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7 Tips for Designing an Eclectic Bedroom That’s Curated, Not Chaotic

Eclectic style is a fun way to mix together looks and materials and create a style that’s all your own. But it can be a tricky look to ace, as eclectic design can easily turn into cluttered chaos.

At its best, eclectic interior design is a style that mixes together different time periods, home decor styles, textures, patterns, and colors—but in a way that feels harmonious, despite the contrasting elements. It’s all about creating a cohesive space. It’s also a great opportunity to let your personality shine. Eclectic spaces tend to lean a little boho—but really, there are so many ways to bring it to life.

We’ve covered how to design an eclectic living room, and today we’re tackling eclectic bedroom design! We love that you can really get creative with eclectic bedroom design and make it your own!

Ready to dive in? Here are our best tips to ace an eclectic look in your bedroom.

eclectic bedroom1. Start Simple

If you like the idea of eclectic style but don’t know if you can pull it off in your own space, our advice is this: start simple. We recommend starting with some small pops of color. Greens and blues are great in eclectic spaces and they pair really well with natural materials and textures. And you can walk them back or forward pretty easily—adding more or less depending on your comfort level.

Another easy way to do this is by incorporating botanical elements into your master bedroom. This is an approachable step into the world of pattern-mixing and color. Start simple by adding these elements through decorative accents like throw pillows and wall art. You can also add little adornments throughout your space. Choose blankets, pillows, or rugs with tassels or poms. Or mix some unexpected materials, like woven elements with metallic accents.

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2. Add Some Natural Textures

When it comes to designing an eclectic bedroom, incorporating natural textures is an absolute must. Natural texture adds a dynamic and casual vibe to your space. In bedrooms, we love starting with a solid foundation by getting a texture-forward bed—whether that’s one with caning details, with a rattan frame, or an abaca-wrapped headboard.

Natural fiber rugs also add great texture—and we also love the idea of layering rugs if you like the texture of a jute rug but also want something soft and fluffy underfoot. Use a natural fiber rug as your base, then layer a patterned area rug or a fluffy sheepskin on top! You can even bring natural textures to your walls by hanging some woven baskets and plates for a unique, textural gallery wall!

But incorporating natural textures in your eclectic bedroom doesn’t have to begin and end woven materials. Add pops of metal and glass in your lamps, planters and decorative objects for some sleek contrast to the more textural pieces in the room, like in the bedroom pictured above.

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3. Layer In Mixed Materials

Another key to eclectic bedroom design? Mixing materials. In a master bedroom, this can come to life through the mix you choose for your bedding and accent pillows, your rug, a headboard, and even your nightstand and dresser materials. It’s a simple way to create a relaxed, boho bedroom design.

Not to mention, this is an area where you can turn the eclectic dial up or down. You could keep your eclectic bedroom more cohesive and neutral, but punctuate it with some color and metallic moments, or you could punch it up with a wider array of materials but in a cohesive color palette

to unite the space. You can also do this by the wood tones you choose—either sticking with one wood tone throughout or adding in contrasting tones to your bedroom design.

In the bedroom above, we went for an ornately carved headboard to set a boho tone. Meanwhile, the nightstand is a brass and marble combo. We then layered in a leather fringe pendant, a cowhide rug layered with a colorful patterned rug, and an oversized woven wall tapestry. The modern butterfly chair in leather adds some of that soft, natural texture while adding to the boho vibe.

Bonus tip: Cowhide rugs are a perfect addition to an eclectic bedroom. And they’re also a great way to fill in an awkward nook!

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eclectic bedroom4. Create An Unexpected/Asymmetrical Layout

With eclectic bedrooms, you don’t have to go with a traditional layout. In fact, we encourage you to try something a little funky and unexpected! Going eclectic lets you break some of the traditional rules of bedroom design and go a little more casual.

In a bedroom, this might mean only having a nightstand on one side of the bed, choosing mismatched lamps, or going for an off-centered gallery wall. Even better: mix all of these elements together, like we did in the eclectic bedroom design, above! We love the trio of off-centered baskets on the wall—it’s so unexpected but really delightful. And the lamps? We went with one table lamp and one wall sconce, which somehow really works in this space. We also made use of that built-in nook as a nightstand alternative. But to keep this bedroom from feeling chaotic, we used a mix of natural materials and a consistent color palette to make it more cohesive.

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eclectic bedroom5. Try Some Wallpaper + Pattern-Mixing

An eclectic bedroom is a perfect place to make a major statement—and we love making a statement with patterned wallpaper! You could wallpaper your whole room for more of a statement, or just use it as an accent wall behind your bed.

With wallpaper, you have the opportunity to go as big or as subtle as you’d like. That’s the great thing about eclecticism—there’s a scale, and you can rev it up or turn it down, depending on what you’re most comfortable with. So, if you just want to dabble in the eclectic, go for a more subtle pattern. Or, you can go big with a bright, busy pattern like the one pictured above. In this design, the wallpaper also takes the place of wall art—so it keeps the look a bit more simple!

With eclectic room design, you can also mix patterns and colors. In other words, if you go for wallpaper, that doesn’t have to be the only pattern or color in your bedroom. Eclectic style is all about the art of power-clashing. So, don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors! Just consider varying the scale. If you go for a big, bold pattern in your wallpaper, go for a smaller pattern in your bedding and rug—or vice versa!

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6. Use High-Contrast Neutrals

Eclectic bedroom design isn’t always about bold colors and patterns. In fact, another great way to dabble in eclectic style is through the use of high-contrast neutrals. To get this look, keep your foundational furniture a bit more classic and neutral. A bed in a rich wood tone is a perfect option. Then, add in contrast with decor and upholstery. This is less risky than going for an ornate or textured bed, because you can easily swap it out if you decide it’s not for you. But if it is your jam? You can work your way out as you get more daring—perhaps swapping out a white duvet cover for something darker, or getting an accent chair with patterned upholstery. It’s a great way to flex up and down and let your personality shine!

You can see this approach come to life in the bedroom design above. It’s muted, but the mix of black and white patterns feels really energized. Gallery walls are perfect for eclectic spaces—and this one features a variety of high-contrast neutrals, but in a consistent color palette that helps it feel cohesive. The patterned lamp shade and accent pillows tie in perfectly, but the mirror and bed frames keep the look grounded.

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eclectic bedroom7. Mix Furniture Styles

Eclectic style is all about mixing different styles and elements together. And this includes mixing together different furniture styles! So, you could mix a classic nightstand with a contemporary lamp. A glam headboard with two layers of funky rugs. And maybe throw in an Art Deco mirror for good measure! The key to combining so many unexpected elements is to ground the look with a cohesive color palette.

In the design above, both furniture pieces are white, even though they’re very different styles. The orange of the throw pillows ties in with the colors in the rug, even though the patterns are totally different. And the dark wall color creates some of that high-contrast neutral vibe we mentioned above, which grounds the whole space.

Bonus tip: The mirror leaning on the nightstand is an unexpected move, but in a small bedroom it’s a great way to reflect light and give the illusion of a larger space!

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5 Ways to Mix Vintage Pieces into Modern Spaces

We love the look of mixing vintage pieces into modern interiors. Vintage pieces are a great way to infuse your space with some old-world charm and texture, and make your home feel unique and full or character.

While we know it can be a challenge to imagine a vintage steamer trunk looking great with your modern sofa, we have a few tricks that will help.

So whether you’re in the market for some antiques or have a vintage piece you simply don’t know how to make work, here are a few easy, stylish ideas for combining vintage pieces with modern furnishings in your home.

 

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1. Mix in a Little Patina

The appeal of vintage pieces often comes from their timeworn look. These signs of age give vintage pieces their signature “patina,” and can work wonderfully to warm up a room that’s predominantly white or spare.

Pair with solid hues…

To strike a visual balance of old and new. For instance, the roughness of the old steamer trunk repurposed as a coffee table in this living room, is a stylish visual counterpoint to the clean-lined leather sofa.

Pair with soft textures…

To offset the aged look of a vintage piece, especially if it’s made of weathered wood or tarnished metals. Crisp pillows, shaggy rugs, and other rich textiles will help to soften the rough-hewn look of a vintage, patinaed piece.

 

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2. Consider Classic Furniture Details

Most antique furniture was constructed using traditional techniques, and their forms often reflect that craftsmanship. Think X-bases and ornately carved table legs. These classic design elements can add an eclectic vibe to a modern space.

Combine classic details with minimal designs…

To create contrast. In this dining area the carved antique table works perfectly with the minimal design of the console and round mirror. The idea is to contrast heft with lightness to create a balanced look for your space.

Combine classic details with curvy shapes…

To take the edge off classic antiques. While carved wood pieces provide a sophisticated note to a space, they can appear solid and rigid, like the dining table above. Round accents like the hanging pendant or the curving seat of the iconic Bertoia chairs, will help create a space where modern and traditional elements collaborate rather than clash.

 

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3. Work with Mid-Century Lines

There’s no shortage of gorgeous mid-century pieces in the market these days. Among vintage designs, these clean-lined pieces are great for mixing into modern spaces.

Mix mid-century with iconic designs…

For a distinctly contemporary look with an air of design sophistication. Here, the polished vintage desk is matched with the Modernist Ghost Chair, which shares its sleek lines and simple form with the desk.

Mix mid-century with brass…

To add a little modern glimmer. Many vintage pieces sport brass hardware, so try layering your vintage piece with even more brassy accents to tie the whole look together. Additionally, brass makes for an eye-catching and warm visual contrast to polished woods.

 

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4. Add a Statement Antique

If you’re looking to make a statement, opt for an antique or vintage piece that’s rich with history. Consider them conversation pieces that will stand out from the rest of your furnishings in any room.

Balance statement antiques with big pieces…

To match the grandeur of your vintage design. What contemporary designs may lack in history, they can still make up for in bold scale and style. The grandfather clock here is balanced by the green velvet sofa and the large-scale art that’s equally eye-catching.

Balance statement antiques with gold touches…

For a way to unify the old and the new. Gold accents, such as side tables or gilded frames, can be a great way to bridge antiques and modern furnishings – they have a way of making big antiques, like this grandfather clock, feel contextualized and they add a glamorous touch to the space. Try layering a few gold pieces in between your antiques and your modern pieces to create a cohesive look.

 

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5. Go Bold with Vintage Woods

Many large vintage pieces feel especially out-of-place in modern homes because of their dark wood (not to mention those ornate carved details). When it comes to big antiques, such as storage pieces, try pairing the bold with the bold.

Pair vintage woods with bright colors…

To offset the dark wood tones. Lighter hues and textiles with patterns can be a great counterpoint to vintage furniture in dark woods. For example, the dark-wood dresser in this bedroom blends beautifully against the marbled, blue wallpaper, for a look that’s modern, playful, and easy on the eyes.

Pair vintage woods with light upholstery…

To create a space that’s equally relaxed and refined. Upholstery, even in the form of a single chair, placed alongside a vintage dark wood piece can help to ease up its strong appearance. Try bringing in side chairs in bright fabrics or a light white upholstered seat that can easily be pulled up next to a dresser or a console for the perfect visual balance.

 

With Modsy, you can create a 3D model of any piece of furniture, like your vintage credenza, and we can help incorporate it into your design, no matter what your style.

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The Naturalist’s Interior: Designing a Minimal Bohemian Living Room

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Warm, calming, and eclectic, this living room is the naturalist retreat you’ve been searching for. Come lounge around on a patterned dhurrie settee or plop down on the floor with some pillows; this space is for those of you looking for a way to satisfy your minimal and bohemian cravings.

Get the Minimal Bohemian Look:

Neutral Color Palette:

Lay the foundation of your naturalist abode with a neutral color palette. Opt for whites, beiges, and browns to create a warm and calming space.

  • We started with a coat of Decorator’s White (Benjamin Moore) to let the unique architecture of our space shine.

Natural Materials:

Incorporate natural materials to enhance your living room’s naturalist vibe. Choose pieces that use raw or unfinished materials like jute, rattan, wood, leather, stone, or shell.

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Play with Texture & Pattern:

Amp up the bohemian feel by incorporating texture and pattern. Playing with these elements will give your living room that essential eclectic charm.

  • Bring a welcome pop of pattern to your space with the Bridal Rug Settee (Wisteria). We also love the honeycomb pattern and translucent glow of Serena & Lily’s Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier made with real capiz shells.

Naturalist Living Room Collection

Naturalist Living Room Collection

Add some Natural Curiosities:

The secret sauce of this space is its perfect balance between the romantic and scientific elements. Equally charming and intriguing, these few details are essential for nailing the naturalist look.

  • We included an homage to one of the most influential naturalists, the larger than life John Muir Tribute Tree artwork (Natural Curiosities). Add a touch of natural whimsy with sculptures and small objects, like our Floating Marble Ducks (Wisteria).

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We love the idea of bringing the great outdoors into your home. As American writer, Genevieve Valentine writes, “Nature provides enough order to soothe and enough entropy to surprise,” making it the perfect interior design muse. So, if you love the boho look but not all the color, or if you like minimal spaces but find them chilly, our Naturalist collection is the “neutral territory” you’ve been seeking.

 

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Greenhouse Garden Retreat

You can eat your greenery or you can sit on it. Both have equally curative powers according to Pantone, who named this particularly leafy shade its 2017 color of the year. A symbol of new beginnings, the zesty, yellow-green hue is all about reconnecting, refreshing, rejuvenating, restoring, and pretty much any other “re-word” you can think of.

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But if this tangy green reminds you more of Kermit the Frog than a vegetable garden, you’re not alone. While not eagerly hoping on the greenery bandwagon ourselves, we tried embracing the color for its symbolic, rather than purely aesthetic value.

Amid our current tumultuous social and political climate, Pantone chose greenery as a means to encourage “green” ways of thinking and living. Pantone suggests that the shade can inspire us to reconnect with nature as we disconnect with technology and promote green ways of thinking in respect to such things as design, energy, and even diet for the coming year. Kale yeah!

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At Modsy we know that our environments shape our experiences, so we are taking a stab at incorporating some greenery into our domain. So if you can’t swing a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Airbnb’s Outside In London loft, we invite you to relax and photosynthesize inside our greenhouse garden retreat.

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The Artful Mix: An Exploration of Collected Living

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From our furniture, to our fridge magnets, to the knick-knacks displayed on our coffee tables, our homes are full of the objects that tell the stories of who we are. Displaying such collected objects is at the heart of this living space. We’ve combined minimal styling with an eclectic assortment of statement and storied pieces. We call it the “Artful Mix;” it’s a space that works, no matter how you mix and match it.

The act of collecting is almost a universal practice. The stuff we surround ourselves with communicates information about who we are and what we like. Our homes, as private retreats and places to gather with friends and family, are highly personal and it makes sense that we would want to fill them with objects that tell our stories.

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The impulse to collect and display is nothing new. In Western history, we can trace this idea back to the Ancient Romans, who amassed paintings and sculptures from the territories under their influence. These collections functioned as “idea banks” for their own artistic production as well as showcasing the reach of their influence.

The idea of collecting as a basis for inspiration was re-articulated in the Renaissance in the form of the studiolo. In the 15th century the studiolo, or “cabinet of curiosities,” became a staple of Renaissance princely life. Studiolos were small rooms in the homes of wealthy Europeans full of collected treasures such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, and specimens of the natural world. Conceived of as private places of study and contemplation, studiolos and their contents were a mark of their owners’ wealth and intellect.

The artist’s studio is a more modern manifestation of the collected space. Beginning in the late 18th century, the artist’s personal collection of art and objects took on importance as an outward illumination of his or her creative genius. Pablo Picasso, for example, was somewhat of a hoarder and his studio was home to a collection of art, sculpture, and found objects. As eclectic as they are personal, the artist’s studio is a private spaces for inspiration, and we see the intimate ambience of the renaissance studiolo reinterpreted to suit this modern setting.

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As the artifacts in a Renaissance studiolo evidenced the “well collected” minds of their princely curators, and in the same way the inner workings of the Artist’s genius are displayed in his or her studio, our personal collections of objects map the stories of who we are. The Artful Mix, and this impulse to collect has trickled down through time, and now serves as a means of self-expression within our homes.

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You don’t have to be a world-traveler, artist, or curator to master the art of the mix. The same motivation is at work behind collecting fine wines, old books, and even souvenir snow globes. But if you need a little help jump-starting your collection, we put together a group of products that look great anyway you mix and match them.

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The Eclectic Minimal Living Room Collection

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Modsy Collections: The Rustic Traveler

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This Modsy collection is for the curator, the collector, the flea market connoisseur—that person who loves to fill their space with one-of-a-kind objects that reflect the places they’ve been and their unique tastes. The rustic wood and leather furniture blend nicely with the more eclectic accessories to add warmth and comfort to the space.

Create a bold focal point in a room with a gallery wall that combines your favorite prints, paintings, sculptures, and mirrors. Have some fun playing with different color and pattern combinations!

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Bar carts aren’t just for booze anymore. A beautiful cart like this one can be the perfect way to showcase some of your favorite objects. Try accessorizing with a few books, lamps, candles, or succulents!


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Remi Bookcase
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Kati Accent Table
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Efflorescent Rug
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