See a Colorful Spring Home Tour with Maximalist Interiors and Easy Decorating Tips
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.
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!
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.
How to Create a Maximalist Interior without looking cluttered
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Tattered Pew / My Thrift Store Addiction / Bricks n’ Blooms
Shiplap and Shells / Cottage In The Mitten / Cottage On Bunker Hill
Midwest Life and Style / Open Doors Open Hearts / Cloches and Lavender
Amy Sadler Designs / Up To Date Interiors
Simply2Moms / Sand Dollar Lane / DIY Beautify
The Ponds Farmhouse / Pasha Is Home / Lantern Lane Designs
StoneGable / My Wee Abode / County Road 407
She Gave It A Go / Aratari At Home / Willow Bloom Home
Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder / White Arrows Home / Follow The Yellow Brick Home
Robyn’s French Nest / tatertots and jello / My Family Thyme
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Kathy, I love how colorful and warm your home is! You’ve mastered maximalist decorating!
Thanks so much Leen!
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
Thanks Cecilia! I love painted interior doors. 🙂
Your home is amazing. Love the velvet.
Great touring with you
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.
Thanks so much Jen! Happy Spring!
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.
Your home was made for spring and summer decor! Always love seeing how you decorate. So beautiful. Great tips too! Glad we can hop together again this week. Happy spring!
Congratulations on your wallpaper and fabric launch. How exciting! I loved ready and learning more about maximalist decorating!
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!!!
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!!
Your home has so much charm and character Kathy! Those blue chairs with the patterned sides are truly incredible.
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.
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!
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:)
Kathy your home is beautiful! I love how you mix color and pattern. It’s gorgeous. xo
Your maximalist eclectic home is amazing! Can definitely feel the ethnic vibe, too. So pretty; thanks for the tour!
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 😉
No one mixes colors and patterns as beautifully as you do Kathy. Every detail in your home is eye candy. And I love the color of your door. This tour was so much fun.
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!
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.
Always love these tours, don’t you?! 🙂 Your aqua door certainly sings ‘spring’ to me, as do your green walls! They are quite pretty!
I love your colorful style! Such a bright and happy home. I pinned your home tour to my spring board to share. So beautiful!
Such a gorgeous tour! Always love hopping with you and seeing your home in every season! You inspire me!
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.