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6 Mistakes You Might Be Making When Decorating In Eclectic Style

Eclectic style is all about mixing prints, patterns, quirky art pieces, and fun fabrics into a space. We spoke with four eclectic design experts who weighed in on the 6 common mistakes that people make when decorating their homes in this style. Check out what not to do when decorating with eclectic style.


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01. Forgetting to Edit Your Space

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“It’s great to love a lot of styles, and usually, I buy whatever I like and try to make it work,” designer Bari Ackerman says. But, she adds, there isn’t room for everything in a home, and a bit of editing is key.

Home design influencer Kate Pearce agrees. “Eclectic style doesn’t mean just throwing a bunch of disparate items together in a space,” she notes. “Have elements that pull it all together and make the room feel cohesive. That usually involves some level of restraint.”

EDITOR’S CHOICE

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02. Not Defining a Color Palette

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“In other words, use color intentionally,” Ackerman advises. She personally decorates her home with orange, green, pink, and a few pops of blue.

Home design influencer Tiffany Barino feels similarly. “Not having one signature color throughout, conjoining the different styles, can make the space appear more messy than collected,” she comments.

03. Not Paying Attention to Scale

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“When attempting to achieve an eclectic style, often people will collect pieces over time,” designer Michelle Gage explains. “That’s certainly a good way to achieve the look, but if you aren’t designing a room all at once, you really need to be paying close attention to the scale of each and every piece you’re sourcing.”

EDITOR’S CHOICE

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04. Forgetting About Scale When It Comes to Prints

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The concept of scale isn’t just important with regard to furniture, it’s also key to keep in mind in terms of prints in wallpaper, art, and textile form.

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“A swirl of different colors and patterns goes a long way to achieving an eclectic look,” Gage says. But keep in mind the size of various prints—as Gage puts it, “You can’t have a whole room full on only oversized patterns; you need scale printed to provide balance and contrast.”

EDITOR’S CHOICE

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05. Incorporating Too Much Décor Off the Bat

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“I think people mistake eclectic for maximalism, so they pack on the décor and then feel overwhelmed,” home design influencer Monica Benavidez says. “The styles definitely go together, but if you’re transitioning to a more eclectic style in your home, resist the urge to add a lot of décor right off the bat.”

06. Paying Too Much Attention to Traditional Design Rules

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Why not make the design process joyful? “Buy and collect pieces you love, whether they’re from the 18th century or the 21st, and just have fun,” Pearce encourages. “One of my favorite spots in my home combines a 19th-century ornate chair, a sleek mid-century desk, postmodern décor pieces, and a kitschy popsicle stick table lamp.” Though this feels like it shouldn’t all work together, it does.


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