It's Eclectic | Chad Renfro
Who says you always have to match? It’s far more interesting to get creative. Chad Renfro of Chad Renfro Design in Palm Beach says eclecticism is one of the hottest design trends and can be obtained in a number of ways. “There is no rule regarding eclecticism, and that’s what makes it so much fun,” he says.
Combining vintage and modern pieces is one way to be eclectic. Refurbishing antique chairs or sofas with a modern fabric instantly adds an element of surprise. You can also mix colors, patterns, decades and textures—but proceed with caution. If in doubt about the compatibility of certain styles, rely on the trained eye of a professional.
Below, these eclectic pieces and dressed-up rooms bring an exuberance to any space, matched with a few words of advice to keep things chaotically controlled.
|This living room by HomeLife Interiors combines modern accents and bold art with casual pieces. Photo by Big Blue Photography.|
Don't be afraid to mix and match.
If you don’t think two things go together, try it anyway. “It’s sometimes through these combinations or trials that you come up with the best look.”
|Arie chair, The Divine Chair ($1,708, thedivinechair.com).|
|Ronda table lamp (far left), Currey & Co. ($990, 561-833-0880).|
Old meets new.
Have a great antique sofa or loveseat that looks a little worse for wear? Get crafty and refinish it with a patterned fabric or paint it a bold color.
|Harper sofa, Pal + Smith (price on request, 888-725-7684).|
| Estambul print rug, VIU Home ($1,152, viuhome.com).
Make a statement.
Picking one quirky piece and incorporating it into a simply designed room will immediately imbue your space with eclecticism.
|Lily dressing table, Angela Adams ($7,775, angelaadams.com).|
|Bark kuba (left) and Flame lattice fabrics, Serena & Lily ($50 per yard, serenaandlily.com).|
|This bedroom, by Adelene Keeler Smith, combines a patterned wallpaper and various textures in compatible earth tones.|