Eclectic decorating explained: How to use the eclectic style at home

by Edite Calabrese 09/14/2022

Eclectic decorating is based upon mixing elements from other design styles into a cohesive aesthetic. This style combines pieces with different, colors, materials, styles and origins into a unique and comfortable space. If you're interested in finding ways to add the eclectic style into your home, here are some basic tips and ideas to inspire you:

Mixed patterns & materials

To achieve a perfect eclectic design, avoid too many matching pieces. The more different patterns and materials you have in the same space will make the design dynamic, exciting and comfortable. Try layering stripes of different sizes, geometric motif and florals. Mixing materials is also key, such as combining furnishings and accessories made of wicker, polished wood, leather, thick weaves and metallic accents.

Global influences

The eclectic style is perfect for those who love travel and exploration. One of the primary concepts guiding the style is the idea of a "collection" created throughout your life. Therefore, collecting and combining items and furnishings with global influences is a great way to bring the style to any space. To start simply, try displaying one or several world maps as wall art.

New & old

It's common to mix both vintage and newer pieces in an eclectic style space. By doing so, you can further develop the "collection" feeling in the room. Larger vintage pieces like tables, beds and sofas make perfect focal points, but you can also start small with decorative objects, light fixtures and accent tables.

Casual & comfortable

Finally, a crucial element to remember when designing an eclectic space is to keep it casual. This concept applies to both your choice of pieces and the layout of the room. Avoid formal sitting areas and instead arrange furniture in an inviting way. While your eclectic space doesn't need to be messy, combining furniture placement and decor in a comfortably imperfect way should be your priority.

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Edite Calabrese

A veteran in the real estate industry with nearly 30 years expertise and consistent membership in the Multi-Million-Dollar Club combined with her ASP Home Stager and Re-Designer credentials assures that her clients get the advantage of vast knowledge, seasoned experience and proven results, all geared to creating beautiful spaces, which form a connection with the right buyer producing the highest and best offer.