Like you, I couldn't be a bigger fan of Joanna Gaines and the design trends that have proven popular on HGTV and Instagram over the last few years.
But in my own home, I've felt increasingly compelled to do something "different" to mix it up.
Call it the artist in me, maybe?
I need something weird & unexpected in a room for it to feel right to me.
In this post, I'm showing you 9 quick and easy ways to incorporate an artistic & offbeat side of you into your existing home aesthetic.
...It's one thing to say you like unique decor --- but another thing entirely to mix it in WITHOUT feeling like you've created a crazy person's haunted house!
From one mom's home to another -- I hope you enjoy these decor tips to bring out the artist in YOU.
1. Charts as Artwork
One of the easiest ways to start your style journey is to consider what interests you. Who knows you better than yourself? By focusing on your interests, you can seamlessly incorporate eclectic style choices into your everyday life.
One unique style trend that we have seen a lot of this year is the showcasing of charts, infographics, and educational posters as art. These quirky pieces almost make the job too easy. You can find charts covering a variety of topics in a plethora of different art styles.
By incorporating the things that interest you, you can find charts that rival some of the best art money can buy. Whether you like reading your horoscope online or identifying local plant life, you can find a chart that is both educational and a beautiful addition to your home and living space.
2. Black Accessories
Black can be an underutilized color in regards to eclectic style choices, and for a good reason. Black can be an extremely dominating color, and it can quickly overtake your living spaces if you let it.
However, a pop of dramatic black can be to die for.
The added layer of drama and class that comes from adding black accent pieces can make the right kind of statement. We suggest starting small and working your way up to larger black furnishings.
A black vase or a few black throw pillows can be an easy way to add a statement piece without feeling suffocated by dark colors and textiles.
3. Hanging Lights & Plants
Running out of surface space? Not enough floor space to go around?
Look no further than your own ceiling for a way to incorporate a new eclectic twist to your home without wasting valuable living space.
Consider picking out a vintage chandelier or light fixture. Finding something functional and cool can be a fun journey and can easily become a showstopper in your home.
No electric hookups? No problem.
A simple hanging plant can be an easy way to add some greenery and style to your home. Think about the type of plant, the pot, and the hanging material. These are infinitely customizable and a classic way to spice up your home.
4. Stars as a Motif
Stars in your home shouldn’t just be for the children in your life.
Stars are known to be a guiding light, and by adding layers of stars to your home, you can tie together your interior design.
Eclectic design needs to be organized and curated. By adding a motif to tie the whole space together, you can easily add a level of refined class to your space.
Stars can be an easy way to do this as they are widely available and found in various mediums. By adding several pieces that feature stars, you instantly tie the room to-
gether, and your visitors are sure to think you’ve spent tons of money on an interior designer.
So, find your guiding light and add some twinkle to your life.
5. Vintage Illustrations
Much like our suggestions on charts, adding a vintage illustration to your space is an easy way to add some old school cool to your surroundings.
Long before we had endless Instagram pictures to scroll through, illustrations used to be the only way to show others information and images. Today, these pieces are highly sought after for their stunning art and historical value.
By adding some vintage flair, you can easily add contrast to an otherwise modern living space. Combing and contrasting is the hallmark of achieving eclectic styles.
Vintage illustrations are an easy way to dive into vintage pieces without totally breaking the bank.
6. Lounge on the Ground
Next time you’re in the market for new seating options, you should think outside the box.
Ground seating doesn’t have to mean making your friends sit on your vintage rug like a child.
In recent years, alternative ground seating options have become incredibly popular due to their often customizable nature.
Whether investing in a low to the floor Turkish ottoman or a few plush velvet bean bag loungers, you can find new ways to offer your guests seating without making them feel like the odd one out when the couch is full.
I know, I KNOW. We said start small.
But who can resist showing off all the unique and eclectic designs and pieces they’ve worked so hard to curate?
Whether you own every piece of vintage mushroom pottery you could get your hands on, or you’re a collector of framed butterfly specimens, show off your unique collection by leaning into the items and pieces you are drawn to.
Much like adding a motif, featuring many things that feature a similar connecting element is an easy way to add an eclectic twist and turn your collection into functional art and decor.
8. Music as an Environment
Don’t just think about physical objects you can place in your environment; think about the ambiance of the space you wish to create.
Taking inspiration from the sounds and beats that inspire you can be an excellent way to add an additional stylistic element to your space. A decorative speaker is welcomed
in nearly every environment.
Adding sound and music to any space can also give you that feeling of getting to live inside of the world of your favorite soundtrack or album. This can beautifully influence your design choices without putting too much pressure on yourself.
Don’t worry, impromptu concerts are not mandatory in this eclectic style trend. Your secret solo performances are safe with us.
9. Cozy Outdoor Spaces
Finally, don’t forget to take the party outside.
Outdoor spaces can often be forgotten on your journey to the home of your dreams. Your decor shouldn’t just stop at the backdoor. Look into adding funky and cozy pieces
to your outdoor plans.
String lights, macrame hammocks, and canopies can make your outdoor space warm and inviting. By creating a focal point with pieces like these, you actually save yourself
so much time and money on landscaping as you get to decide where your guests are looking.
By making yourself a cozy spot outside, you might just find yourself enjoying the great outdoors a little bit more.
The moral of the story is this: Find the things that speak to you and keep it simple.
It is easy to go overboard when attempting to achieve an eclectic style in your own home.
By starting with what you know and love, you can improve your interior design skills organically.
So jump right in! Find the items that bring you joy and let everyone know where your eclectic home journey began: at Sunlight South.