room you want to be in.” Before you start purchasing decor for the room, nail down where each piece of furniture will go. You may find you actually don’t have space for that quirky floor lamp or 19th-century chest.

DON’T: FORGET A FOCAL POINT

When you arrange your layout, remember: Though eclectic style does involve combining styles and periods through a wide variety of items, the curated look shouldn’t lack focus. Joybird suggests creating a focal point (or accentuating an existing one) with an eye-catching element — say, an accent wall, fireplace, or bold decorative item.

DO: CONSIDER UTILITY

As you determine the decor you’ll incorporate into your eclectic design, don’t forget that the room is meant to be lived in. “Let utility inform your decorations,” says Konig. “It is quite daunting to be faced with an empty room and have to consider the colors and fabrics you’ll use to decorate it, but utility is a great decorator. Think of how you use a room to help pull it together.” Consider baskets, bookshelves, drinks trays, and card tables. These elements lend a cozy, lived-in atmosphere to your room.

DON’T: BE INCONSISTENT

The nature of eclectic style is varied, but each room in your home should still complement the others. “Carry eclecticism throughout your home to create flow,” suggests Joybird. “Your space will look disjointed if the style changes abruptly from one room to the next.” If you decide your home is ready for an eclectic upgrade, make it a commitment that’s reflected in each room throughout the house.

DO: PICK ONE GO-TO COLOR

One color should serve as a unifying factor throughout your design. “Let color serve as the great equalizer, pulling together the overall look,” suggests Joybird. Whether your go-to color is an olive green or off-white, consistently return to it while decorating for a cohesive look.

DON’T: COMPARE HUES

When you’re picking your go-to color, don’t be tempted to sample paints on the wall, making your decision from a lineup of colors. “The colors will do weird things to each other, and it will get very confusing,” says Konig. “Paint the colors you like onto boards, then look at them in isolation.” Painted boards also come in handy for reference when you’re shopping for decor or fabrics.

DO: PRACTICE BALANCE

Make it a goal to find balance in scale and symmetry. “Similar lines create design harmony, even if the pieces are different styles, textures, or from different periods,” says Joybird. Don’t sacrifice organization for diversity.

DON’T: MISTAKE ECLECTIC FOR “ANYTHING GOES”

Styling eclectic rooms doesn’t mean tossing every rule. “There’s a very fine line between layered and collected to busy and distracting,” says Joybird. “Put a cap on the number of contrasting styles in one room to avoid things feeling random.”

DO: GIVE NEW STYLES A CHANCE

When you try a new eclectic style, and don’t like the outcome, don’t give in to the temptation to change it right away. “Wait until the room is complete and live with it for a while,” says Konig. “The things that feel like a big deal when you are first decorating a room [like an unexpectedly bright paint color] fall into the background once the space becomes filled with furniture and other items.”

DON’T: BE RESERVED

Eclectic style is characterized by a multitude of fabrics, patterns, and art items. “Home accents like rugs, paintings, objects d’art, and throw pillows are convenient ways to bring a considered mismatch into any room,” says Joybird.

Credit for above content to Elledecor.com

In my own words:

Eclectic style is so creative and original and that makes it interesting and refreshing.My own style is eclectic and I feel like I fall in love with my eclectic rooms every time I walk in because they have so much character and personality as well as functionality and nostalgia.

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4 thoughts on “Eclectic Interior Design Ideas for a Unique Home

  1. Great post Kaitlyn.

  2. Thanks Sue! I am thrilled to have you as a new member and I’m glad you enjoy the posts! Yours a great as well.

  3. Consider going to the groups page and joining my fashionistas group. You can share pics, videos, and links about your fave fashion stuff!

  4. It’s always good to mix it up. For me, I usually have to have my ideas all drawn up or put on paper. I know I can’t always get it right myself so I always look to have new ideas added and this blog has done just that. Great write-up and directions. I’ll bookmark this so I can always come back to it to see if there’s something new. Thanks

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