5 Rules for Pulling off Eclectic Design

Most homeowners would say that their home is designed in an eclectic fashion. It means that they have more freedom to mix different styles and timepieces to create a look that’s personal and comfortable.
This is, by all means, fine since a home is made to be lived in and it should be a place loved by those living in it. However, there are still some rules you’ll need to follow. Otherwise, an eclectic design can become something no one wants – a mess without a sense of style or an aesthetic.

A palette

The key to finding a sense of balance and stability, while maintaining an eclectic look, is to have a color palette that will anchor the room. Once you have a set palette, you can mix and match different textures and materials. Furniture pieces of different sizes will also mix and match more smoothly if you make sure the colors work with each other.
A big part of this is to choose the right background. Large surfaces such as walls and drapes need to be in more neutral or even bland colors while the furniture and the fixtures can pop.


Empty space

If not done right, eclectic designs could get crowded and even a little busy. This can be prevented by making sure the room has a place that the eye can rest on. Empty spaces should have a calming effect and present a counterbalance to loud pieces of furniture and décor.
Some of your shelves and tables should remain open and empty. It’s both better looking and more convenient that way since you’ll always need a place to store and put things down. When it comes to artwork, some walls need to be left blank for the exact same purpose.


A central piece

A room with no clear design aesthetic should have a large central piece that can be used to ground it and to design around. These are usually leather lounge suites that take up most of the room and that are great for both entertaining guests and just having a lazy day around the house.
The suites work well with both a rustic and old-fashioned design and a more modern slick minimalistic one. Have in mind that such a large piece of furniture needs be complemented by the decoration in the same style.



The key element to an eclectic room is contrast. This can be accomplished by mixing and matching the style and the color of the furniture, but it can also be done by playing around with textures, which is often overlooked and underused.
The same rules apply as they would for any other kind of eclectic mixing and matching. The goal of the contrast is to make both textures pop and complement each other by making them more interesting and eye-catching than they would be on their own.


Don’t go overboard

In the end, having an eclectic style isn’t a license to put everything and anything in every room in the house. A general sensibility when it comes to aesthetic and style needs to be your guiding principle. When you notice that the room looks too crowded and too busy, make a change.
You don’t need to display all you got at all times. Having a stockpile of furniture and art pieces you can change can be a great way to freshen up your room without having to spend too much money.


Pulling off an eclectic design comes with its own set of rules. It’s a more liberal way to decorate but you still want the room to be comfortable and easy to maintain.



Diana Smith is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in home improvement and the latest DIY topics. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.