See a Colorful Spring Home Tour with Maximalist Interiors and Easy Decorating Tips

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Are you drawn to maximalist interiors? Find simple decorating tips for creating a colorful room without looking cluttered this Spring.

It’s much fun to see so many maximalist, cottage-core, granny-chic, and grand-millennial style words and interiors floating around the internet these days. What these words describe has been my decorating aesthetic for years, especially now that we’ve owned a home for the last four.

A Spring Home Tour with Maximalist Decorating Ideas

I’m thrilled to be sharing our Fort Worth house full of maximalist decorating ideas with you as part of the Blogger’s Best Spring Home Tours hosted by the lovely Kelly from The Tattered Pew. She uses a lot of my two favorite colors to decorate with, blue and green and has a gorgeous new home to display her talents in.

If you are coming from Amy Sadler Designs or new here, howdy! We are a retired military family living in Texas after 20 years of renting on the East and West Coast and Japan.

Maximalist decor in a single story ranch style home showing the foyer wtih a green front door, half wall with grey music cabinet against a green wall and piano.  A green chair and flowers on the coffee table are in the foreground.
Front Door and Piano Studio

Aside from blogging, I teach and perform piano and am learning pattern surface design. Actually, I’m getting ready to launch my first-ever pattern collection inspired by our time in Japan for fabric and wallpaper this month!

A cute green front door in a white foyer with plants, gold mirror, art, rug, and wood floors.  Beautiful brass hardware.
Foyer

This Spring home tour is really part deux as I shared a few Spring vignettes and other changes in the house two weeks ago. So today, I decided to try something different. I’ll break down maximalist decorating in steps and show the rest of our Spring living and dining areas along the way.

Maximalist interiors piano studio in home with dark green wall, teal and pink velvet floral curtains, and a pair of velvet wingback chairs on a light blue and white area rug.  A brass lion lamp, gold mirrors, and woman's portait finishes the colorful vignette.
Piano Studio

How to Create a Maximalist Interior without looking cluttered

  1. Add character to the walls including the 5th.

Maximalism is all about layered patterns, textures, and colors while creating cozy vignettes. If you are able to add interest to your walls (and ceiling), then you need less decorating accessories on flat surfaces which reduces clutter. Consider wallpaper, additional molding, bold color for a focal wall, or two-toned walls.

A layered maximalist interior shot of partial foyer and piano home studio with a green door with brass knob, grey music cabinet, green wall with blue and pink curtains and global eclectic accessories  including blue rugs, bamboo book stand, bird cage, and plants.
Music Cabinet between the Foyer and Piano
Two-toned blue and green walls in the hallway with a beautiful Asian screen.  A small gallery wall on a white wall is above a walnut cabinet with a brass crane, plant, and asian tin lamp.
Hallways leading to Bedrooms and Additional Foyer Storage
A colorful and eclectic open layout living areas showing a partial view of the dining room wall hand painted mural and bold bird art in yellow and blue.  A velvet sage green sofa with pillows.
DIY Mural on Dining Room Wall and Large Bird Art in the Living Room
  • Create cozy conversation areas.

Pull your furniture away from the wall when you can and arrange seating for natural conversation. I love having a pair of wing-back chairs behind our piano and a small living area with a large velvet sofa, a pair of chairs, and plenty of surface space for drinks and decor. Extra chairs and stools are nearby when needed.

A pair of blue velvet wingback chairs with black and white crane fabric on the backs is in a corner with a pair of gold mirrors and a woman's portrait.  A large picture window with floral curtains and a large arch fringed lamp over a black baby grand piano is in front of a dark green painted wall.
Cozy Seating Area Behind the Piano
A pair of white french doors with brass knobs and bells hanging show a  bright office with bird wallpaper and built in green desk.  A chinoiserie garden stool, and zz plant in a basket cachepot on a black stand are on either side of the doors.
Office Doors Between the Front Room and Living Area
  • Have plenty of spots for drinks, feet, and books.

Make sure to include small occasional tables, stools, or ottomans near seating that aren’t around the coffee table or sofa tables. Add something extra! A single chair to hold a plant or stack of books, an odd-sized display cabinet for a collection, or my personal favorite, plant stands which really is anything a plant and cache pot will fit on.

A view of the open layout with german smear fireplace, green velvet sofa, eclectic maximalist decorating and dark green wall in the front of the house with a piano.
Open Layout of Living Areas

Join me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes, DIYs, decorating tips, room tours, and home inspiration. I’ll see you over there!

A pretty view of a baby grand piano in front of a large picture window with an arch lamp over the piano.  Dark green walls with teal and pink velvet floral curtains frame the instrument.
Front Picture Window with Grand Piano
  • Add textiles throughout with sofa furnishings, pillows, blankets, rugs, throws, and window treatments.

I like to keep a throw pillow on each chair and 2 to 3 on our large sofa. It feels a little more minimal and clean as opposed to 3-5! Using tone on tone is another great trick to keep things from looking too busy. Of course, I’m also a fan of bold prints in moderation for maximal style.

A pair of gold mirrors hang above a pair of blue velvet with black and white crane fabric wing back chairs.
Mirrors in a Dark Corner Reflect the Window Light
The view from the back of the house to the front showing a green velvet sofa with a white and chrome coffee table layered with books and decor and a piano studio in the front of the house with a dark green wall and floral curtains.
View from Back of the House to the Front
  • Create organized vignettes on flat surfaces.

Decorating tables, shelves, and bookcases is the cherry on top and a fun way to share personal moments, souvenirs, and personal decorating styles. I take each surface and divide it into squares or rectangles. Each section is anchored with a tray, stack of books, or one large decorating accessory like a plant, sculpture, or table lamp. Smaller pieces are placed on top and kept to a minimum.

Coffee table styled for spring with brass cranes, books, flowers, and other eclectic and colorful decor.
Coffee Table Styling

Bookshelves in our houses are often color-coded to match with the room and broken up with decorating accessories and some negative space to keep them on the calmer side.

A view of the living area in an open layout with a german smear stone fireplace and a white built in bookcase decorated with books and a large tv.  A green velvet sofa, white and chrome coffee table and a pair of green floral barrel chairs on either side make a cozy seating arrangement.
Open Layout Living Room

Sometimes, I keep the decorating very simple like the pair of candlestick holders with eggs flanking an oil landscape on the mantel. After winter, it’s nice to remove a few items and throw blankets for a fresh room.

A view of a german smear stone fireplace with a pretty oil landscape painting and brass peacock screen next to a two-toned blue and green painted hallway and foyer wall with white walls and elegant gallery collection over a walnut cabinet with tassels hanging from the knobs. Flowers and books are on the white wood coffee table.
Maximalist Interiors

When you are in the market for new-to-you decor, try old stuff! Shop estate sales, antique malls, garage sales and don’t forget that simple things like postcards from trips can be displayed beautifully.

A small dining area in an open layout single story ranch style home in Fort Worth, Texas.  A romeo rega glass and brass/chrome dining table is centered with blue and wood chairs, white walls, bright floral Anthropolgie curtains, a cane and white cabinet, art, and gold chandelier.  You can see the living area directly behind it with a green velvet sofa and german smear stone fireplace.
Small Dining Area

To sum things up, create a colorful maximalist space with different prints/patterns, use a color palette of 2-3 colors with small doses of accent colors, plenty of plants and books, extra accent tables and chairs, wall art, and bold wall and window treatments.

Don’t forget lighting with plenty of tables and floor lamps and dimmers on ceiling lights and chandeliers.

A close up view of a pair of blue velvet wing back chairs with blue global throw pillows.  A small bamboo table with a brass lion lamp is in between and a pair of gold mirrors hang on the white wall.
Brass Lion Lamp

And that’s maximalist decorating in a nutshell. 🙂 Find more ideas on this page.

Come back tomorrow and visit Simply2Mom to continues with the Spring Home Tours. Find the entire lineup below.

Bloggers’ Best Spring Home Tours

Monday’s Tours

Monday's Spring Tours thumbnails of interiors.
Monday Spring Home Tours

The Tattered Pew / My Thrift Store Addiction / Bricks n’ Blooms

Shiplap and Shells / Cottage In The Mitten / Cottage On Bunker Hill

Tuesday’s Tours

Spring Tours Tuesday thumbnails of interiors.
Tuesday Spring Home Tours

Midwest Life and Style / Open Doors Open Hearts / Cloches and Lavender

Amy Sadler Designs / Up To Date Interiors

Wednesday’s Tours

Wednesday's Spring Tours thumbnails of interiors.
Wednesday Spring Home Tours

Simply2Moms / Sand Dollar Lane / DIY Beautify

The Ponds Farmhouse / Pasha Is Home / Lantern Lane Designs

Thursday’s Tours

Thursday's Spring Tours thumbnails of interiors.
Thursday Spring Home Tours

StoneGable / My Wee Abode / County Road 407

She Gave It A Go / Aratari At Home / Willow Bloom Home

Friday’s Tours

Friday's Spring Tours thumbnails of interiors.
Friday Spring Home Tours

Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder / White Arrows Home / Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Robyn’s French Nest / tatertots and jello / My Family Thyme

Pinterest graphic for Blogger's Best spring Home Tours with lots of thumbnails of rooms decorated for Spring.
Bloggers’ Best Spring Home Tours
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26 Comments

  1. Kathy, your spring accents are lovely and I am crushing on your fabulous velvet furniture! My interior front door is painted almost exactly the same shade as yours. 😉 It is a pleasure to hop with you–pinning! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  2. Kathy, the way you mix colors and patterns is so pretty. And your turquoise door is absolutely gorgeous!!! Happy to be touring with you this week. Pinned.

  3. Your home is so lovely. I hope that you will share this on the Fabulous Friday Link Party this Friday. You can find the link on my homepage. Hugs to you.

  4. Kathy! I’m obsessed with your piano!! Seriously breath-taking!! And all the beautiful color!! Nothing says Spring quite like color!! So glad to Tour with you sweet friend!!!

  5. Kathy, I truly love your decorating style! I just took a look at your designs over on your Insta…I’m totally crushing on the floral/leaf print on the green fabric…so pretty!!

  6. Kathy, being a girl who loves color and mixing patterns, I love your style! Your floral drapes and green couch have always been my favs!! Happy touring with you this week.

  7. Love your eclectic home filled with so many wonderful treasures! It looks so pretty with all the pops of color and flowers for spring.
    I am a music teacher (high school and middle school choir/piano and voice) so I always love meeting other home decor bloggers who are musicians too.

    I really enjoyed your tour! Happy spring!

  8. Kathy your home is stunning! You have a true gift for decorating and I am in love with all of the color you have….everywhere! Especially your curtains I now want more colorful curtains to jazz up our family room! Your tips were so helpful and I can’t wait to use some of them in my home. So thankful to have you join me this week. Happy Spring my friend:)

  9. Kathy, your home is always a treat to visit! I love all the velvet pieces and the European vibe with the textures, fabrics and colors! Such a beautiful tour my friend 😉

  10. You had me at maximalist! I think we should be best friends! I love your space and how uncluttered your maximalist style is! So good!

  11. Kathy,
    Your home tour is so bright and beautiful! I love your style and found myself looking at all the amazing details you shared. Pinned!
    It is a joy to be on this tour with you.
    xoxo,
    Brendt

  12. Nice post, all the ideas are very good thank you so much for sharing them. it is very good that I find it all in one place.

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