Eclectic is an umbrella term for anything that mixes genres of design. So often it’s a nice way of describing spaces that don’t really have a rooted identity. With the peril that can so often befall such spaces, it’s important to find harmony amongst differing pieces. That’s why when we came across this living room in Yarrow Point, Washington by designer and good friend of the mag, Brian Paquette, we knew it would serve as a great example of how to achieve eclectic design.

Foundational pieces should always be classic: If you’re going to be adding in many pieces with personality, you must start with an elegant and classic foundation. A gray linen blend sectional sets the sophisticated tone for this living room, giving the other pieces of furniture and accessories a place to rely on.

A textured area rug without too much pattern: when in doubt opt for texture over pattern. The Moroccan area rug in this living room as a subtle line pattern to it but its true beauty comes in the plush texture that invites you to walk on it barefoot. Two more tips relating to textured rugs: most of your furniture should be raised above the rug – that means that in order to offset the thickness of the rug, choose tables and chairs with legs. Secondly, when it comes to vintage and handmade rugs, the color can often drift into the yellow direction. Make sure your “white” rug is actually closer to white than a custard color.

Side tables, pillows, and artwork are where you can let the “eclectic” part take over: if you love your home to feel collected and showcase personality the best way to do that is through accent tables, lighting, pillows, and artwork. Once you have sophisticated foundational pieces, two different styles of side tables can absolutely work. Love patterned pillows? Add them in! The only caveat is that you don’t mix too many colors together. If you are going for a mix of pattern stick to a similar palette.