When it comes to bold bedroom decor, nothing screams perfection more than Eclectism? Why? Because electism allows you to marry ‘interior styles’, so they complement each other, creating balance and harmony.While an eclectic bedroom design is typically seen as ‘messy’, ‘chaotic’, and ‘disorientated’, it can be focused (if you get it right.). A bold bedroom aesthetic involves mixing colours, colours, prints and patterns, without throwing random interior styles together. But what do I mean by that? Well, contrary to popular belief, colourful interior trends need to have at least one element that ties your bedroom together. Whether you use accent colours, have a feature wall, a coastal beach house theme, or bold art installations, maximalist decor needs to have a ‘stylistic anchor’ to create a cohesive bedroom scheme.
So, what is electicism? In interior design eclectic style is the coming together of juxtaposing textures, disparate designs, and contrasting colours, to create a seamless home, that wouldn’t seem out of place in a home decor magazine. Because of how many prints, patterns, and colours bold decor involves, bringing colour into your home, is not as easy as it looks. For starters, using bold colours, prints, and patterns might be a maximalist’s dream (uh-duh), but if you go overboard, you can leave yourself, and your guests reaching for the Paracetomol. This is why you should also use a few neutral colours like beige, white, cream and taupe, so you can create a bold bedroom, that still looks stylish and sophisticated.
Though there is not a guidebook to easily recreate eclectic style there are a few characteristics that are common to it. As well as bold colours, and prints, eclectic home decor often has global influences inspired by travel. This can be memory walls filled with your favourite holidays, framed maps and souveineurs, and even vintage travel suitcases, that double up as ‘aesthetic storage’ for your bedroom. Another component of bold bedroom decor is juxtaposing the ‘old’ with the ‘new’, with vintage inspired pieces, paired with modern statement bedroom decor. The old vs new eclectic trend allows you to play with different time periods, like the 50’s meets modern sophistication. If you had a yellow floral bedroom, with antique wallpaper, and gilted mirrors, you could contrast this with a modern flower vase, and bold contrasting colours for an old and new bedroom, that is bold and beautiful.
Mixing patterns, adding unexpected decor in an eclectic home, and creating an art gallery wall, are all bold bedroom decor ideas that you can use to jazz up your home. Whether you are dipping your toe into maximalism, are a fan of prints, love nothing more than colour-blocking or obsessed with statement art, there are no rules. Eclecticism is unstructured, which makes it one of the most verstatile interior design trends, that if done well, looks INCREDIBLE. Remember, eclectic style is all about personality. It’s a great way to decorate your home with things you love and show off what is important to you. From investing in furniture that is wacky and wonderful, to playing around with prints, accent walls, and colours, here are 5 beautiful bedroom design ideas, that are 100% eclectic.
Get Creative With Colour And Play Around With Prints
Creating a bold bedroom allows you to show off your personality and get creative.For example let’s say that you want to create a Barbie Pink fantasy, that will make both adults and children jealous of how freaking cool your pink bedroom is. You invest in a jazzy pastel pink bed frame, that is juxtaposed with a fuschia pink Barbie slogan duvet, and matching pillows. Your bedroom is a wonderland, with edgy Etsy prints of Barbie, and all her friends, in 50 shades of pink. From fuschia, to pastel, to ceramic pink, noone can accuse you of not being a pink lover. The key to creating this bold bedroom using electicism, is to remember to use contrasting shades of pink. Pair brighter pinks with darker pinks like coral, purple-pink, and even neutral hues like white, cream, and beige, to bring your Barbie dream to life.
When you are new to playing with colour, creating a ‘Barbie Bedroom’ can seem like a mammoth feat. After all revered in the hearts of children, and adults everywhere, it’s important to respect the Barbie Gods. For example, if you want your whole bedroom to be pink, just make sure they are complementary shades of pink, that pair well with each other, A’la colour wheel. This could be carnation pink and dusty rose pink, rose quartz pink and blush pink, flamingo pink and baby pink, and so forth. If you just want elements of ‘Barbie realness ‘ in your bedroom, then you can make your bed the focus of your bedroom with the aforementioned pink duvet, and cushions, and have the rest of the room in a muted gray palette, as it goes well with pink. Complete with minimalist paintings, you have a Barbie bedroom that is still classy.
Carrying on with the pink theme, and moving away from Barbie, pink is a really versatile colour to get creative with. Want a bold, contrasting room? Use pink as an accent colour, with a complementary hue to make your bedroom stand out. This could be olive green and dainty pink, fuschia pink and postbox red, or even rose quartz and serenity blue. Pink, depending on the hue you choose really does pair well with most of the primary colours, be it bold, or pastel. If you want to create a pastel pink bedroom, pale blues, dusky grays, lilacs and spring greens look beautiful together. If you are a firm believer that being bold is the way to go, then cobalt blue, bright red, magenta, and vivid orange, are great colours when you are using bolder, brasher forms of the colour pink. This includes shades like coral, fuschia, flamingo and neon pink, for your nerves.
Having fun with prints is also great for bold bedroom decor that really stands out. My personal favourite way of introducing prints into your bedroom, is though a bold and beautiful floral wallpaper wall, but your furniture, bedding, carpet, art and photos can add prints into your bedroom in unexpected ways. Running along with the floral theme, playing around with floral prints is one of the best ways to create an eclectic bedroom. Why? Because floral prints can be bold and huge, subdued and minimalist, and even introduce cross-patterning. There are no rules to how flowers can be designed, so whether you go for a watercolour flower mural, that is dark, moody and mysterious, a small canvas of Van Gogh’s ‘Almond Blossoms’, or have a pale, neutral bedding set with washed out flowers, floral prints are the way to go.
Oh, and a handy tip? A fool-proof way to balance colours in eclecticism is to sparingly embrace the intense colours required by certain styles and balance them with more neutral tones.
For example, if you love both country cottage and industrial styles, you could have floral wallpaper and furniture in a dark grey. Or, if you love shabby chic and mid-century modern, you could pair a bold feature wall with beige paint. There is no right or wrong way of creating bold bedroom decor, so trial and error is the best way to see what colours and prints work for you.
Personalize Your Bedroom To Showcase Your Style
Your bedroom should be your safe haven, where you feel comforted, secure, and a place when you can relax and chill out. But, it should also be a place which showcases your style, your personal identity, and shows off your personality. So, how do you corporate elements of your personality into your bright and beautiful bedroom? Well, are you someone who thrives in a loud, bustling environment? Are you bold, chatty and friendly? Or maybe you are someone who is multi-faceted who is bubbly in private, but requires solitude in private. For me a bedroom should make you feel happier, and help you unwind after a long stressful day at work. This means cozy elements like a TV, bookshelf and blankets, that creates a sense of ‘hygee’ at home. However at heart, and personality wise, I am colourful, vibrant and 100% a maximalist. I have mirrored wardrobes to inspire me to workout, dance, and do Yoga, while inside is a plethora of ballgowns, sequin dresses, and floral kimonos, that represent who I am stylistically. On my mantlepiece I have my hats, tiaras, crowns, jewellery, and sunglasses, while a bright colourful rug, star projector, and abstract, cubist, and surreal art on the walls, shows what I like, and who I am.
Your bedroom is a private place, sure, but it does not mean that you cannot have fun with it. When you create a space that is meant for you, you can build confidence and self-love. I love my bedroom because it is large, open, and airy, and elements of me, can be seen all over the room. From the use of colour, to art, textures, different prints, and bold statement pieces, anything maximalist is complemented with a neutral cream aesthetic, to create contrast. If it was my own home, I would decorate it a little more fabulously, but as we are renting a flat, I have to settle on key statement pieces that still show what me, and my partner are all about. We have elements of the traditional, such as a cream chest of draws, cabinets, and fitted wardrobes, which is paired with our personality, with a focus on rainbow colours, contrasting prints, and art canvases, as well as personal memories. It is somewhere that feels undoubtably like home.
When you are trying to instill personality into your bedroom, think about what you like. Do you like flowers, are you a fan of travel, or are you super into Sci-Fi fantasies, and want to turn your bedroom into a UFO? The key is to choose furniture, bedding, art and accessories that match the vibe you are trying to give out about yourself, and how you want to come across to others. For me, I come across as someone who loves fashion, is very vibrant, and is not afraid to play around with colours. From looking at my bedroom as a stranger, you would think that I am warm, approachable, and beautiful, eye-catching art. Even if you have a small bedroom, or share with someone else, its about taking ownership of the space that you do have, and creating something individualistic, whether that be displaying your achievements, memories, or travels around the world. It can be as simple, or as maximalist as you like, the choice is entirely down to you!
Invest In Furniture That Makes A Bold Statement
It might sound strange, but the furniture you choose can help you create bold bedroom decor, that is uniquely you. Whether you have a metal bed frame, in vintage gold, mirrored triple wardrobes to create your own dance studio with storage, or upcycle old furniture, and transform it into something special, bedroom furniture says a lot about who you are as a person. Let’s take the mirrored wardrobes that I have in my room, and why I chose it. Although I knew that mirrors are a pain to clean, I wanted a mirrored wardrobe because I dance, do yoga, and workout, so wanted it for practical reasons. From an aesthetic point of view, I love mirrors because it looks bold, helps me get dressed in the morning, and is very helpful when I am trying to decide on outfits to wear.
Mirrors are also elegant, and classy, and help make even the smallest of rooms larger. Why? Because mirrors create an illusion of depth. An optical illusion occurs as the mirror reflects light and color across the room. To the human eye, we see these bouncing reflections as increased volume, making the room look bigger. For me, this is a bonus, because I like large rooms, as I am claustrophobic. When a room looks cluttered and small, it makes me feel like I am trapped in my own bedroom. The mirrors help open up the room, and create an eclectic bedroom design that is aesthetically pleasing, as well as practical. And it’s not just mirrors, even small furniture details like the bed frame you use, gives you freedom to play around with your room.
For example, since your bed takes up most of the floor space in your bedroom, it should also set the tone for your eclectic design, gluing everything together.Think about what styles you like the most and decide on the one you like best. You can then use your favourite as inspiration when shopping for bed frames, and add subtle bold bedroom decor into your room. If you are a traditionalist, a classic pine or oak bed works as a blank canvas. If you are looking for something more modern, you can go for a metal bed frame with a fancy ornamental headboard and footboard. Want to try something different? Why not buy a plain coloured frame and headboard (like we have done), and decorate it in your favourite colour or print. In our case, our bed frame is bold red, which matches our bedroom, and accessories dotted around the room. It also contrasts with the neutral furniture like the cabinets, and chest of draws, which creates a tonal bedroom.
Hang Eclectic Artwork In Your Bedroom
Speaking of eclecticism, hanging artwork in your bedroom is a great way of adding character. While you should know that less is more with bold design, at the same time, just have fun. Eclectisism requires focus, but you can still have a blast making any contrasting and opposing styles work together, but not when there’s too much going on! If you love street art like me, you might like a few paintings that pay homage to your favourite street artists. Ones I would reccomend include Dan Kitchener, famed for his watercolour ‘cityscapes’, Jay Kaes who has modern art that addresses current issues, and of course Banksy, who’s known for elusive stencil art. There are plenty of art stores that you can buy street art from including the artists own websites, Art Republic, Nuinx, Etsy, and Landmark Street Art. I myself have a few street art paintings in my bedroom, and living room.
If you want to find other types of eclectic art, the best websites to checkout would be Posterlounge, Desenio, Papier and PSTR Studio. Posterlounge is great because it does really affordable canvas prints, that are colourful, and features art from popular culture like films, music, and TV. It also does parodies of classical art, contemporary art, and plays homage to art periods like surrealism, neo-romanticisism, and pop art to name a few. On the other hand Desenio has a focus on prints with Scandanavian design, including photographic prints, black and white images and cool retro wall art. Papier is another cool art store, as it also offers stationairy, as well as framed art and photo prints, which often involve slogans, quotes, and small splashes of colour, in a neat and petite painting. PSTR Studio is another great place to buy art, which takes inspiration from vintage posters around the world, and digitally restores them so they are ready for printing.
You might be wondering how to style your eclectic bedroom art. The best walls for art in the bedroom are directly over the bed or on the wall opposite the bed. Large scale pieces are best and should be hung at eye level. You should look for art that holds meaning, shows who you are, and brings personality to your bedroom. What art periods speak to you, what are your favourite colours, and what art prints do you like? For example in my case I like surrealism, street art, cubism, and abstract art, to name a few. My favourite colour is red, but I also love blues and pinks, and my favourite print without a shadow of a doubt is floral. So you can see that my choices are out there, unique, and definitely eye-catching, which is what I look for not only in art, but also fashion, homeware, and even books too. Remember, the art you choose sets the mood for your bedroom. In our case our art choices signify playfulness, energy, and creativity, which is exactly the vibe that I look for in a bedroom.
Design A Bedroom Inspired By Your Travels
All of us will travel in our lifetime, whether that be staycations, weekend breaks, or fortnightly trips abroad. Your bedroom is a great way of paying homage to your travels, and highlighting your beautiful phoros, souveneirs, and your favourite vacations. For me, I have a world map, which has pins on the places I have visited around the world, and also personalization for places that are on my ‘to-visit list’ making it personal to me. It acts as a travel diary, and pairs well with other green, and blue elements that I have in the bedroom, and living room. I also put up photos from travelling on a dedicated pinboard, with memories that mean the most to me, and have scrapbooks, with travel tickets, photos and other memorabillia. Its a really fun way of reminding yourself on your travels, and makes a lovely keepsake too.
If you don’t want to be too literal with the travel theme, you can decorate your home with vintage suitcases, display postcards, or even have a ‘travel themed bookshelf’ for subtle global elements. However, if like me, you don’t shy away from ‘mixing and matching’, then you will love the following ideas. Start off small, and add cushions inspired by your travels. It can be patchwork cushions from Morroco, a tropical print that pays homage to your stay in the Carribean, or cushions that are even personalized with your own travel photos. Then when you are feeling brave you can add more noticeable travel pieces, like framed art, an actual globe, create a travel accent wall, and have travel light fixtures. I love the idea of a travel gallery wall, which includes framed prints and personal photography, because its all about what you want to see out of your travel bedroom. For me my favorite vacations have been Madeira, and Tuscany, so this would have a huge focus in my room.
Why? Because when I think back to all the places I have visited in the world, these are the two countries that have made the strongest impression on me. So naturally, it is a good way to keep experiences in your visual memory. Plus, whenever you look at that photo, memories of that adventure will come back, as you reminisce. That could be a memory of the person you holidayed with, lost loved ones, or even what you loved about the trip, and what you would do differently next time. This creates a personalized collage, which looks gorgeous, especially when using bold coloured frames, depending on your colour scheme. So what do you say? Will your bold bedroom decor, be travel themed?
What Are Your Bold Bedroom Ideas For Eclectic Design?
Please note, this is a collaborative post but all thoughts are my own and are not affected by monetary compensation. I would love to know whether you are a fan of eclectisism, and if there are any bold bedroom ideas that I have missed out in this roundup? Let me know in the comments below.