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La vie bohème—Replicating the eclectic style

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The eclectic style is definitely one of the most sought after and popular design trends of the current era. Once reserved for artists and low-income earners, this bohemian mixture of oddly paired furniture and material finishes once served those who could not afford to co-ordinate their rooms like the wealthy. Since its surge in popularity, it has shaken the world of design with its fusion of old and new world, expensive and budget options and a cross-culmination of different design disciplines that would once never dared be paired together.

In effect, the eclectic style is a rebel, trail blazer and trend setter. As with most things, there are those who sing its praises, and others who turn their nose up at such a setting. Nonetheless, achieving harmony and balance is truly a difficult feat hence why today, we have decided to put together an ideabook to show you different elements and provide you with some tips to create the perfect vie bohème!

Picture perfect, or is it?

Pictured above is true example of the eclectic style. An oriental rug, 60s era furniture, a fern, a classic lamp and modern lamp and finally, tucked into the corner, a Queen Anne style chair. Here you can see how easily a varied range of design disciplines exists harmoniously amongst one another.

If you haven't already noticed, the key to this room working so well together is that the colour palette employed is more or less the same. With navy blue as the base tone, the other colours and elements which you see play off nicely against it. The trick is to use the old fashioned colour wheel—have this as your reference for complementing colours and you will never go wrong.

Dine in style

Oval backed luxury patchwork dining chair in neutrals:  Dining room by Suzy Newton Ltd.
Suzy Newton Ltd.

Oval backed luxury patchwork dining chair in neutrals

Suzy Newton Ltd.

For those who would like to dine in both comfort and style, this patchwork dining chair could be a great solution for you. Whether or not you choose to have this as a feature chair in a room, or six of them around one dining table, the possibilities and combinations are endless. You can let your artistic license run wild and decide what level of eclecticism you want to take on. 

Classic eclecticism

Austen :  Household by Swaffer



If you aren't ready to go all out and adapt to the full blown eclectic style, you can opt for a more toned down version. Still employing the most important principles—mismatched prints, colours and textures but in a far more relaxed way. This photo has finer details instead of loud ones. Notice the variation in the chair legs? You can see a peek of silver on the front legs which has been nicely tied in with the silver cords of the lamps.

Patchwork heroes

Louis luxury patchwork tub chair:  Living room by Suzy Newton Ltd.
Suzy Newton Ltd.

Louis luxury patchwork tub chair

Suzy Newton Ltd.

A truly stunning retake on an old armchair. This patchwork lounge chair will fit perfectly into any unique bedroom, living or dining room. These chairs are made to order, which means you have the freedom to choose the colour palette and amount of craziness and vibrancy that you want in the fabric. You can add this chair to a relatively plain room as a feature piece, or, if you want to dive head first into the world of eclecticism—be our guest!

Colour your world

Klash Chairs:  Dining room by Standrin

Klash Chairs


The Klash chairs by Standrin are a super fun and exciting element to add to any home—not just those who are wanting to have an eclectic dining room. Available in a myriad of different colours and material finishes, you can add as much or as little colour pop to your house as you see fit. For those that are truly daring, a set of these around a dining table would be the true talking point of your dining or living room.

Another dimension

An old church pew has been converted into this stellar example of reworked furniture design. The dark timber shell is an easy base for colour selection, with the designer opting for 60s inspired psychedelic colours. We absolutely love the half moon prints on the base which create an almost out of this world aura. A truly interesting and unique project that is one of a kind.

To see more examples of exciting eclectic design see ’Patchwork paradise and Living ideas for the 50s fanatic’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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