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Maximalist Design Tricks Anyone Can Try

Maximalism in interior design is making a comeback! And whether you're a pro at going bold or need an extra push when it comes to adding color to your space, these easy tips from maximalist design professionals will definitely get you going.

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Photo: Artistic Tile

Add Glamour In Unexpected Places

We all know using wallpaper or mixing patterns is one of the easiest ways to give your space a bold pop, but you can also glam it up using unexpected elements such as tile. Colored tile is making a comeback this year, particularly art deco styles (as seen in the Artistic Tile above).

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Layer Up

Adding art and photography is an easy way Anne Hepfer, owner of Anne Hepfer Designs, adds maximalist touches to the spaces she creates.

If you’re looking for another way to bring color and texture, Anne suggests layering your dining table with a tablecloth, placemats, embroidered linens and fresh flowers. "Lamp shades are often forgotten as a fun way to add another pattern or trimming," she says.

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Use Wallpaper In Unconventional Places

"Wallpaper is a great maximalist opportunity for high impact in a space," says Anne. She suggests using wallpaper on walls, of course, but also on the back of a bookcase or on the ceiling.

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Avoid Over Accessorizing

Because maximalism can look cluttered, Anne recommends starting small with books, throw cushions and fresh flowers in special vases or potted plants. Select your favorite object to place on top of a stack of books or on an end table. If you’ve got lots of leftover accessories, bookcases are a great place to show them off—once all the books have been installed, of course.

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