Eclectic painted furniture

Eclectic painted furniture DEFAULT
My significant other has acquired an adobe home with several pieces of antique furniture. We've recently painted the walls in the house a candlelit white shade. Although the pieces are really nice and unique when standing on their own, the furniture really makes the house seem dark, clunky and dungeon-like when looking at the pieces all together.

There is also a set of wooden doors which will remain in the house that have a dungeon-like quality.

I'm inspired by what I see in Restoration Hardware (blacks, grays, creams, espresso, light re-finished woods) catalogs but am not sure how to pull this off as far as painting or re-finishing the furniture.

I'd really appreciate any suggestions for painting some of the existing furniture. Thank you!

An eclectic approach to decorating can be challenging. For advice on how to pull off this unique aesthetic in your home, we invited interior designer Jennifer Adams, author of Love Coming Home, interior designer Rita Konig and mid-century modern furniture company Joybird to share their the do's and dont's.

DO: Mix Textures

Incorporating both rough and smooth textures adds interest to an interior, especially when you choose a simple color palette. "Consider shaggy throw rugs or pillows, nubby or thick, weave fabrics on furniture, rough wooden treasures or furniture, and soft, smooth finishes on iron or other metals," says Adams.

DON'T: Forget to Use One Texture Multiple Times

While combining textures is key, there's also room to use one texture at least three times in different spots throughout a home, Adams advises. It helps to maintain a cohesive look.

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DO: Consider Negative Spaces

When it comes to an eclectic decorating style, know that your eye needs a place to rest. "Keep some spaces on shelves and tables empty, and consider the outline of an array of artwork for an interesting shape of the wall behind," Adams says. "It’s not just about what you display. Sometimes it’s about what you leave out."

DON'T: Display Your Entire Collection

There's no need to put your entire collection on display all at once. To maintain an environment that's full of character, Adams prefers to mix things up. "Edit to just your favorite few, and rotate the pieces for variety or seasonally," she says.

DO: Consider Layout

When planning out an eclectic style space, it's easy to get caught up in which colors, textures, and patterns will bring the look together. However, don't forget about placement. "I think layout is one of the most important things in a room, more than the color or the fabrics," says Konig. "The layout of the furniture is what will make it comfortable and feel like a room you want to be in." Before you start purchasing decor for the room, nail down where each piece of furniture will go. You may find you actually don't have space for that quirky floor lamp or 19th-century chest.

DON'T: Forget A Focal Point

When you arrange your layout, remember: Though eclectic style does involve combining styles and periods through a wide variety of items, the curated look shouldn't lack focus. Joybird suggests creating a focal point (or accentuating an existing one) with an eye-catching element — say, an accent wall, fireplace, or bold decorative item.

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DO: Consider Utility

As you determine the decor you'll incorporate into your eclectic design, don't forget that the room is meant to be lived in. "Let utility inform your decorations," says Konig. "It is quite daunting to be faced with an empty room and have to consider the colors and fabrics you'll use to decorate it, but utility is a great decorator. Think of how you use a room to help pull it together." Consider baskets, bookshelves, drinks trays, and card tables. These elements lend a cozy, lived-in atmosphere to your room.

DON'T: Be Inconsistent

The nature of eclectic style is varied, but each room in your home should still complement the others. "Carry eclecticism throughout your home to create flow," suggests Joybird. "Your space will look disjointed if the style changes abruptly from one room to the next." If you decide your home is ready for an eclectic upgrade, make it a commitment that's reflected in each room throughout the house.

Courtesy of Rita Konig

DO: Pick One Go-To Color

One color should serve as a unifying factor throughout your design. "Let color serve as the great equalizer, pulling together the overall look," suggests Joybird. Whether your go-to color is an olive green or off-white, consistently return to it while decorating for a cohesive look.

DON'T: Compare Hues

When you're picking your go-to color, don't be tempted to sample paints on the wall, making your decision from a lineup of colors. "The colors will do weird things to each other, and it will get very confusing," says Konig. "Paint the colors you like onto boards, then look at them in isolation." Painted boards also come in handy for reference when you're shopping for decor or fabrics.

Courtesy of Rita Konig

DO: Practice Balance

Make it a goal to find balance in scale and symmetry. "Similar lines create design harmony, even if the pieces are different styles, textures, or from different periods," says Joybird. Don't sacrifice organization for diversity.

DON'T: Mistake Eclectic For "Anything Goes"

Styling eclectic rooms doesn't mean tossing every rule. "There's a very fine line between layered and collected to busy and distracting," says Joybird. "Put a cap on the number of contrasting styles in one room to avoid things feeling random."

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DO: Give New Styles A Chance

When you try a new eclectic style, and don't like the outcome, don't give in to the temptation to change it right away. "Wait until the room is complete and live with it for a while," says Konig. "The things that feel like a big deal when you are first decorating a room [like an unexpectedly bright paint color] fall into the background once the space becomes filled with furniture and other items."

DON'T: Be Reserved

Eclectic style is characterized by a multitude of fabrics, patterns, and art items. "Home accents like rugs, paintings, objects d'art, and throw pillows are convenient ways to bring a considered mismatch into any room," says Joybird.

Monique ValerisSenior Home Editor, Good HousekeepingMonique Valeris is the senior home editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers decorating ideas, home tours, gift guides and more.

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Perhaps it's no surprise that this year has seen the rise in one interior style in particular: Bloomsbury style. The decorating style originally became popular from 1916 onwards – a period of austerity between wars, when people had less to spend, and it was all about 'make do and mend'.

Bloomsbury style involves transforming, upcycling, and decorating everything that surrounds you, from painting the walls and doors to the wood furniture and even lamp bases and lamp shades.

The free-spirited painting style was born in a farmhouse on the South Downs in East Sussex called Charleston – not to be confused with Charleston, South Carolina. This English country house became the meeting place of the original Bloomsbury Group – a close-knit circle of artists, writers and intellectuals. Artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant set about enlivening the dark, old interior by painting and adorning every surface with enchanting, naive graphics and striking, country-influenced images. 

See Also: Explore an eclectic, Grade II-listed townhouse with a rich 'Bloomsbury Set' history – Virginia Woolf used to dance in the kitchen...

Bloomsbury style was a radical break from traditional Victorian and Edwardian interiors, and the key elements are inspiring us once more.

This year, as people have had more time at home, more people have picked up a paintbrush and taken to decorating the space around them, and our Instagram feeds are becoming increasingly populated with murals, painted fireplaces, and decorated, upcycled pieces.

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Leading the way are designer Cressida Bell, granddaughter of Vanessa Bell, artist and resident of Charleston Farmhouse, and artist Tess Newall who paints whimsical murals and folksy furniture. 

Meanwhile designer Eppie Thompson behind The Fabled Thread took to decorating her English home this year, from painting built-in bookcases to chests of drawers and accessories like picture frames and lampshades...

Even her fireplace got the Charleston-inspired, Bloomsbury style paint treatment...

It's not just proving popular in England; French designer Nathalie Lete also spent her lockdown decorating her home with Charleston-inspired murals...

No wall was left untouched during the time spent in quarantine.

This year there has been a treasure trove of artists and businesses born out of lockdown. One pair of ladies in particular have emerged out of the woodwork with distinctly Bloomsbury style homeware; artist Jane McCall and business partner Jane Howard launched their painted lamps and lampshades shop, aptly named Bloomsbury Revisited.

(Image credit: Bloomsbury Revisited)

(Image credit: Bloomsbury Revisited)

The pair have been friends for 20 years, and this year artist Jane McCall moved next door to Jane Howard's family run farm so the pair could launch a business together. At the start of the year, their plan was to paint and decorate furniture, lamps and lampshades to sell at fairs, but when Covid-19 hit, they had to come up with a new plan. "We'll have to set up a website," they decided. So in between calving, looking after cows, pigs, sheep and chickens, and collecting honey from the farm's beehives, the pair built up their business.

(Image credit: Bloomsbury Revisited)

(Image credit: Bloomsbury Revisited)

(Image credit: Bloomsbury Revisited)

Jane McCall has always painted in the Bloomsbury style and feels that "art shouldn't just be in a frame". She paints very loosely and freely, and no lampshade is the same as they're each done by hand – this brings the added benefit of being able to customise them slightly, for example if a customer wanted a particular colourway, they would just need to make a note of the Farrow & Ball colours to match.

While the business started with selling lampshades online, they've now also expanded into lamp bases. Some customers have sent in lampshades to be painted; some wonderfully odd shapes, and others part of a large set to go on chandeliers.

As for the striking tables, mirrors and trays that they were originally hoping to sell at markets, those are a little trickier to dispatch and ship – but the pair would be happy for people to collect.

When Jane McCall isn't painting lampshades, she's hosting painting workshops at Curious House, and business partner Jane Howard is still very much involved with the day to day running of her family farm.

(Image credit: Bloomsbury Revisited)

(Image credit: Bloomsbury Revisited)

(Image credit: Bloomsbury Revisited)

The lampshades are very reasonably priced, ranging from £60 for a small to £100 for an extra large one.

Commenting on the popularity of the style this year, the pair tell us: "The original Bloomsbury style was a bit like coming out of austerity – it was a time between the wars. This year too, people have been looking to decorate their homes themselves, to 'make do and mend', and give painting more of a go."

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Eclectic Vintage Design a ‘hidden gem’ in Oceanside

Eclectic, described as Oceanside’s “hidden gem,” opened their new store last fall. After three years on Mission, owners Rick Maxey and Kim Jacklin moved into their beautifully remodeled space on Oceanside Boulevard, just east of College. Their new business plan has been revamped to curate local artisans, and have focused on bringing to market some talented SoCal makers.  The new location offers a variety of home decor, handcrafted pottery, fresh and faux succulents, jewelry, Fair Trade Clothing, handbags, soaps, lotions, essential oils, candles, and custom painted furniture, signs, and much, much more. Need a custom sign for your home? A custom gift for a special occasion? A unique painted piece of furniture? You will likely find it or be able to have it made at Eclectic. The 2,700 square foot showroom is filled with unique, quality crafted merchandise at very affordable prices. 

Eclectic offers workshops, classes, and parties onsite. Workshops have been recently expanded  to include guest artists instructing a variety of media, from acrylic painting on canvas to mixed media, macrame, and more. Workshops are conducted in a casual, stress-free manner, whether you’re a novice or experienced crafter. Want something fun to do with family, friends, or co-workers? Schedule a private painting party! Flexible times are offered. Visit their website at to view upcoming workshops. 

There are also workshops available for the DIY’er wanting to learn how to paint furniture and cabinets. Custom furniture painting services are available. Eclectic is a top 100 premier retailer for the Dixie Belle Paint Company line of no VOC chalk mineral based paints and products. For more information call 760-231-7899, or follow them on Facebook/Instagram. The store is located at Oceanside Marketplace, 4259 Oceanside Boulevard, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 5, and on Sunday, 11 – 3. 

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Your Answered Questions

How do you evaluate whether to do a feature wall of wallpaper, or the whole room?

The architecture tells me when a feature wall is a good option. Generally in smaller rooms where there is something special on each wall, such as fireplaces and windows, I prefer to treat all the walls the same.  Likewise, a wall with a lot of doorways is a poor choice for a feature wall.  Contrasting a wall with paper or color is a great option for rooms that lack a strong focal point - and to draw focus to important furnishings such as beds and sofas.

What are some tactics that I can use for hanging art in an open floor plan?

In open floor plans, wall space is very often either vast or small, and finding that medium sized wall to easily scale art to is tricky.  I recommend focusing on the large walls that have the most visual impact from numerous perspectives. You can use multiple pieces together for an emphatic gallery style installation.  One of the most important resources you can have is a local framer with good taste - they can help pull together disparate pieces with similar framing and matting. I personally prefer shades of ivory, white, and dove grey for matting, depending on the tones in the art.  Commit to a wider mat size to expand the impact of the art and to provide that coveted white space that helps isolate and dramatic the subject matter.

What do you suggest for art down a long hall corridor?

When possible in a long hallway, I think art should be placed where it is best viewed from the spaces that open off to left and right. Do not feel that the art needs to march along the whole length, evenly distributed along the way.  It is more striking to create open space between strong statements, which can also punctuate and enhance the proportions of the hall. 

How do you hang art in a space that has tall ceilings? 

I do not let the ceiling height dictate the art height as much as the scale of the furniture and architectural proportions such as door and window headers.  Generally I prefer to hang art a little lower that standing eye level.  If art hangs too high above furniture, it has a cold effect, as though the art and furnishings are not trying to make friends.

How do you use mirrors in a space?

I am a big fan of mirrors.  They magnify light, create an illusion of greater space, and reflect perspectives on the room not always perceived in real space.  The beauty of mirrors is that, very much unlike art, the only thing you have to fall in love with is the frame.  I use them in clusters, alone as statement pieces, and as filler in larger gallery wall installations.

What do you think about farmhouse style?

I try not to be mad at any trend because variety is the spice of life, although I would say take an eclectic approach to design.  Then when trends or - most importantly - your tastes change, you are not stuck disliking most of your design.  The other thing to consider is that by the time a style is really saturated, it is already past being the freshest idea - and there are a lot of inferior imitators. Try to find the most authentic and well-made versions of any trend.

Is it okay to mix color schemes as you go from room to room?

Flow is always important from one space to another. Sometimes it's tempting to think this means that the same two of three colors keep repeating from room to room, but this is not necessarily the only way to achieve flow.  A few strong accessories, a couple of toss pillows, or a striking piece of art can be enough to reference color from an adjacent space.  The thing about color is that it should always look like you know what you're doing, so that a room should never come completely out of left field with zero relationship to other spaces.

What about mixing pattern - how do you make it look like they go together?

Mixing patterns is really tricky and it happens best when it happens slowly and organically, adding a piece here and there in a design that evolves over months and even years.  However, designers have to be able to establish striking mixes in real time, too, so we rely on some general principles to make the right choices.  One rule of thumb is make sure there is marked difference in scale from one pattern to another.  Also, geometric and linear designs look great next to organic, curving lines, which is why, despite some ups and downs in popularity, florals and checks are a long-established match made in heaven.

Where is reupholstery these days?

Because MakeNest is all about sustainable design, we are also big fans of reupholstering furniture.  The better the quality of the furniture, the more sense it makes to recover it.  Depending on the arm style and other construction details, the styling can often be changed by a talented upholsterer to update the look.  There are few pleasures in design greater than seeing a piece of upholstery come back from the upholsterer with a whole new look.  It is as fun as getting news clothes in your wardrobe.


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