Eclectic Decor Style Decoded

Last updated on July 3rd, 2023

If you like nothing better than to browse through home improvement websites, you are probably familiar with terms such as rustic, contemporary, modern, or vintage. While these design concepts are easy to get your head around, eclectic décor isn’t that easy.

To add to your repertoire of design styles, we would like to decode this décor style for you. So, what is eclectic décor, and how do you incorporate it into your home design? Let’s dive in and find out.

What is Eclectic Style Décor?

Eclectic design is a bit like fusion cooking. A bit of this and a bit of that. It doesn’t matter where the spices come from, as long as you can whip up a finger-licking dish. The eclectic design doesn’t follow the rule book. It allows Western design concepts to hobnob with the Eastern. It plays humble against the luxurious and lets the in-your-face style statements mingle with the staid. The result is a heady mix of contrasting styles that somehow manage to have a single voice.

So, how do you know if this style is for you? Well, if you have no gumption in pairing your casual t-shirt with a sari and sneakers, this look is right up your alley.

How to Make This Look Work

Once you follow the basic tenets of design, you can play around with various styles and cultures to give your home a unique twist. The best part of this design style is you are not shackled by concepts. There are no labels to box in your creative urge. If you are as excited as we are, let’s check out some interesting ways to bring this look home with a flourish.

Finding Perfection in Imperfection

Eclectic design fans are proud of their love for the unique. However, to make the look gel, you need to search for common ground. Like-colors are the safest way to pull off this look. If you have a play of greens and maroon going, a quirky chest or rocking chair with a traditional mirror cushion will fit right in.

Using mismatched dining chairs, or easy chairs that shout traditional in a modern setup, is one way to wing it. Or you can add funky elements such as a vibrant wall poster to match the bicycle in the corner.

How to Start

Let your essentials anchor the space. This means your bed or the sofas. For your living room, you can add a quaint corner chair, radically different from your sofa look. You can embellish this with add-ons such as old rustic chests, vintage rocking chairs, or embroidered cushions for a traditional touch. Play with contrasts, letting the glossy accents blend in with the rustic or faux fur with handwoven rustic rugs or tapestries. Take it a step at a time. You don’t want to kill the look with clutter.

Pick Up the Rhythm

If you have picked a vintage chair for your nook, try to balance the act by adding another interesting vintage piece to the décor. It can be some artwork with a glided frame or an old-world table lamp. You can also pick up the color on your wall art and introduce cushions in the same color for your sofas. And hey, don’t forget the throw rugs!

Watch the Scale!

Outsized wing chairs or a cumbersome sofa may not work with delicate furniture with legs. The sheer size will overpower the rest of the décor, killing the look. For a perfect fit, make sure you get the sizes right. A well-balanced, uniform look will allow the eyes to sweep the space, without odd pieces disturbing the fluidity. Too many styles in the mix are a strict no-no, as you will end up with a home that looks like a flea market.

Last Thoughts

Eclectic décor is arguably the most exciting design adventure. To enjoy the ride, you need to pull out all the stops and move out of your comfort zone. For tips and tricks, we are here to help. Just log in to