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Indoor Plants and Eclectic Interior Design

Indoor Plants and Eclectic Interior Design

Eclectic home design is a unique and creative approach to interior decorating that blends a variety of styles, textures, and periods to create a cohesive and personalized look. Often, the overarching style incorporated into eclectic styling is Bohemian decor. However, there are also modern staples such as glam or industrial which shine through as well. Really, eclectic is based on providing a true representation of the person living in the space.

While some may falsely gather that eclectic means an assortment of random objects, gathered without thought to a theme or how they fit together, this is actually false. Eclectic is derived from the Greek word for selective, and will likely take an even more careful eye and patient mind in curating this look. It will take a lot of work to make this style look as effortless as example pictures look online.

Here are our tips for eclectic styling!

Mixing Styles and Eras:

Eclectic design is characterized by the harmonious combination of different decorating styles. This could include mixing modern and vintage pieces, or combining elements from various cultural or historical backgrounds.

Balance and Cohesion:

While eclectic design involves mixing various elements, it's important to maintain a sense of balance and cohesion. This is often achieved through color, texture, or a recurring motif that ties different pieces together.

Sometimes, balance also involves knowing when less is more. If you have found one key “oddball” piece you wish to make a statement in your home, do not go out of your way to find equally unusual pieces, as you will simply distract from that key element as well as overwhelm your space.  

Understanding Focal Points:

Focal points are a point of visual interest. They will be the first thing, or one of the first things, a viewer notices upon entering a room. This will help in finding balance within a room by guiding the arrangement of furniture and other key elements in a room. These focal points can be architectural features, furniture pieces, artwork and decor, or colors/ textures, and can both emphasize the personality of the designer, but also the purpose of the space.

  • Focal point ideas:

  • Architectural pieces like fireplaces or light sources like windows are popular focal points we often do not even notice. Additional elements can also be added without renovation. We love large potted plants and trees to add a touch of life and vibrance which spreads throughout the whole room. We recommend decor plant lighting such as the Aspect™ hanging pendant grow light, to emphasize greenery while also keeping it healthy and lush. Wall paper or accent walls can also be a focal point- but if you really want color to be the main focus of your space, consider color washing.

Embrace Blank Space:

While it can be freeing to break free of the mold and embrace more freedom from traditional “styles”, it is important to remember that negative space is an important reprieve for the eye, especially in rooms utilizing multiple patterns and colors. Do not be afraid to leave some space “blank”, not every surface must be covered to be properly utilized in this styling.

Color and Pattern:

Eclectic interiors often feature bold and vibrant colors, as well as a mix of patterns. The key is to find a common color palette or theme that helps unify the diverse elements.

Make sure you match certain elements of texture and pattern, especially wood types. To mismatch certain metals or other “base” elements can go from looking eclectic to looking mismatched and poorly planned, like a shoddy home renovation. Luckily, wood is a simple fix- a quick coat of stain or paint will bring together pieces and create a cohesive look. This is especially great for thrifters who are looking to go for sustainable and affordable, second hand eclectic.

Layering Textures:

Layering different textures is another hallmark of eclectic design. Combining various materials like wood, metal, glass, and fabrics can add depth and interest to a space.

Plants are a great example of texture, as it is neutral and organic while also providing an element of vibrance. This added layer of movement and lush texture will add to decor without distracting from it or overwhelming more subtle elements. We recommend using a Grove™ Grow Bar Light for cabinet or shelf plant displays.

Art and Accessories:

Artwork and accessories play a significant role in eclectic interiors. These items are usually chosen for their aesthetic appeal or personal significance, and can range from contemporary art to vintage finds.

Gallery walls are a great option for art focused decor. The wonderful thing about paintings or prints is the commonality of media which is hung from the wall. The styles of art can vary widely between medium, size or shape, and can contrast with one another in this setting without creating a sense of widespread disarray in a room, as it will likely be condensed to one wall or surface.


A key element of eclectic design is personalization. This style often reflects the individual tastes and experiences of the homeowner, with items that may have sentimental value or unique stories.

Tastes can change, from day to day and season to season. While it would be hard to do a decor swap every single week, leave yourself plenty of options to change up the mood and ambiance. For example, gauzy curtains can diffuse light when you're feeling moody, but be thrown open for bright days that match a sunny disposition. Lights with dimmers or different color settings can create a vibe for any moment.

Bigger seasonal swaps can also keep things fresh. Start building up a collection of different candle votives, throw pillows, or other small ornaments which will fit into different holiday or themed decor to keep things feeling timely and fresh.

One of the beauties of eclectic design is its flexibility. It allows for continuous evolution of the space as new pieces are acquired or as the homeowner's taste changes.

Finding a theme:

Finding a theme is an excellent option for people looking to create a sense of cohesion, but who do not have a super concrete grasp on what they are basing their design around. Of course, if you are going for a common texture pattern or motif, it will be simple to just search up decor involving either of those keywords and build a space on that.

If you instead go for a theme, it can also make it simpler. Think of your favorite things or spaces, from libraries to pirate ships, and let your imagination run free. Look up images of your favorite movies that have sets involving these storylines or settings.


Eclectic design often involves taking risks and breaking traditional design rules. It's about experimenting with different combinations until finding the perfect blend that feels right.

These styles are often defined through magazine photoshoots, which stage perfectly curated sitting rooms based off of aesthetic appeal alone, removing any need for sentimentality or even personal comfort. So, before you start cutting out your favorite maximalist pieces because you think you have more mid century modern elements in your dining area, remember that you may well be happier finding a balance between the two regardless of the pinterest board you have built filled with dream designs.

In essence, eclectic home design is less about following strict design rules and more about creating a space that is uniquely yours, reflecting a blend of various styles and influences that are harmonious and personal.

Commonly Combined Design:

In eclectic home design, various decor styles are often combined to create unique and personalized spaces. If you're looking for a little guidance on what to pair with what, we have made a list to help you! Here are five decor styles that are commonly mixed:

Mid-Century Modern and Industrial:

Mid-century modern, known for its clean lines and organic forms, pairs well with the raw, unfinished look of industrial style. This combination can create a balance between sleek and rustic elements.

Bohemian and Scandinavian (Scandi-Boho):

The free-spirited, colorful essence of Bohemian style blends beautifully with the minimalism and functionality of Scandinavian design. This mix often results in a cozy, lived-in space that's both playful and serene. Try finding woven elements, or wooden furniture, to let organic elements shine to suit both styling sensibilities.

Traditional and Contemporary:

Merging traditional decor, characterized by classic details and ornate elements, with contemporary style, known for its simplicity and clean lines, can create a sophisticated and timeless interior.

Art Deco and Modern:

The ornamental and glamorous Art Deco style, with its geometric patterns and bold colors, complements the simplicity and understated look of modern design. This combination can add a touch of elegance and luxury to a modern space.

Coastal and Rustic:

Coastal decor is all the rage right now, and its focus on airyness and organic elements lends itself well to being combined with a variety of different decor styles. The light, breezy elements of coastal design, styled with the natural, earthy aspects of rustic decor, create a warm and inviting space. This pairing often uses a palette of soft neutrals, blues, and greens, along with natural textures like wood and stone.

Design Between Rooms

Feel free to vary your style slightly between rooms, as this will help to keep things less muddled in individual spaces, as well as differentiate spaces from one another. Creating a harmonious home involves choosing decor styles that best suit the function and feel of each room. Here's a general guide on which styles work well in various rooms of a house:

Living Room:

  1. Mid-Century Modern:

Ideal for creating a stylish yet comfortable space. Its emphasis on clean lines and organic forms is perfect for a social and relaxing area.

  1. Scandinavian:

Known for its minimalism and functionality, this style makes living rooms feel spacious, organized, and cozy.


  1. Modern or Contemporary:

These styles often feature sleek, clean lines and minimal clutter, which is practical for a kitchen space.

  1. Farmhouse:

Offers a warm, rustic charm and often includes elements like apron sinks, wood finishes, and vintage accessories.

Dining Room:

  1. Traditional:

Adds a touch of elegance and formality, perfect for a classic dining experience.

  1. Industrial:

Characterized by its use of raw materials like metal and wood, which can create a unique, edgy dining atmosphere.


  1. Bohemian:

Ideal for bedrooms due to its cozy, relaxed vibe. Incorporates colorful textiles, patterns, and various textures.

  1. Coastal:

Creates a calm, serene environment, reminiscent of the beach. Light colors, airy fabrics, and natural elements like wood and seashells work well.


  1. Spa-Like Contemporary:

Clean lines, minimal decor, and a monochromatic color scheme can turn a bathroom into a tranquil retreat.

  1. Vintage or Art Deco:

Adds character and elegance with ornate fixtures, clawfoot tubs, and intricate tile work.

Home Office:

  1. Modern:

Keeps the space functional and uncluttered, with sleek furniture and organized storage.

  1. Eclectic:

Can stimulate creativity by combining various styles, colors, and textures.

Children's Room:

  1. Scandinavian:

Safe, functional, and often gender-neutral, which is great for kids' rooms.

  1. Themed:

Like a nautical, princess, or jungle theme, can create a fun, imaginative space for children.


Eclectic design is really just embracing freedom and not confining a space to one style. Take this opportunity to get creative and explore some risks in your space you had not previously considered!