10 Ways to Master the Maximalist Decor Style

Maximalism mixes colors, patterns and textures for an eclectic style. Here are 10 ways to embrace the maximalist decor style.

When it comes to home decor, the focus over the last several years has been on minimalism. But what if the sparse look of minimalism isn’t for you? Enter maximalism, the opposite. Maximalism mixes colors, patterns and textures for an eclectic style. Here are 10 ways to embrace the maximalist decor style.

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Think Small Doses

While it’s called maximalism, there is such a thing as going overboard. Before you get started, start with smaller spaces such as a breakfast nook or powder room and work your way out. Going too big too fast can be overwhelming.

Go Bold on Walls

If you’re into the maximalist decor style, don’t be afraid to go big with color. This is the time to try that trendy purple you’ve been eyeing for an accent wall or paint a room black. Bold colors make big statements.

Print and Colored Furniture

Don’t be afraid to experiment with furniture in different colors and patterns, just be sure to stick with colors in the same family. Think a green couch in a fun leaf print next to a bold yellow armchair. Not everything has to match perfectly, in fact, it really shouldn’t be matchy-matchy. For more ideas, take a peek at the home trends for 2020.

Use Bookshelves as Art

The maximalist decor style is all about mixing various textures, so use your bookshelves as pieces of art. Stack some books and top them with a small flower vase. Display favorite framed photos on the shelves. Have a favorite small sculpture or favorite plant? Mix it in with other items on your shelves.  Shelves should be used for more than just books.

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Mix and Mix Pillows and Throws

Since maximalism is about mixing and matching colors and textures, go ahead and pick out a mixture of pillows and throws in various styles. They don’t have to match—the point is to have an eclectic mix of your favorites.

Try Something New

When shopping for a room, consider starting with a smaller piece you wouldn’t normally choose such as a lamp or a small rug in a different pattern or color. Small items can change the look of the space without being a big commitment. As you get more comfortable with maximalism, it’ll get easier to spot items that are the perfect addition for your collection.

Tell a Story

The maximalist decor style is perfect for putting the spotlight on a favorite piece. If you have a beloved item that has been passed down in your family, display it front and center. Important, loved pieces help give the space a story.

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Use Symmetry

While mixing textures, colors and patterns is essential, you will need to keep symmetry in mind. When mixing various styles, try to find a link between each piece that you bring into a room. Mix colors and patterns that will draw the eye from one piece to the next. For example, layer long curtains with a vertical patterned wallpaper or have on color that appears in a majority of your decor pieces.

Gallery Walls are Your Friend

A gallery wall and maximalist decor is a match made in heaven. Give the room a story with a well-curated gallery wall that mixes favorite photos with pieces of artwork and signage in a mix of colors and materials.

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Love What You Display

While the maximalist decor style is about boldly mixing various pieces, make sure you love what you have. If you don’t like animal prints, don’t use them. Not a fan of a certain color? There are no rules saying you have to use it. Bottom line: You want your space to feel like a reflection of you.

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