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A Beginners’ Guide to Eclectic Style: 8 Tips for Designing an Eclectic Living Room

Eclectic style is a trendy look that’s all about mixing different elements together. But what does eclectic mean really? In home design, it often looks like mixing different time periods, decor styles, textures, colors, and patterns together. But, at its best, eclectic styles shouldn’t feel chaotic. Rather, eclectic style is about finding harmony in diverse and contrasting styles to create a cohesive space.

We love that eclectic spaces show the personality of the person who lives there and leaves so much room for individual creativity. If you’re a lover of all things boho, we’re here to help you tackle designing an eclectic space—and today, we’re focusing on eclectic living rooms! As one of the main spaces in your home, it can feel intimidating to try a design style that’s a bit out-of-the-box. But you don’t have to stress. Keep reading for eight tips for designing eclectic living rooms!

 eclectic living room1. Combine Furniture in Different Styles

Unlike other interior design styles, eclectic design is all about mixing furniture from different aesthetics or time periods, together in one space. So, you wouldn’t want all of your furniture to have modern lines if you’re going for an eclectic look. Rather, consider curating a mix of foundational pieces that represent different styles.

For example—using the above eclectic living room as inspiration—you could go for a traditional coffee table, minimal or modern accent chairs, a transitional sofa, and a vintage boho-style rug. This interesting mix of styles gives a sense that the space came together over time and is a unique representation of your distinct tastes. (And creates a space that is dynamic and unexpected!)

One big tip when picking out foundational, eclectic furniture: While some symmetry is nice (as seen above) you definitely want to keep it from feeling too matchy-matchy—which is the exact opposite of eclectic design.

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Eclectic Living Room2. Go High-Contrast in Your Color Palette

Creating a high-contrast space emphasizes your eclectic style, adding a cohesive and harmonious quality to your eclectic style. This might look like mixing rustic patterns, traditional furniture, and modern pieces together in one space. But what makes this unexpected mix of styles work is a strong and simple color scheme. It’s clean and high impact—a perfect way to keep an eclectic space from feeling chaotic.

In the eclectic living room above, the black and white palette balances the more delicate traditional chairs with the bold silhouette of the leather sofa, giving them equal weight. And how about that floor lamp for an unexpected pop??

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Eclectic Living Room3. Embrace Antiques and Vintage-Style Finds

Using vintage or antique pieces in your space will make your living room feel more unique and will really play up the eclectic nature of the style—like the mirror, coffee table, and vintage-inspired floor lamp, pictured above! You can make your space feel historied by collecting items with worn textures and finishes.

But, if you aren’t in an area with access to good vintage and antique finds, you can also fake it! Worn-wood finishes, vintage-treated rugs, and metals or leather pieces with a patina are great ways to give off that vintage vibe.

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Eclectic Living Room4. Take an Eclectic Approach to Styling

Don’t want to go full-out eclectic? Consider infusing your space with eclectic styling instead. One way we love to do this is by creating a gallery wall full of funky art and decor. Or even propping art on consoles and credenzas, rather than hanging them up. Both of these are less formal design elements that infuse eclectic vibes into any space. It’s a perfect way to play with some eclectic styling in even the most formal of spaces.

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Eclectic Living Room5. Play With Patterns

A classic eclectic move is to play with patterns. Consider mixing patterns across furniture and accessories, mixing both organic and geometric shapes. You can also play with scale, using a variety of both small and large patterns.

Here, strong geometric patterns are given an eclectic treatment through a playful mix of textiles—from throw pillows to wall art, and even a lampshade! But a soft black and neutral palette keeps the look cohesive, for a delightfully eclectic living room.

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Eclectic Living Room6. Invite Lots of Layers

Layering items in different shapes and textures adds dimension to a space and makes it feel warm and inviting. Think: rugs on rugs, woven wall hangings instead of prints, and layers of colors and patterns in throw pillows.

A great way to create a layered, eclectic look without it feeling cluttered is to focus on a few items that each have the right mix of color, texture, and pattern. A bold wall color sets the tone for this space, but keeping furniture in more neutral tones and opting for a mix of earth tones in the rest of the colors keeps the space clean.

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Eclectic Living Room7. Master the Material Mix

Bringing in lots of texture is another foundational element of this style. So, when creating an eclectic space, go all out with mixed materials. A mix of carved pieces, sheepskin, leather, natural textures, and pom-poms give an eclectic warmth to this space! And it adds visual intrigue for a living room that’s both dynamic and layered.

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Eclectic Living Room8. Keep Your Layout Casual

Ultimately, this style is all about making a space feel comfortable and relaxed. So, skip the symmetry and go for an unexpected, casual layout. Think about nontraditional layouts or unexpected furniture choices—like using a pouf where you would normally have a chair. Elements like this will give your living room that signature eclectic vibe.

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Minimalist Interior Design 101: How to Get the Look in Any Room

When you think of minimalist interior design, images of spare white-box rooms might immediately come to mind. But to understand the evolution of minimalist style, you’ll have to look back to the 1920s and 1930s. It was during that time when a German design school introduced the Bauhaus style, which was characterized by spare, simple decor.

From there, the style developed over the decades to include functional furniture and clean-lined objects and geometric shapes, often placed within sparse and spacious settings that featured no more than two basic colors. For a while, that became the most recognizable approach to minimalist interiors. But that’s no longer the case!

Minimalist interiors today are anything but overly stark. They range from cozy and livable spaces that are layered with woven textures and streamlined and comfy sofas and chairs to rooms that are anchored in a strong color palette and iconic mid-century designs. It makes sense and simply goes to show how the pared-down minimalist look works with virtually any style designs.

Can’t imagine how minimalism can work for you and your home? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some of our top minimalist interior design ideas that perfectly showcase the pared-down look to help inspire your own design. Read on to see the spaces and get our design tips!

Minimalist Living Rooms

Minimalist living spaces are just as big on comfort as they are design-forward. You’ll find they’re often anchored by modern seating, stylish investment pieces, and smart, airy layouts, which give them simple and cozy appeal.

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The Style: Industrial Minimal

This airy space with angular metal furnishings and accents has an unmistakable industrial influence. There’s a simplicity to the industrial minimal look, from the shapes to the layout, that make this space comfy while still having room to breathe.

The Key Elements: Slender modern seating and table, a high-pile area rug, metal light fixtures, which all add up to a balanced and clean-lined look that’s minimal with an industrial edge.

The Color Palette: Greens mixed, contrasting neutrals, and pops of black and white, which lend a simple and sophisticated vibe.

Why We Love This Look: This conversation area is playful and functional without feeling too subtle or too bold, thanks to the slender designs. And when it comes to livability, between all the seating and the plush rug, the room is comfy and soothing while still remaining stylish.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Minimalist-Maximalist

This fabulous living-room with its luxe use of velvet and style-forward furnishings is for those of you who love having a few iconic and of-the-moment design pieces. The best part is that this space is as loungey and comfy as it is captivating.

The Key Elements: Sculptural furniture, unique accent pieces, sumptuous textures, luxurious materials (velvets, hide, marble), all with distinctive shapes.

The Color Palette: Jewel tones meet neutrals, which is a bold approach to color that works especially well if you have furniture with simple lines and shapes.

Why We Love This Look: This is just the look and style if you love a luxurious space that’s also simple and chic. This gives you an elegant lounge for casual entertaining as well as a seating area where you can catch up on your favorite magazines on the weekends.

The Style: Contemporary Minimalist

Soft lines and an unfettered casual vibe make this space both cozy and contemporary. The key though is the spare layout, which provides minimalist appeal while still being warm and inviting.

The Key Elements: Deep comfy seating, storage coffee table (perfect for easy clean up after family game night), subtly patterned rugs, neutral textured pillows, simple art in light wood frames, pared-down and minimal styling.

The Color Palette: Soft neutrals and light wood tones give this space a relaxing appeal that’s beautifully calming and contemporary.

Why We Love This Look: Just because a space is minimal doesn’t mean it isn’t functional. This room is big on comfort with a massive sectional and plenty of storage space to match—which are pieces that are livable and none too precious.

Minimalist Bedrooms

Relaxing and tranquil, airy and uncomplicated, the minimalist bedroom is a modern haven. These spaces have fewer, more captivating furnishings, resulting in a space that’s light-filled and calming.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Refined Minimalist

Less is more is definitely the mantra for this style. There’s also a touch of industrial cool that comes with the look. For a refined minimalist bedroom, a statement-making bed frame is all you need to add gravitas to your space while making sure it still feels relaxed and airy.

The Key Elements: A striking bed (four-poster, canopy, or one with a stylish headboard), spacious bench, industrial light fixture, streamlined nightstands, all in a moody palette.

The Color Palette: Black and white is your foundation, then layer in accents in their natural textures and finishes. Soft gray touches (pillows, blankets, rug) work well here to add coziness.

Why We Love This Look: With a spare layout and a highly curated selection of bold furniture pieces, this bedroom style is both functional and sophisticated. There’s lots of under-bed and bedside storage, and it’s great for someone who loves a modern bedroom that’s livable and easy to maintain.

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Because mid-century modern design is known for its considered clean lines, it’s the perfect go-to style if you’re after a minimalist bedroom. Just make sure you work in those warm earthy colors, wood tones, and subtle colors to play up a light but warm vibe.

The Key Elements: A bed frame and headboard with clean lines, slim leather bench, simple light fixtures, wooden side tables, modern and abstract wall art, natural-fiber rug, crisp white bedding.

The Color Palette: Natural tones of materials paired with the brightest whites will give you a foundation to add in playful hints of unique color, like yellow, coral, and blue.

Why We Love This Look: Minimalist spaces are far from serious and sparse, and this bedroom proves that. It has all the warmth and charm of retro mid-century modern spaces, but it also pared-back just enough to feel casual and relaxing. Plus it’s got practical end tables and feels super livable with the padded headboard and bench that provide maximum streamlined comfort.

The Style: Casual-Chic Minimalist

The pared-back styling of this casual and minimal bedroom room is at once cool and laid-back. With spare furnishings and subtle pops of brass and glass accents, it’s a look that’s simple and practical.

The Key Elements: Metal bed frame, nightstands with open bases, neutral patterned rug, glass pendants, ocean-inspired art, minimal styling, tried-and-true blue-and-white color palette.

The Color Palette: The two-tone navy and white color scheme is a classic color combo that establishes an overall relaxing vibe in the room. It makes for a great base for layering on gold accents and other nautical and ocean-themed art.

Why We Love This Look: The bedroom is highly functional with a symmetrical layout here plenty of bedside storage and extra under-bed space. Hanging pendants that serve as nightlights also save space. The minimal accents and styling also plays-up an easy, livable vibe that goes perfectly with the overall minimal-nautical theme.

Minimalist Dining Rooms

When it comes to designing a minimalist dining room, streamlined furnishings and a few statement pieces are the way to go. Think chairs with clean lines and a striking chandelier.

The Style: Mid-Century Modern Minimalist

The mid-century dining table and chrome-base chairs are the centerpieces of this warm and minimalist dining room. The clean lines and warm wood tone make the sage green walls and captivating bubble chandelier pop, while the art and rug add in some color and texture.

The Key Elements: Mid-century modern dining table, contemporary dining chairs, sculptural chandelier, abstract wall art with soft colors, light-toned patterned rug, a bold but also soothing palette of green and gray.

The Color Palette: The green-gray palette is an elegant minimalist color combo in that it doesn’t need much color otherwise. The green further brightens the white doors and trims and the gray does the same to the neutral rug.

Why We Love This Look: As much as it is bold, this dining room is also highly functional with its large table and padded chairs can accommodate large groups for long meals. It’s also livable and approachable in that it nothing feels too precious.

The Style: Traditional-Chic Minimalist

This room proves that just because a room has minimal styling doesn’t mean it can’t still feel traditional. That’s at the core of our traditional-chic minimalist look, which is all about working in classic pieces with a few boldly modern designs.

The Key Elements: Minimalist furniture (streamlined white upholstered chairs, modern wood table), captivating linear light fixture, classic table lamps, contemporary abstract art, traditional rug, tall plants, a white and off-white palette.

The Color Palette: White, gray, and natural hues combine to create a warm and airy effect. Greenery also adds to the light and cozy atmosphere.

Why We Love This Look: With its symmetrical and somewhat formal layout, this dining room is minimal, practical, and inviting. It conveys a deep sense of comfort and livability in that it’s chic and formal enough for fancy dinners but also doesn’t feel stuffy or overly dressed up.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Minimalist Meets Rustic

This minimalist meets rustic look might be a little closer to what you typically imagine minimalist rooms to be. It’s got spare white walls, light textures, and just a few essential pieces and rustic and organic accents that give it tons of warmth. The bright and simple aesthetic, it’s easy to see why it’s one of our Modsy customers’ favorite styles!

The Key Elements: Modern dining table, mid-century-style chairs, contemporary pendant lights, sculptural black-and-white vessels and accents, tall greenery and plants, vintage or neutral woven rug, high-contrast palette.

The Color Palette: Black and white with a touch of deep wood tone are all you need here. Have a few graphic accents, then simply layer in a few striking plants for a bit of vibrancy.

Why We Love This Look: The natural textures in this room add warmth and texture to the minimal layout, making it functional, relaxed, and approachable. This is the best example of how minimalism can be cozy with just a few rustic touches.

Minimalist Entryways

Minimalism works seamlessly in any entryway in any home. It simply comes down to creating an airy and inviting space using bold modern designs that are both stylish and practical.

The Style: Minimalist-Maximalist

This passageway entry is a true hallmark of the Minimalist-Maximalist design trend with its striking wall color and eye-catching furniture and art. It all adds up to a space that’s as inviting as it is statement-making.

The Key Elements: Modern designs with strong forms (a painted mid-century cabinet, a design-forward chair), oversized abstract art, sculptural accents (cool metal vessels, vintage showpieces), contemporary sconces, neutral and lightly patterned rug, a captivating monochrome palette.

The Color Palette: Think monochrome, like this soothing gray-green, which works perfectly with notes of brass and black.

Why We Love This Look: The deep color of the walls helps to make this open pass-through space feel a lot warmer and it also provides a unique backdrop for the equally distinct furniture and accents. The layout and arrangement of the sculptural pieces also make this a highly functional and livable space, with the large storage console and side chair at the ready. Form meets function dreams come true!

The Style: Minimalist Meets Contemporary

If you’re after a pristine and calming entry, the minimalist meets contemporary look might be for you. It has curvilinear shapes, a soft neutral palette, and an instantly inviting vibe, making for a perfect way to set the tone to the rest of your home.

The Key Elements: Contemporary designs with minimalist forms, light woods, and upholstery, crisp white accents (a stool, bowls, vessels, vases), modern art (think drawings, photographs), and an overarching neutral palette of white and soft gray tones.

The Color Palette: Shades of white paired with airy gray tones and light woods.

Why We Love This Look: Clean-lined and comfy, the minimalist forms and contemporary color palette immediately set visitors at ease in this entryway. It’s also stylishly arranged for functionality and livability, while pared-down accessories that set a delightful first impression.

Minimalist Home Offices

Don’t make more work out of work. Keep a simple and tidy home office with a boldly minimalist design approach. In our book, that means a light, airy workspace organized with streamlined furnishings, a bright neutral palette, and lots of stylish and inspiring finishing touches.

The Style: Organic Modernism

Warm earth tones, natural materials, and modernist designs lend a homey and calming vibe to this workspace filled with attention-grabbing pieces.

The Key Elements: A striking modernist desk, mid-century-style chair, low-slung leather sofa, woven patterned rug, oversized floor lamp, natural and rustic accents, a minimalist palette of neutrals and earth tones.

The Color Palette: Rich earth tones and creamy neutrals that truly let the bold silhouettes and shapes of the furniture and accents shine.

Why We Love This Look: Balancing a soft and minimal design approach with a functional layout, this workspace sums up our Organic Modernism style. Along with the spacious desk and sumptuous sofa, this makes for a livable home office that’s both a therapeutic retreat and a haven of productivity.

The Style: Minimalist Meets Classic

Think of this as a collector’s pared-down approach to minimalism. That’s our idea of the minimalist meets classic look. It’s bold but simple, curated but airy, all of which makes this style an easy look to pull off in big and small spaces alike. Take this hallway office, which blends both traditional and modern pieces to create a practical yet perfectly tailored office corner.

The Key Elements: Spindle chair, rustic-industrial wood desk, steel display cabinet, light-hued classic rug, streamlined table lamp, modern painting, minimalist vessels and accents, a palette of bright whites, bold blacks, and natural tones.

The Color Palette: Pared-back black and white as the foundation allows you to meld styles seamlessly, from rustic to industrial to minimalist.

Why We Love This Look: Minimalist pieces are right at home in this classic office nook. The furnishings are curated and functional, the palette is simple but bold, and together it all feels comfortable and approachable.

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Ace Eclectic Style: 7 Living Rooms That do It Right

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Ever feel like your interior design preferences include a mash-up of styles? Maybe you like the clean lines of mid-century modern, but you also like the natural materials of rustic style. Or you love the causal nature of boho style but still like to keep things minimal. Perhaps you love over-the-top glam but also more reserved traditional elements. Don’t worry: these seemingly at-odds styles don’t make you crazy. They just mean there’s an eclectic nature to your preferred interior design style.

What is Eclectic Interior Design?

But wait. Let’s back up a minute. What exactly is an eclectic style? Eclectic interior design is a style that artfully mixes elements of multiple design styles into one space. It involves an informal mix of furnishings and decor and pulls from a wide variety of styles. Often, eclectic decor combines bright colors and patterns and mixes in unexpected elements.

What are the Key Elements of Eclectic Decor?

Some key elements of eclectic style? Mixing patterns and colors and materials and textures, with a nod to vintage pieces and global-inspired patterns. This look definitely tends to be more maximalist than minimal. But this mash-up of styles isn’t random—to really nail the eclectic look, you still want your space to feel cohesive. While there’s no one way to do eclectic—as you’ll see below—it tends to be a style that feels very organic and like it came together over a period of time.

7 Ways to Style an Eclectic Space

Ready to create an eclectic look in your home? From modern to classic, we’ve got looks that combine all sorts of styles in different eclectic ways. Read on to get inspired by these seven ways to embrace eclectic style in your space!

1. Modern Rustic Style

Modern Rustic is an eclectic style that mixes mid-century modern, rustic, and boho styles. The result is a look that’s very chic and approachable. This space has a clean and fresh vibe, while still offering plenty of personality.

Key Elements:

To get this modern rustic look, you’ll want to start with mid-century modern furniture and mix it with rustic materials and natural textures. While there are a lot of different colors and patterns mixed together in this space, you’ll notice that the patterns have a more organic approach—no geometric shapes or sharp lines here.

Design Tip: Layer Textiles

To really nail this look, you want to focus on layered textiles. Layers are key to eclectic style. So, pile on the pillows, layer propped art on the mantle, and even consider pulling multiple rugs into the same space and layering them! All of these layers create dimension and contrast while maintaining livability. Because livability is also key to acing eclectic style.

2. Boho Minimal Style

As the name suggests, boho minimal style is on the more minimal side of eclectic style. But, as you can see, it’s a masterful blend of casual and elevated, for a space that feels both curated and serene.

Key Elements:

With boho minimalism, you’ll notice the muted color palette, featuring a wide range of neutrals, with pops of earthy desert hues. This style also features a lot of natural materials and finishes. While this space features a good deal of patterns, the muted color palette keeps it from feeling overwhelming. So, you can layer patterns on patterns, between rugs, pillows, and wall art. With this style, much of the wall art should lean geometric or abstract.

Style Tip: Opt for a Casual Layout

To drive home this look, consider a casual layout. Eclectic style is all about the unexpected, but formal layouts feel at odds with casual style. Going for an off-center arrangement, using poufs instead of chairs, or pairing two side tables in place of a coffee table are a few creative approaches to making this space a little more casual and relaxed.

3. Glam Eclectic Style

Glam eclectic mixes all sorts of furniture styles—traditional, modern, minimal, and glam. This look is bold, even for an eclectic space. It’s just the right amount of over-the-top while staying rooted in its traditional influences.

Key Elements:

One of the keys to this look is texture. Lots of it. Think leather, velvet, marble, jute, and so much more. This mix of textures and materials gives a high-low contrast that is key to this look. You’ll also see a lot of patterns on patterns—in this space, they’re mostly found in the wide-ranging mix of throw pillows and the heavily patterned rug. The furniture shapes and materials found in this space give it a vintage feel, but the key to this look is presenting it in a fresh way—whether that’s in the colors you choose, the mix of patterns, or the wall art and decorative accents.

Style Tip: Design a Gallery Wall

A must for this look? A gallery wall. Gallery walls are a staple of eclectic style, but there are many ways to approach them. For this style, we like pushing the look with mismatched frames and approaching it with a more eclectic layout. But to keep it from feeling too random, consider unifying it around a color palette or themed subject-matter for a note of consistency and order.

4. Tropical Boho Style

Tropical boho style is vibrant and unique, and it certainly lands on the more maximalist end of eclectic. As you can see, there’s a lot going on in this look, with its loud mix of furniture styles, materials, colors, and patterns.

Key Elements:

A key element to tropical boho style is bold color. Specifically, rich jewel tones bring this style to life. And we’re not talking one accent chair in a jewel tone. We’re talking about the walls, furniture, pillows, and rugs. This look does not shy away from color! Also, key to this look is quirky accents that give the space personality—like the hanging chair or the tiger rug. It’s pieces like these that make this look so unique!

Style Tip: Load Up on Plants

To take this look to the next level, load up on the plants. A heavy dose of plants, in varying shapes, sizes, and varieties, gives a major boho vibe. Plants, along with some of the natural materials in the space, balance out some of the more glam pieces in this style.

5. Mod Collector Style

When you combine mid-century modern and eclectic, you get a style we call mod collector. Because of the eclectic edge, this style tends to be more playful and a little edgier than traditional mid-century interiors. It’s the perfect style for those who love those MCM vibes but want a space that feels a little more personal, unique, and approachable.

Key Elements:

With this style, you want to stick to the clean, timeless lines of Mid-Century Modern design. But don’t stop there. This style is all about unexpected design elements that offer pops of retro drama—like an eye-catching green sofa, that bookshelf with slanted shelf dividers, or opting for two side-by-side tables in place of a single coffee table. We also designed the space with coordinating (but not matching) chairs. Both side chairs have wood bases and black upholstery—but the completely different styles plays up the eclectic vibe, which adds a playful edge to this space.

Style Tip: Mix + Match Materials

Eclectic style is all about mixing and matching. And the mod collector style really embraces mixing materials, specifically. From velvet and marble to metal, wood, leather, and linen, combining multiple materials into one space will keep the mod vibe alive while giving it that eclectic flair.

6. California Casual Style

Classic meets modern with a decidedly eclectic twist with California casual style. This chic style captures the relaxed vibes of coastal California—featuring comfy furnishings, natural textures and materials, and bright, neutral hues.

Key Elements:

You’ll notice a classic flair to many of the decorative accents—like the mirror, sconces, and the bust on the mantel. But the mix of geometric patterns throughout the space roots this look as something more casual. A neutral color palette keeps this space from feeling too bold, and furniture with a focus on comfort keeps it approachable.

Style Tip: Add Texture

A wide mix of natural textures and materials bring this space to life and give it an eclectic vibe. From the mix of woven baskets to the woven pendant light and natural wood coffee table, the natural textures ground the style and give it some added personality.

7. Minimal Eclectic Style

Minimal eclectic style, also known as “minimalist maximalist,” plays with a minimalist’s design principles (think: “less is more”) and a maximalist’s love of patterns, luxe materials, and bold colors (AKA, “more is more”). The result? A look that is somehow both bold and subdued.

Key Elements:

This style relies on bold designs. Because of that, it also uses fewer pieces. So, while this look doesn’t have many furniture pieces or decorative objects, each piece in this space is bold, unique, and intentional. This look focuses less on a specific color palette and more on bold shapes and a luxe mix of materials.

Style Tip: Mix Furniture Styles

Since this look is focused more on shape and material than a specific design style, you can mix furniture styles to play up the eclectic nature. This space features pieces that are mod, industrial, glam, traditional, mid-century. The result? Très chic.

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Style Spotlight: 7 Ways to Nail the Discerning Collector Look

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Are you team minimalist or team eclectic? When it comes to articulating your design style, most people can easily pick a side. But it’s not always so simple! Maybe you love the clean look of minimal interiors, but are also drawn to full, lived-in spaces with a worldly feel.

Sound like you? If so, your style might actually a look that our Modsy Designers call “Discerning Collector.” A design style that combines clean lines and paired-down forms with bold accent pieces, the result is just as minimal as it is eclectic.

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1. Embrace a Minimal Color Palette

First things first, start your eclectic minimal design with a simple, paired-down color palette. This helps anchor your space and keep it from feeling to busy.

You can’t go wrong with neutrals and shades of grey – they’re easy to layer and will help give your space the minimal edge you’re looking for.

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2. Mix Up Your Materials

Eclectic spaces are all about playing with different elements and bringing them together in unexpected ways. An easy way to do this is by incorporating different materials into your design. Think leather, fabrics, marble, jute, wicker, and metals all together in one space.

Don’t be afraid to mix in a little something surprising! Swap your coffee table for two side tables, or hang your artwork off-center.

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3. Curate Accent Pieces With a Story

It’s easy to think “eclectic” and imagine a space decked from floor to ceiling with tchotchkes galore.

To put a minimalist slant on this style, adopt a curator’s eye when choosing your decorative accents. Select only the pieces that most appeal to you – a sculpture you picked up during your travels (or trip to CB2), a piece of art you love, and a unique vase. It’s all about making a bold statement in an understated way.

 

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4. Play With Texture

Add texture to your room to keep your eclectic minimal space from feeling too sparse. Pieces sporting a natural wood grain, chunky jute rugs, and wicker furniture are all great ways to give a minimal space an eclectic oomph.

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5. Lean in to Layers

Want the secret to creating a space with an eclectic, lived-in feel? It’s all about the layers.

From pillows on your sofa, to accessories on your credenza, the right combination of effortless layering is sure to give any space a signature eclectic vibe. Keep it minimal by selecting pieces within a similar color palette and not over-crowding your surface.

 

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6. Make a Splash With Pattern

Another way to add visual texture to your eclectic minimal room is by playing with patterns. Depending on your tastes you can go with a more geometric look, or maybe try an organic approach with pops of mud cloth or tie dye patterns.

If you’re feeling unsure, try incorporating patterns in just your pillows or decor. Or go bold with a patterned rug (this is one of our favorites under $500!).

 

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7. Don’t Be Afraid to Have Fun

You can always expect the unexpected in eclectic spaces, and that means it’s ok to have some fun. Embrace a little humor with decor that makes you do a double-take or a cheeky artwork that’s sure to start a conversation.

 

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