Decorating an Eclectic Bedroom

  • 01 of 08

    An Eclectic Bedroom Is a Blend of Styles

    An eclectic bedroom is a mix of styles.
    Photo courtesy of Rikki Snyder Photography

    Lots of people proclaim their decorating style to be “eclectic,” but if the term is being used to describe a haphazard room with a jumble of mismatched pieces and no clear underlying common thread, then it’s not really eclectic style, it’s just a mess. While an eclectic decorating style DOES encompass a certain lack of rules and “anything goes” vibe, when it’s done right, it also maintains control by following general guidelines and most of all, using color, shape, texture or style to tie the...MORE whole look into a harmonious setting.

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  • 02 of 08

    Mix Furniture Styles

    Different furniture styles work together in this eclectic bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

    What most defines the eclectic look is a blend of different styles combined in such a way that they complement each other, instead of clashing. Love your Art Deco dresser and your rustic bed? Smile when you see your grandma’s heirloom nightstand next to a mid-century modern armchair? Proudly display a vintage dressmaker’s form along with your country dresser? Then you understand the heart of the eclectic style – it’s fine to fill your bedroom with pieces you love, even if they aren’t traditional...MORE matches. But be aware – balance and scale are crucial in this style of decorating. Your furnishings might not come from the same decade – or even the same century – but they still need to be in the proper scale to the space and to each other.

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  • 03 of 08

    Color as Harmonizer

    Careful use of color is what makes an eclectic bedroom work.
    Photo courtesy of S. Rohde Hill Interior Design

    The number one key to creating an eclectic look that works is using color to harmonize the different elements of the room. Frequently, people who like eclectic style also like bright, bold color – in fact, many people consider “colorful” to be synonymous with “eclectic” – but though not typical, you could actually have a very eclectic bedroom in an entirely neutral color scheme. Regardless, skillful use of color is the easiest way to blend diverse decorating styles. If you love brights, keep the...MORE walls and flooring neutral to avoid sensory overload – a no-no in the bedroom. Mix and match your palette to your heart’s content, but spread your primary colors throughout the room – for example, the bedroom shown here uses hot pink on the bed and in each piece of artwork, while the bench, light fixture and artwork show off golden yellow.

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  • 04 of 08

    Common Threads

    Repeat elements throughout an eclectic bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Decoist

    The best eclectic rooms have a common thread or two that further connects the various styles of furniture. As already stated, color is the most effective way to achieve that, but you can also use a certain motif, a shape, a texture or a fabric to harmonize the space. For example, the room shown here uses shape as a common thread. Notice all of the round or curved décor: decorative plates, a round stool tucked under the bedside table, the rounded shape of the flowers on the bedspread, the curves...MORE of the shoes in the artwork over the bed and even the curved lines of the ceramic puppies and owls scattered throughout the room.

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  • 05 of 08

    Mixed Patterns

    Lots of patterns give an eclectic bedroom style.
    Photo courtesy of Homedit

    An eclectic bedroom has plenty of pattern. The key to success when mixing designs is to match at least one color throughout, and choose patterns that play well together. Generally, you’ll find that geometric shapes, stripes or dots work very well with nature motifs such as animal prints, florals, fern or leaf patterns, and bird or animal designs. But there are no hard-and-fast rules here… choose patterns you like, make sure there are a variety of scales (in other words, small designs mixed with...MORE larger designs, not all the same size) and if you get crazy with color and pattern, keep the walls white or stick with solids on the bed and window treatments.   

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  • 06 of 08

    Repurpose or Recycle

    Repurposed wood is perfect in an eclectic bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of redinfred

    An element that is very common in eclectic bedrooms, although not a definer of the style, is the use of repurposed or recycled materials. That can mean anything from furniture made from reclaimed wood (like the lovely headboard shown here from Red in Fred) to creatively repurposing a stack of suitcases into a nightstand or an old ladder into a headboard. The weathered, well-loved appearance common to many repurposed materials complements many other finishes, making these items perfect in the...MORE eclectic bedroom.

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  • 07 of 08

    Show Off Your Personality

    Have fun deorating your eclectic bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Houzz

    An eclectic room showcases the individuality of its owner, so take the opportunity to get personal. Whimsical touches, unique accents or treasured pieces collected throughout your travels are all perfect ways to reveal the real you. Don’t worry if they don’t “match” – that’s the beauty of eclecticism.

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  • 08 of 08

    Plenty of Texture

    Mixed textures add depth to the eclectic bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Katie Rosenfeld Design

    While every room needs a variety of textures to add interest and depth, an eclectic bedroom plays with texture to increase the whimsical, unique vibe of the space. Mix and match a wide range of textures, as done skillfully in the room featured here: shaggy throw pillows, mirrored surfaces, various fabrics, smooth wood and matte walls. Other ways to add texture include carpet or area rugs, distressed wood, metal (either shiny or matte) trim on furniture, heavy fabrics like velvet or denim, nubby...MORE knit fabrics, sheer curtains and painted or collaged artwork.