The One Design Trend That Lets Your Personal Style Shine

If we asked you to describe yourВ personal style in a few words, chances are you'd reference a few different aesthetics and design trends. That's because aВ well-developed sense of style tendsВ to be a reflection of your own complexities. Personally, I have some strong tiki tendencies Г la Dr. Lawarence (the eccentric Hawaii-obsessed psychiatrist fromВ Twin Peaks):В Think rattan and Aloha print. But I'm also drawn to the drama and elegance of Rococo, the simplicity of midcentury modernism, and the sleek, clean elegance of contemporary design. I love color,В but I'm easilyВ overwhelmed by too much contrast. Ergo, those aforementioned complexities.В

And while that may sound like a wacky, inconsistent mix, it can all work together well. It even has a name: eclectism, which is all about expressing your style authentically. It also happens to be the best trend to adopt if you like a little of everything (or you've inherited a little of everything) and find beauty in offbeat, unexpected combinations. To make our case, weВ rounded upВ 10 eclecticВ living rooms that are bursting withВ character whileВ mastering cohesion and balance. Allow these stylish, unique, andВ well-curated eclectic living rooms below guide and inspire you.

Edgy Meets Traditional

Nicole Franzen

This eclectic space isВ like your favorite "business in front, party in back"В outfit. The beautiful woven lounge chair, glossy low-to-the-ground coffeeВ table, and traditional vase, table lamp, and sofa all make it feel formal and sophisticated enough to host VIP guests. But then the abstract, large-scale, casually displayed photography instantlyВ introduces aВ surge ofВ edgy energy. The throw pillow also highlights the orange hues to create balance and a more seamlessВ flow from the wall dГ©cor to the rest of the room.В

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California Meets Scandinavia

Amber Interior Design

If you love the look of eclectic living rooms but aren't sure how to accomplish it at home, take note from the space above. The layered textiles, plush throws, and contrasting materials are all quintessentially eclectic. Another staple of California eclectism is worn leather. Think sling chairs and poufs.В

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Farmhouse Feminine Meets Handsome Midcentury


Eclecticism is often mistaken for over-the-top maximalism.В But that's definitely not always the case. In the living room nook above, just a few pieces can go a long way. The antique gilt mirror, casual jute rug, handsome chaise, and Гјber-feminineВ purple and pink quilts all exude a very different vibe, but set against the bright white farmhouse-esqueВ space, they work together beautifully. In short, quality over quantityВ can be your motto with eclectic living rooms, too.В

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Nostalgic Whimsy Meets Modern

Martha Angus

With dainty silhouettes,В pastel yellow perfection, and just the right touch of whimsy, this living room vignette is what Wes Anderson-inspired interior dreams are made of. The traditional French settee is veryВ MarieВ Antionette, which is simultaneously reinforced and undermined by the realistВ photograph above it. There's aВ nod of nostalgiaВ for a bygone era, as it captures something that is distinctВ of the past but with modernВ technology.В The silver tabletop dГ©cor also confirms the modern sensibility.В

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Bohemian Meets Formal

Nicole Franzen

If you're drawn to the laidback beauty of bohemian pieces, but you also want to exude more formality in the living room-or even if youВ live in a home where the architectural bones aren't well-suited for that hippie-dippy look-take notesВ from the above. The storage basket, floor plant, colorful rug, and crocheted throw pillow all scream boho, yet the clean-lined sofa (which picks up on the gorgeous periwinkleВ paint), abstract wall art, and gold tabletop dГ©cor dress things up. The coffee table alone embodies the entire room: It keeps a low, grounded profile sitting atop distressed wooden block legs, but the marble tabletop is all 100% fancy.В

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Traditional Meets Coastal

M Wells Photo

This living room is really working those gorgeous high ceilings, perfectly symmetricalВ columns, and large windows, which flood the space with sunlight. The grand chandelier, antiqueВ frames, and dressers all pick up on those qualities, while the coral dГ©cor and jute rug add a bit of a beachy feel. Then, the staple seating and metallic ottoman anchor the space in the present.В

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Minimalist Meets Maximalist

Brett Mickan Interior Design

Here's anotherВ tributeВ to the transformative power of a good throw pillow and wall art combo. The sofa setup looks like it could belong inside of the painting, with a similar gold, beige, gray, and pale blue color scheme. And as we get further into the living room, the colorВ palette becomes dominated by contrasting shades of magenta and bubblegum pink. It all works together because of the leather caramel sling chairs, gray coffee table, andВ salmon-hued floor lamp.В

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Victorian Meets Mod

Leanne Ford Interiors

Electic decorating doesn't have to entail wild print-mixing. Don't get us wrong, we love a good floral throw sitting adjacent to a leopardВ one, but if that's not your cup of tea, try playing with different shapes and materials while sticking to one anchor color. As evidenced above, you canВ stay true to a tight color palette while still featuring a ton of design traditions for plenty of excitement and intrigue. Though the Victorian era architecture lends itselfВ to more traditional pieces, the mod armchair, casually leaningВ contemporary art,В shabby chic slipcoverВ sofa, vases, and modern coffee table and pendant light all look right at home.В

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Shabby-Chic Meets Contemporary


We love how this space incorporates rustic, shabbyВ chic pieces that exude a ton of history and personality while still managing to look grown-up, refined, and photo-ready. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the thoughtfully placed decorative items, the eye-catching traditional figurative portrait, and, most transformative, theВ fresh white paint. The finished product is a family-friendly living room that cleans up nicely.В

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Modern Lines Meet Organic Shapes

Elizabeth Roberts Architecture and Interior Design

While the staple pieces in this living roomВ are rooted in Scandinavian and midcentury designs, the accents each introduce more modern and minimalist styles. This really comes to life in the lighting choices, from the artful floor lamp, the pendantВ over the dining room, and one in the living room. The neutralВ color paletteВ helps to keep things feeling consistent.В

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For more living room design ideas, check out theseВ modern examples or get inspired by these colorful spaces.В