It isn’t uncommon to have an eclectic taste in furniture and interior design styles, favoring, say, a mid-century modern sofa with a contemporary glass coffee table and a more traditional rug with a bolder bold design. But eclectic home goods don’t always look right when put in the same room together, and that’s because there’s more to creating an eclectic, yet cohesive interior design that you might think. Here is a brief guide to combining elements from multiple design styles in a single room.
First, you should get used to the idea that mixing styles and design influences is going to require a little more foresight and planning. Otherwise, your home could easily end up looking cluttered and messy.
Consider the range within one particular style.
You might find that you like, say, the clean lines on a particular mid-century modern sofa and the natural wood texture on a more traditional coffee table. But is it two different styles that you are favoring, then, or is it really two distinct characteristics within the realm of modern furniture design that you admire? Before taking things you like from different styles, take a look at the many characteristics that one style has to offer and imagine how you can incorporate many of those characteristics in your interior design. Even when you stay within the realm of modern design with your interior design, you have a wide variety of colors, textures, and materials to work from—all of which can easily come together to create a cohesive look.
Start with a neutral base.
It’s easiest to start with a neutral color palette and to add color from there. Try keeping your walls and flooring neutral, and that add interesting points of color with accessories like throw pillows, wall art, and lamps.
Don’t go with too many styles.
Think about mixing styles the way you would think about mixing colors; if you venture too far beyond a simple base of two colors, things aren’t going to look cohesive. So rather than introducing several different design styles in a single room, pick one major style that you love and accent with pieces influenced by a different style. Use a common characteristic like color or material to tie this eclectic piece in with the rest of the room.
Find unity in another characteristic.
It’s always easiest to find unity by opting for one particular style in a room, but if you’re really looking to bring a couple different styles together, find unity in another characteristic that these pieces might share—such as color or texture.