Eclectic interiors are all about expressing yourself through an artfully blended fusion of traditionally mismatching forms and styles. They offer a great opportunity to experiment with different design periods, allowing unexpected pieces, colours and patterns to come together in harmony. By blending antique with contemporary, the eclectic style creates a dynamic setting that excites the mind and delights even those with the most exquisite of tastes. 

If toying with the idea of living inside a carefully curated art collection makes your heart sing, you will be happy to learn that pulling off a successful eclectic interior space is much easier than you may think. 

Especially if we are talking about an eclectic bedroom.

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When it comes to decorating, a bedroom is probably the most commonly neglected room in the house. However, when it’s not being left behind, it can serve as a magnificent playground for the individual’s quirks and passions to unfold. Temples to their owner’s personal style and sensibility, eclectic bedrooms are perfect for those who enjoy putting their creativity to the test. 

Embracing unlimited decorating freedom, these rooms are ever-evolving works of art that take time to reveal the layers of their authentic charm. It’s all about finding the balance between what you love and what the room truly needs. As the bedroom is not an ideal place for a sensory overload you will want to take your time to get the look just right.

A relaxed approach to decorating rules is one of the hallmarks of the eclectic style, so a common misconception here is that you can get by with just about anything. But while breaking the rules might be encouraged, maintaining control over the overall mood is crucial. And the single most effective way to land spades of character into an eclectic vintage bedroom is by perfecting your lighting choices.

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Large Murano Glass Drops Chandelier By Paolo Venini For Venini, 1960s

Here is what you need to know.

Vintage lighting as an element of surprise

Those with a flair for the eclectic aesthetic often marvel at the bright and energising hues of the spectrum and rarely shy away from introducing them into their homes. But while a bold pop of colour can be a refreshing statement inside the living room, an eclectic bedroom will be much better off with a more soothing colour scheme.

To avoid overly stimulating colours and still make a big impact, choose an eclectic vintage lighting as the hero piece for the room.

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Antique Brass Lamp With Decorative Shade

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Small Star Shades

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Vintage Deco Style Mottled Glass Pendant Light Lamp Shade

Add a focal point with a chic vintage chandelier

With so many exciting pieces competing for attention, establishing a single focal point is crucial to creating an attractive eclectic vintage bedroom. Opting for a chic chandelier is one of the easiest ways to introduce an element of surprise without overcomplicating the layout. An eclectic chandelier will be powerful enough to set the tone for the entire bedroom and still leave space for the room to evolve over the years.

Let an oversized chandelier shine in the excitement and leave the rest of the bedroom as unassuming and unpretentious as possible.

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How to add character to your bedroom with eclectic lighting references | Vinterior

Large Chandelier By Toni Zuccheri For Venini, 1960s

How to add character to your bedroom with eclectic lighting references | Vinterior

Large Imposing 1960s Ceiling Lamp Chandelier In Brass With Acrylic Glass Pearls

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Large ‘Uchiwa’ Chandelier By Ingo Maurer For M Design 1970s

Create a spectacle with large ceiling lights 

Go big or go home. While it has always been worth investing in an oversized lighting fixture, over the past couple of years we’ve witnessed the surge of interest to this luxe trend. But if you are not huge on chandeliers and prefer your lighting fixtures to be less prominent, consider using large ceiling lights instead.

However, don’t let the size be the only extravagant factor here. Choose bright metallics and sumptuous shapes to add some bling and spark curiosity. In an eclectic bedroom, lighting is key and should inspire the overall ethos of the space, so find your muse and make it a star of the show.

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Large Flush Mounted Ceiling Light, 50s Italian

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Large Murano Glass Ceiling Light Flushmount

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Large Curvati Rainbow Ceiling Light, Amber Triedri, 24 Murano Glasses

Use the light shades to add a touch of whimsy

There is much more to light shades than simply protecting an eye from direct light. Whether you are looking for a wall light, table lamp, pendant or floor lamp, opting for a thrifted light shade with character is a great opportunity to personalize your eclectic bedroom and make it stand out. 

With so many exciting alternatives out there, it is possible to source a unique light shade that will seem like a cherry on top of your eclectic bedroom. All the time and effort invested in sourcing just the piece is nothing compared to the satisfaction of landing your eyes on the perfect match. 

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Mid Century 60s Woven Bamboo, Wicker, Lights hades

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Antique Victorian Ornate Telescopic Brass Standing Lamp With Shade

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Antique Quality Moorcroft Ceramic Table Lamp With Shade

Experiment with vintage pendants to show off character

Vintage pendants are a versatile group, providing handy solutions to just about any interior space. Coming in all sizes, shapes and hues they offer a promise of contentment and practicality. But there is one special kind of vintage pendants that truly rocks the entire eclectic bedroom concept – small bedside pendant lamps.

Like hotspots of beauty and functionality, these lights celebrate bedtime and create stylish little islands above the bed. Due to their small scale and a precisely chosen location, they frame the bed while providing a beautiful decorative reference.

There is something captivating about these tiny glass vintage pendants that makes us feel calm. It is no wonder why they established themselves as a micro trend.

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How to add character to your bedroom with eclectic lighting references | Vinterior

Seguso Murano Pendant Light Italian Vintage Handblown Amber Bubble Glass

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Crystal Glass Pendant Light With Swagged Brass Trim

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Czech Bubble Glass Pendant Lights

The eclectic bedroom is a fusion of contrasting elements, brought together in a unifying image. They showcase the art of living in the most individual fashion and as such, they should never be taken too seriously.

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