Aside from modern design, the single most confusing design style is the eclectic one. Many people think that eclectic is simply another word for eccentric, but eclecticism in design actually has nothing to do with quirkiness.
Instead, eclectic design is a curated combination of several different design styles. In an eclectic design, you might find a traditional Chesterfield sofa paired with mid-century chairs and a contemporary area rug. Because this design style is so complex, it is one of the most difficult to masterfully achieve. When an eclectic room comes together perfectly, interior designers call that harmony.
“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.” Rita Konig for Elle Decor
Today, Karina and I have teamed up to celebrate those designers that can put together an eclectic room seamlessly. Here are our favorite eclectic rooms, the ones that have achieved that highly coveted harmony.
Loving how the Brooklyn Home Company combines eclectic with a large airy feel to the room. Sometimes I feel with eclectic designs they don’t incorporate large windows and high ceilings. This one for me is spot on and the color work is perfect.
Celerie Kemble hit this one out of the park with the colors and furniture. If there is one of my picks that makes me want to decorate, this is the one.
Writer Leilani Marie Labong gives us a sneak peak into homeowner Simone Carillo’s eclectic style, with the color choices and the bold statement in furniture. Simple and pure eclectic is how I would describe this one.
New York based Interior Designer Alicia Cannon from AJC Design serves up traditional, mid-century and transitional elements in this jaw-dropping eclectic living room. Those perfectly placed black and white prints are the icing on the cake.
With a neutral palette as her backdrop, Atlanta based Interior Designer Melanie Turner from Melanie Turner Interiors goes to town in this apartment located at the St. Regis in Atlanta. There is no shortage of differing styles, from the French Empire inspired blue accent chair to the traditional coffee table to the contemporary drapes. And let’s not forget the elephant in the room, or should I say the ostrich, which is quite unforgettable.
From the apple red mod table to the gilded moldings, everything in this room is unexpected. To leave us deeper in thought, Paris based designer Klavs Rosenfalck throws a photographic print in the mix.
Eclectic rooms have a story to tell; these spaces have a way of making us wonder, wishing we knew just what the designer was thinking when he or she selected each piece. Eclectic design is a true dichotomy – it is a study in thinking outside of the box while simultaneously employing some semblance of restraint.
So today we celebrate those who know how to color outside the lines without crossing the line. Every designer featured here has managed to create a space that celebrates eclecticism for the unique aesthetic that it is, with the utmost style and grace.