The designer in me has a split personality—half eclectic and half, well, I am not sure that I can put my thumb on it right now because my style, well, it’s always changing. I’m feeling a little classic lately. What’s that about?
Here are three eclectic living rooms that I find charming.
Next, the work of Design Manifest . Check out their blog for more where this came from, such nice work.
Last but not least, Joy Cho’s house. I first saw her house in Anthology Magazine and have since seen it a zillion places, including Emily Henderson’s blog. I am crazy about her gold + white wallpaper. I used it in a client’s bathroom. Turned out wonderfully.
Speaking of Emily Henderson, I love her living room. Don’t you?
Sometimes eclectic is assumed to be mix and match but there’s a method to the madness.
Here are three tips:
- Keep it in neutral. If you want your eclectic style to take off, start out in neutral. White walls leave room for your accessories to steal the show.
- Anchor down. Use color in a larger piece of furniture or a rug to pull the eye down and anchor your artwork and collected pieces. Otherwise everything just feels as if it’s floating along rather than part of a big picture.
- Pull it together. Whether it’s a pattern, shape, texture, finish or color—having one common thread that moves throughout the room will make sense of your collection. So if you like geometric patterns, use them on a pillow, in a piece of art on the wall and again on the rug. If high-gloss finishes are your thing then use them on a few frames and your coffee or side tables.
Here’s a bonus:
While I was working on this post I listened to My Name Is You on Spotify. Their new record The Fortunate Ones is lovely. It’s very good work music + travel music + cooking-in-your-kitchen music.
I particularly like the song Bark + Bite. The lyrics “If I asked for all of your help would you give it to me?” grabbed my attention.
Isn’t it hard to ask for help sometimes?