Mix Master: DC Designer Raji Radhakrishnan

Mix Master: DC Designer Raji Radhakrishnan

Leah Moss
May 18, 2009
Eclectic style is a tricky beast that sadly equals "random" more often than not. Even with the best pieces, the attempt to layer modern and traditional have left many a living room looking more like a thrift store goldmine than a pulled together space. So what is the fine line between stylish mix and junk heap mess? Today we're looking for inspiration in the home of DC-based designer, Raji Radhakrishnan, a self-taught style harmonizer famed for her penchant for working the eclectic.

It's always a special treat to see a designer's aesthetic play out in their own home, so we were thrilled to rediscover Metropolitan Home's article on Raji's Virginia abode. Many designers focus on creating harmony by tying one room to the next through consistent color schemes or related themes, but in Raji's home the magic seems to be precisely in the bold variation from room to room. Its variety is its harmony.


1 The master bedroom. The sepia accent wall sets the visual tone, pulling in the various hues of brown and taupes throughout the room. Touches of orange and red keep the eye moving, but because their warm tones are paired with warm woods, they do not have the bold "pop" effect that we normally associate with them.

2 It took us a second to grasp just how much variety there is in this sitting room. At first glance, it looked like a rather common mix of toned-down traditional and modern danish, but upon closer examination we realized there is hardly a style not represented. The futuristic black tripod chair is a happy neighbor to the elaborate french coffee table. Still there seems to be at least some discernible methods working to pull the room together such as the clean lines of all the wood furniture and the touches of gold sprinkled through the room.

3 OK, this room is probably more streamlined than eclectic, but it was too beautiful not to include. We like her modern spin on the dark walled library.

4 Thin legs on most furniture pieces play up the airiness of the room. We also love the way she treats the oversize print as another window view, surrounding it with curtains rather than a standard frame.

5 Color is the unifier in the vibrant mix displayed in the guestroom. It takes a bold color like red to make the unexpected Louis bench look at home with Raji's vibrant wall mural above the bed. Keeping the rest of the walls and coverlet white allows the drama of the unusual pairings to shine.

6 Warm woods, golds, and yellows make art deco, MCM, and plush french look like good friends in the dining room.

To read the whole article and see more of the eclectic style spread throughout her home, click here.

To learn more about Raji's design business, visit her website.

(Images: Erik Johnson for Metropolitan Home)

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