The Art of Mixing Styles: 7 Gorgeously Eclectic Rooms that Show How It's Done

The Art of Mixing Styles: 7 Gorgeously Eclectic Rooms that Show How It's Done

Adrienne Breaux
Aug 25, 2015
(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

Sticking to one style in your living room is one way to decorate. But for some, the ideal way to fill a room is with an eclectic mix of furnishings that fit together to create a space that's wholly unique. How do you accomplish such a feat, exactly, without your rooms coming out looking like a mess? These seven rooms hold secrets to successfully designing eclectic spaces — use some of them to mix styles in your own home.

A focal point can focus an eclectic mix

Above: A strong focal point (here, an architecturally beautiful black fireplace and white brick wall behind it) combines with modern, neutral furniture without a lot of ornate details. The white walls are a canvas that lets a lot of different color and styles meld together nicely. Spotted on Design*Sponge.

(Image credit: Camille Styles)

Bold colors across styles can help tie the look together

A dark wall color cocoons this whole living room spotted on Camille Styles, and while there are a lot of different shapes and styles of furniture at play (as well as wood and metal finishes) the room works thanks to a commitment to bold color and subtle pattern.

(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

As can simple, subtle hues mixed across styles in a relaxing room

If you set a subtle, simple color palette (in this room by Christy Allen spotted on Desire to Inspire, its gray and shades of blue mixed with a light to medium-brown wood tone), you can have a room with furniture that focuses on contemporary comfort but also mixes in a rustic live-edge table detail and a surprisingly modern acrylic table.

(Image credit: Vtwonen)

Mimicking elements helps

Sometimes mimicking colors and design elements (like in this room we spotted on Vtwonen) can be the ticket for combining two furniture styles that are quite different. In the living room we see a comfy, contemporary couch nestled near a metal industrial-style side table, but the colorful medley of hues in the throw pillows is mimicked by the colorful petals of the wildflowers next to it.

(Image credit: Domino)

Commit to a vibe

Committing to a certain feel or vibe in a space can give you a lot of leeway when it comes to choosing furniture from a wide array of styles. In this room found on Domino, the furniture arrangement is casual, the seating heights low and the whole room feels like a cool lounge.

(Image credit: Vtwonen)

Natural materials have the power to marry styles

Never underestimate the power of elements that feel earthy and of natural. In this room from Vtwonen, a mix of modern chairs and a heavy, rustic wood dining table complement one another thanks to their earthy materials.

(Image credit: Fred Heiberg for Bolig)

All white + minimal makes for an eclectic canvas

I'm closing out this post on a nearly all-white room (from Bolig) to underscore again how a lot of white can act as a big, beautiful canvas (like this post's first image). Here, though, you'll see that when you create an intentionally minimal space, your mix of elements of different styles become key pieces in a smartly curated room.

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