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.
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