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Tasteless friends, what is the name for mismatched furniture style?

Basically the opposite of interior decorating matching items?

by Anonymousreply 34March 26, 2023 5:52 PM

Frasier called it eclectic.

by Anonymousreply 1March 24, 2023 7:13 PM


by Anonymousreply 2March 24, 2023 7:13 PM

Emily called it eclectic on [italic]the Bob Newhart Show[/italic].

by Anonymousreply 3March 24, 2023 7:15 PM

^ except it sounded as if she was saying "egglectic"

by Anonymousreply 4March 24, 2023 7:19 PM



"Straight guy".

by Anonymousreply 5March 24, 2023 7:19 PM

So far it seems to be from the Invisible School.

by Anonymousreply 6March 24, 2023 7:20 PM

Eclectic implies a sense of sophistication and intention

I'm talking about a style that just randomly gathered crap over the years, like the Connors' home in Roseanne. Is that still eclectic?

by Anonymousreply 7March 24, 2023 7:21 PM

I actually eclectic if done right.

by Anonymousreply 8March 24, 2023 7:22 PM

That's tacky R7.

by Anonymousreply 9March 24, 2023 7:23 PM

That's a WASSILY!

by Anonymousreply 10March 24, 2023 7:28 PM

Agree, look up 'eclectic'. Doesn't mean it looks good, it just means it's a mix of old, new, exotic, fun, funky, and differing ideas and styles. It can easily come off looking like a cyclone hit or someone took a bad acid trip.

by Anonymousreply 11March 24, 2023 7:29 PM

fat whore durr

by Anonymousreply 12March 24, 2023 7:44 PM

I think it's called Most People's Houses.

by Anonymousreply 13March 24, 2023 7:46 PM

R5- straight guy! PMSL

Pics please OP to give us some ideas.

I mismatch furniture intentionally.

by Anonymousreply 14March 24, 2023 8:05 PM

Eclectic is better than matchy matchy.

by Anonymousreply 15March 24, 2023 9:10 PM

Eclectic, studio or cottage style, bohemian are other descriptions.

by Anonymousreply 16March 24, 2023 9:47 PM

Uh, like when we had the IKEA bookshelf alongside a Louis XV fauteuil in Frogmore Cottage?

That was so neat and relatable!

by Anonymousreply 17March 24, 2023 9:50 PM

I believe the TFs thread from yesterday shows "tacky" eclectic perfectly.

by Anonymousreply 18March 24, 2023 9:59 PM

Carefully curated furniture and pieces collected throughout the years....some hand me downs from family. The WASPy way to put it.

by Anonymousreply 19March 24, 2023 10:05 PM

Everything matching screams amateur, first home, or nouveau riche.

by Anonymousreply 20March 24, 2023 10:06 PM

Plenty of examples of eclectic here. The point is, the pieces are 'quality' and none are OTT.

by Anonymousreply 21March 24, 2023 10:14 PM

Link here to R21

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by Anonymousreply 22March 24, 2023 10:14 PM

It’s called harlequin for some reason in my family. Not furniture, but dishes, silverware, linens etc were called “harlequin sets” by the now deceased older generation.

by Anonymousreply 23March 24, 2023 10:19 PM

Ask Nate and Jeremiah, they don't suggest "sets" of living room or bedroom furniture.

by Anonymousreply 24March 24, 2023 10:22 PM

Old money.

by Anonymousreply 25March 24, 2023 10:25 PM


by Anonymousreply 26March 24, 2023 10:27 PM

modern farmhouse

by Anonymousreply 27March 24, 2023 10:28 PM

Shabby Chic?

by Anonymousreply 28March 24, 2023 10:28 PM

Everything matching/co-ordinating suggests unoriginality, Nicholas Fairford with his beiges and accents of green is so basic.

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by Anonymousreply 29March 24, 2023 10:29 PM

R23 never look up that baby

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by Anonymousreply 31March 26, 2023 5:04 PM

Good eclecticc.

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by Anonymousreply 32March 26, 2023 5:07 PM

It depends on the origins of the "mismatched" furniture.

"Student eclectic" is very different from "old family pieces with some matching pieces and others not matched and not altered to use the same 'eggplant, squash blossom and Jungle Red' color scheme Madam may wish to impose for unity."

I cringe at too-divergent fabric choices and wood types, but prefer rooms that tell me something about the then-and-now of the residents. I loathe formal drawing rooms that are unused and for which no one dresses appropriately when they are used. The former smells like last-century parvenus and looks like a 1968 Peter Sellers movie when Taylor is sitting in her cut-off shorts while Dakota in his sweats is hanging a leg over the Louis XVI chair armrest, bare foot dangling.

by Anonymousreply 33March 26, 2023 5:38 PM


by Anonymousreply 34March 26, 2023 5:52 PM
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