Style Secret: Cohesive Color and PatternIn an eclectic room, you almost have carte blanche with the color wheel — almost. Pair bright citrus hues with shy pastels, mix and match every shade of green, restrict the palette to basic black and white. Likewise, you can combine sassy stripes with a mod floral and overscale chevrons. Conventional wisdom wags its finger at you? Bah, we say.Road-test it: However, and this is a big however, the scheme needs to make sense. If you try to bring in every single shade you love, or if you pile up patterns with no restraint, you'll be left with a mess. For example, the bedroom here has a lot happening, from the bold print coverlet to the zigzag rug. Now imagine adding a patterned wallpaper or brilliant paint. Feel the headache coming on? Instead, a handful of strong colors and motifs enliven it without overwhelming it.