Eclectic rooms, which draw from a variety of styles, textures, colors, periods or sources, are not merely a haphazard or random collection. Building a beautiful eclectic room is perhaps the most difficult but most rewarding decorating challenge. Creating a stylish eclectic dining room comes down to trusting one's own instincts, personal history and individual aesthetic. It requires making a leap of faith and playing around with various elements in various combinations. It requires patience and time. But when done right, an eclectic room is like no other: personal, dramatic, stylish and truly unique.
If a room is composed of elements drawn from a single style (mid-century modern or whitewashed antique Swedish, for example), each individual part becomes subsumed into the whole. In an eclectic room, however, each part makes its own individual statement. But even though the parts are seemingly incongruous, there must be a "whole" — there must be a cohesive vision, a delicate interplay between color, texture, style and scale. For example, a lucite coffee table and a red velvet chair work well together for the very reasons they would not normally be paired together in a traditional furniture catalog. Rather than compete with each other, these two pieces become mutually complementary; each highlighting the other's texture, color and style.
1. Sarah & Steve's Attic Aerie. This dining room features an eclectic array of pieces, including: a custom-made by Dave Ksander; a handmade pink lamp; an inherited (Federal style?) secretary; Danish modern dining table and chairs found on Craigslist; rounded out by a purple throw and modern orange chair.
2. Pete & James's Natural Neon Loft. There is nothing predictable or matchy matchy about this room, which blends metal with wood; color with neutrality; and old with new.
3. A Bright and Beautiful Bungalow From An Ohio Trio. On some levels this is quite a traditional dining room, with it's ceiling light, curtains and wood rectangular table. Throw in the Bertoia chairs and blood red cushions and it is brought to life without being self-consciously quirky.
4. Cindy's Mid Century Portland Sunshine House Tour. What makes this room eclectic is the rug under the table, which both softens and enriches an otherwise uniformly sleek and modern scene.
5. Amy's Global Cool Dining Room. I love the DIY curtains, which are painted drop cloths, and the very personal collection of furniture, which look like they were collected carefully and gradually over time.
6. Matt's Eclectic Luxury. Quirky Ferm Living wallpaper works unexpectedly well with the glass table and chandelier.
7. Lindsay's Modern Bohemian in Silver Lake. Reclaimed wood and steel dining table from
8. William & William's Eclectic Graystone. The vintage wood table and chairs are paired with big blowsy arm chairs, an eclectic art collection and curtains made from sale tapestry fabrics from Urban Outfitters.
What do you think of these eclectic dining rooms from our House Tours? Do these achieve a cohesive style? Do the individual parts interact together to create a unified whole?
Images: As linked above.