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5 Tips for Creating Ethnic-Eclectic Rooms


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Open Your Mind
Include small details that you love in addition to great focal points that complement your décor.
Include small details that you love in addition to great focal points that complement your décor.
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It's simple enough to create a well-coordinated space when you stick with a single style, like modern, American traditional, rustic, "shabby chic," or American West. It's fairly safe to say your modern couch will match your modern end table.

But what about when you're mixing styles? Here, you need to set aside traditional thinking and contemplate the impossible: that African can meet Indian can meet Bohemian and not just work, but work beautifully.

So begin your ethnic-eclectic adventure by setting aside the idea of "matching" and picking up the idea of "consistency." Your couch and end table needn't be the same style to look great together. A cherry-blossomed, Japanese screen can really spice up a traditional beige sofa.

They do, however, need to have something in common. But we'll get to that a bit later.

First, you'll decide which styles you want to incorporate -- and that doesn't mean picking something from every culture that catches your eye


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