15 Maximalist Rooms That Prove More Is More
While minimal rooms can certainly be soothing, there’s something to be said about the cozy feel of a maxed-out space. Maximalist rooms are layered spaces, featuring bold patterns, accessorized surfaces, colorful accents, plenty of artwork, and unique details. It may seem like these visually stimulating interiors can be achieved by simply adding more “stuff,” but careful editing is an integral part of creating a maximal space. Taste-level and style can easily be lost if each addition to the design isn’t thoughtfully considered. To illustrate, we’ve selected some of our favorite vibrant and layered spaces to prove that more really can be more—if done right.
A varied mix of textures and textiles gives this seating area some serious visual oomph. A restrained color palette and consistent style keep the design grounded and interesting rather than busy and abrasive.
We love the subtle but impactful details seen in this pass-through space. Painting the ceiling and the inside of the built-in cabinetry introduce additional colors into the design, while a well-accessorized console with multiple stools tucked underneath creates a compelling vignette.
A wall of bookcases is an easy way to create a maximalist look without overloading on furniture. Colorful books, along with selected accessories and art make for an intriguing composition that hints at this homeowner’s interests and experiences. Tribal textiles and eclectic furnishings add to the layered look.
Well-executed styling allows these bookshelves to feature a variety of trinkets, accessories, and artwork, without feeling claustrophobic. A modern art installation allows the main wall to feature more than just the television.
Kelly Wearstler’s signature style features a combination of colors, textures, furniture silhouettes and bold accessories. Always curated and never cluttered, Wearstler's touch can be seen in her own home’s grand living room.
Intriguing artwork and a range of textural contrasts make an impact in this eclectic living room. Details like the picture frame’s gold corners and the vintage Louis Vuitton luggage tucked under the coffee table add layer and interest to the overall design.
Boldly upholstered walls are a brave choice in this small bedroom not to mention the plethora of artwork, the canopy bed, and mismatched table lamps but the consistent use of blue and white help the differing elements to feel cohesive.
In this sunny sitting area, a bold mix of patterns and colors keeps the eye moving and intrigued. Though an oversized mirror takes up an entire wall of the small space, the light-colored upholstery and large scale of the room’s windows prevent the area from feeling too crowded.
Upholstered walls give this space an enveloping vibe, while carefully edited accessories on the coffee table and console feel collected and purposeful. A tufted bench tucked under the console draws attention with its bullion fringe and nailhead trim.
In this bedroom, a collection of traditional elements and furniture lines feels surprisingly modern and contemporary thanks to well chosen textiles and decorative accents. We like how the details of each element, from the Greek key motif on the console to the bedskirts contrasting trim, are able to be appreciated thanks to the fresh blue paint color on the walls.
A well-accessorized center table commands attention in this tropical home where stacks of books, large-scale decorative accents, and a full palm tree create a compelling composition. The double-height vaulted ceiling gives the space an airy elegance.
Though this sunny sitting area features a variety of patterns, the limited color story enables the differing elements to harmonize and complement each other. The majority of the room’s prints are kept to a subdued, tone-on-tone palette to allow the oversized zebra ottoman to take center stage.
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