Eclectic decor offers loads of design options
AN eclectic decor is a forgiving and inspiring look. This fabulous dining room is a wonderful example of an eclectic decor. Except for the painted chairs, there are no matching sets of anything in this room, yet it has lots of personality and charm. Painted and stained woods are mixed together with faux skin rugs. Many time periods are covered in this wonderful mix and the outcome is appealing. The great thing about this style of decor is that is allows you to use what you have on hand in many cases. You may have a dining table that does not match your chairs but a quick coat of paint on either will begin your eclectic journey. Perhaps your chairs are all differing styles; you have the option to paint them all in one colour or you can mix things up by using several colours of leftover paint. Got fabric? Recover the chair seats in a mix of great fabric remnants rather than keep them all the same. What a great problem to have. Options that cost little to nothing.
I love the vintage-style light fixture over the table. Places such as IKEA carry these inexpensive swag lamps and they really make a statement. Items like this are definitely worth a little investment. Mixing them with a more traditional table is a great look. It gives what could be a stuffy dining room a youthful, fun vibe. You might have a dated chandelier that could be painted in a distressed paint colour to work in your space. Keep your mind open to possibilities as you look around your home for items to use in your new decor. The faux skin rug is a really odd addition but it works because it is the same colour as the flooring so it’s not screaming, “I don’t fit here!” The lesson here is to try things and see how they fit. Have a zebra-print rug? Give it a try. It might be the statement piece your room needs to bring it all together. If you don’t have a rug but want that splash of colour on the floor, you can paint a floor canvas in any colours or patterns you desire. For wall art your options are pretty much unlimited. See what you have on hand that might work in the space. Even if you have to paint the frames of old prints, consider doing so in order to use them in your updated decor. You can see in our feature photo that there is a white painted mirror and ornate shelf on the wall. This set probably had a dated gold finish but was toned down simply by painting it white. It plays off of the simple window treatment and white trim in this room. Speaking of window treatments, you don’t necessarily have to run out and spend a bunch of money on new ones. Or course, there are very affordable panel curtains on the market that might work, but don’t forget about coloured sheets, lengths of tulle (perhaps left over from a wedding), large silk scarves, mosquito netting — the list goes on. Try something different. If it doesn’t work out, then you can always defer to the store-bought panels without regret. The great wall colour, Dulux Paints’ Colour of the Year called Bear Run (10BG 46/112), is an ethereal blue that exudes calm and peacefulness. The right wall colour will ground your eclectic pieces and there are so many wonderful colours out there to choose from. Spend some time on paint manufacturers’ websites and play with colour online. In some cases you can download your own photo onto their site and try out colours, or simply choose from generic rooms they have to offer. It’s worth your time and effort to get just the right wall colour. If you’re on a tight decorating budget or just want an unusual space, try mixing in a bunch of stuff that you have on hand and see how it goes. I don’t necessarily mean to clutter the space. When creating an eclectic decor, less is more. Each unique piece requires enough room to be appreciated. Paint what needs updating and use things for purposes that they are not intended for. For example, you can use a stack of hard-sided vintage suitcases as a side table, try using an old trunk as an ottoman or coffee table, repurpose old cowboy boots as planters and so on. Everything is fair game in the eclectic realm.
An array of diverse design elements, colours and angles blend together to create this eclectic dining room. Above, Maskros pendant lamp from Ikea.