Ariel Emrani

Old Plus New: Eclectic Room Design

“Eclectic,” is defined as “composed of elements drawn from various sources.” Eclectic design is exactly that. It involves creating a design with elements from a range of periods and styles, along with pieces sourced from nature, such as plants, fur, stone, wood, and natural fibers. There is no one way to create an eclectic design. The room is a canvas for your imagination.

Reclaimed wood in tables, doors, accent walls, shelving, and floors can transform a space from cold and uninviting to warm and welcoming. The natural variations in color, an uneven or pitted surface, a reclaimed wooden piece used as wall art, or an antique table, chair, or other beautifully worn piece could be the perfect way to artfully update a living room, bedroom, or other space. 

Creating Harmony with a Juxtaposition of Periods and Styles

An eclectic design involves pieces from various periods, including antiques, vintage pieces, a mix of varying patterns, colors, and designs, to create an unusual, personalized room. Contrasting styles, if used judiciously, shows the hidden depths of your personality. A mix of rustic and modern can be a fresh look when the pieces are chosen with a cohesive color and pattern. If you love an eclectic look, the search is part of the game. You can find almost unlimited online resources for sourcing new pieces, space planning, and ideas from pro interior designers. 

Repeating Patterns Create Harmony

The patterns on your throws, rugs, furnishings, and wall art can work together for a look that is clean rather than cluttered. Varying textures echoing a pattern in mixed materials ranging from fibers to metal can create harmony. Balance is achieved with color and form, rather than symmetry. 

Let Your Personality Shine Through

To create an eclectic space, look at the pieces you own. Have you inherited pieces from your family that you want to add to your room design? As an eclectic design involves mixing materials, time periods, and textures, you can take your design to the limits, or go minimalist. Adding plants, natural fibers, accent pillows, throws, wall art, and rugs create a cohesive look. You can choose natural fibers and neutrals for an organic look, or full-on color with a wall in a heavily saturated color, or one of the beautiful wallpaper designs now on the market. 

The Sustainability Factor

Many people are doing what they can to protect the environment. Restoring older, vintage, or antique pieces reduces manufacturing waste. Many antique dealers offer restoration services, and you should consider a professional restoration for valuable antiques, as an incorrect refinishing technique affects resale value. You also have the option to purchase eco-friendly and fair trade items, shipped with recyclable packaging, or manufactured with reclaimed materials. Reupholstering furniture with organically produced upholstery fabrics means cleaner indoor air, a safer space for children, animals, and adults. So much to consider!

Minimalist or Maximalist?

Be daring, take chances, and go with your inherent design sense. If you love brights, use them and create a space filled with color, for a theatrical, contemporary look. Go minimalist and create a Zen-like space with neutrals and pops of color from wall art, pillows, and indoor plants. Your home is yours to create, and the journey is part of the fun!


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