If we asked you to describe your personal style in a few words, chances are you'd reference a few different aesthetics and design trends. That's because a well-developed sense of style tends to be a reflection of your own complexities. Personally, I have some strong tiki tendencies à la Dr. Lawrence (the eccentric Hawaii-obsessed psychiatrist from Twin Peaks): 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, but I'm easily overwhelmed by too much contrast. Ergo, those aforementioned complexities.
And while that may sound like a wacky, inconsistent mix, it can all work together well. It even has a name: eclecticism, 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, we rounded up 10 eclectic living rooms that are bursting with character while mastering cohesion and balance. Allow these stylish, unique, and well-curated eclectic living rooms below guide and inspire you.
Edgy Meets Traditional
This eclectic space is like your favorite "business in front, party in the back" outfit. The beautiful woven lounge chair, glossy low-to-the-ground coffee 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 instantly introduces a surge of edgy energy. The throw pillow also highlights the orange hues to create balance and a more seamless flow from the wall décor to the rest of the room.
California Meets Scandinavia
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 eclecticism is worn leather. Think sling chairs and poufs.
Farmhouse Feminine Meets Handsome Midcentury
Eclecticism is often mistaken for over-the-top maximalism, 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 über-feminine purple and pink quilts all exude a very different vibe, but set against the bright white farmhouse-esque space, they work together beautifully. In short, quality over quantity can be your motto with eclectic living rooms, too.
Nostalgic Whimsy Meets Modern
With dainty silhouettes, 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 very Marie Antionette, which is simultaneously reinforced and undermined by the realist photograph above it. There's a nod of nostalgia for a bygone era, as it captures something with modern technology that is distinctly of the past. The silver tabletop décor also confirms the modern sensibility.
Bohemian Meets Formal
If you're drawn to the laid-back beauty of bohemian pieces, but you also want to exude more formality in the living room—or even if you live in a home where the architectural bones aren't well-suited for that hippie-dippy look—take notes 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 periwinkle paint), abstract wall art, and gold tabletop décor 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.
Traditional Meets Coastal
This living room is really working those gorgeous high ceilings, perfectly symmetrical columns, and large windows, which flood the space with sunlight. The grand chandelier, antique frames, and dressers all pick up on those qualities, while the coral décor and jute rug add a bit of a beachy feel. Then, the staple seating and metallic ottoman anchor the space in the present.
Minimalist Meets Maximalist
Here's another tribute 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 color 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, and salmon-hued floor lamp.
Victorian Meets Mod
Eclectic decorating doesn't have to entail wild print-mixing. Don't get us wrong, we love a good floral throw sitting adjacent to a leopard 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 can 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 itself to more traditional pieces, the mod armchair, casually leaning contemporary art, shabby chic slipcover sofa, vases, modern coffee table, and pendant light all look right at home.
Shabby-Chic Meets Contemporary
We love how this space incorporates rustic, shabby 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, the fresh white paint. The finished product is a family-friendly living room that cleans up nicely.
Modern Lines Meet Organic Shapes
While the staple pieces in this living room 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 pendant over the dining room, and one in the living room. The neutral color palette helps to keep things feeling consistent.