How to Make an Eclectic Bedroom Feel Cool, Creative, and Calm

Updated 04/22/19

It's easy to mistake eclecticism for an inability to commit to one style; however, when executed well, an eclectic space looks and feels cohesive. While the design aesthetic can involve mixing styles, colors, and patterns, it's important to ensure that at least one element ties a room a together, whether it's a neutral wall, a central art piece, or a bold color included throughout. Perfect for those with an inclination to experiment with décor, designing an eclectic room allows you to show off your personality and get creative.

The bedroom is one space that certainly deserves this special, personal touch. Mix and match with pieces sourced from modern brands, vintage shops, and thrift stores alike. Play with bold colors, patterns, and textures as you juxtapose a variety of styles together in a way that suits your one-of-a-kind eye. It can be as subtle as displaying a bold comforter and a few mix-matched throw pillows or as loud as layering multiple patterns and textures together. While there aren't many rules to this creative style, ahead, take note a few tips that will help you create the eclectic bedroom of your dreams. 

Try Out a Bold Wallpaper

Colorful Bedroom
Mary Costa DESIGN: Black Lacquer

This maximalist, modern bedroom features bold wallpaper that mimics an expansive canvas. Although the loud wall décor varies from the rest of the clean space, hues of a light pastel pink found throughout the eclectic bedroom bring it all together. 

Velvet Everley Chair
Anthropologie Velvet Everley Chair $1098
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Play With Texture

Eclectic Bedroom
Monica Wang

Multiple patterns, colors, prints, and textures overlap in this room, while a neutral backdrop keeps the space looking cohesive. Patterned pillows contrast with a traditional rug while a modern photograph hangs above the bed. Additional design styles including chinoiserie vases sit on display in a bookshelf adding to the collected vibe.

One Kings Lane Noella Rug $450
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Juxtapose the Old with the New

White Bedroom
Brittany Ambridge

A key element of eclectic design is bringing modern and vintage items together. This stark white bedroom features a modern bedframe alongside a traditional desk cabinet and other unique furnishings. Displayed art and books also add to the mix-matched feel of the space, yet white elements contribute to a cohesive feel.

Chairish Flame Mahogany Armoire Entertainment Center $4250 $895
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Hang Daring Artwork

Artsy Bedroom
Eron Rauch DESIGN: Black Lacquer

Nothing turns a traditional bedroom into an interesting and striking eclectic space faster than a bold piece of artwork. A colorful pop art piece combined with traditional or modern furnishings can completely transform a space.

Adrian Kay Wong Summer Shade
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Display Found Objects

Vintage Bedroom
Brittany Ambridge

Scavenge through thrift stores and vintage shops to find seriously one-of-a-kind pieces to show off in your bedroom. You never know what treasure troves are waiting to be discovered in local stores or even online outlets like Chairish and 1stdibs. Pair pieces from different eras to create a truly eclectic look that's full of unique designs.

Chairish Gold Leaf Gilt Headboard $1300 $1125
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Start Small

Eclectic Bedroom
Brittany Ambridge

Creating a space that shows off your personality and feels carefully curated doesn't mean you have to go all in all at once. Start small with pieces that connect to your style and play with color and patterns along the way. This space looks clean and modern, but a boldly patterned quilt and chic artwork give the space a dose of charisma.

Livia Quilt
Artisan Quilts by Anthropologie Livia Quilt $178
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Use Contrasting Patterns

Blue Bedroom
Studio DB

This eclectic bedroom is defined by its mismatched patterns. A deep blue–and-white wallpaper draws attention upward, while a muted cream-colored rug anchors the room. Although it's subtle, the light blue comforter also features a patterned design. As varied as these prints are, complementary shades of blue and off-white create a cohesive look.

Hatch Wallpaper
Mitchell Black Hatch Wallpaper $148
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Allow Décor to Speak for Itself

Black and White Bedroom
Pella Hedeby

An eclectic space doesn't necessarily have to be bursting with colors and patterns. This artsy bedroom is minimalist in color, but layered artwork and quirky décor choices—yes, those are shoes displayed on the wall—make the space appear decidedly eclectic. It also plays into the trend of keeping items out in the open that are usually stored away, like clothing, shoes, and books.

Rapper's Delight Art Print - Black 8 X 10 at Urban Outfitters
Honeymoon Hotel Rapper's Delight Art Print $19
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Use Paint to Create Interest

Colored Ceiling
Mary Costa DESIGN: Black Lacquer

An eclectic space is full of unexpected elements. Make your room stand out by painting the walls and the ceiling different colors. In this space, peach-colored walls contrast with a white molding and bold, black ceiling. It draws the eye upward, as does the evil eye wall hanging just beneath the ceiling, while textured, patterned pillows adorn the bed.

Heradia Pillow
Anthropologie Heradia Pillow $88 $70
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Think Outside the Box

Bedroom Décor
Sarah Sherman Samuel

This room combines multiple styles, from modern to traditional while the color green works to connect the disjointed pieces. In addition to the mashup of objects, the way they are displayed is also worth noting. This space is proof that art doesn't have to be hung up to have an effect. In fact, leaning artwork against a wall is an unexpected way to break the rules with your styling choices.

Pari Rattan Chair
Anthropologie Pari Rattan Chair $98
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Try one (or all) or these ideas in your home to curate a fresh, eclectic room.

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