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10 Maximalist Rooms That Are Works of Art, Not Clutter

June 11, 2018

If you're not a fan of minimalism, good news: maximalism is in! Get inspiration from these colorful spaces that are anything but cluttered. Plus, find tips on how to go big with this trending design philosophy in your own home.

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Photo: Regan Wood. From: Allison Lind.

Maximalism Proves More Can Be More

With bright colors, large statement pieces and vivid patterns, maximalism makes us rethink the "rules" when it comes to design. The opposite of being a minimalist doesn't have to mean you prefer a cluttered mess for a living space. From mixing patterns to saying no to neutral-only looks, maximalism lets you embrace what you love and create a space that's uniquely your own. Check out some of our favorite maximalist rooms where no two are the same, and learn tips on how to deck out your own spaces with this fun more-is-more mentality.

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Photo: Chipper Hatter. From: Corine Maggio.

Botanical-Inspired Prints Are Big

Although the gold fixtures in this bathroom really pop against the marble sink and black wall, what kicks this bathroom up a notch is the vibrant wallpaper decorated with gorgeous birds. The simple white subway tile and sleek window pane-style shower door balance out the wallpaper pattern so the bathroom comes across as fun and sophisticated, instead of chaotic.

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Photo: Twist Tours. From: Turnstyle Interior Design.

The Power of Pattern Mixing

Pattern mixing is a big part of maximalism. The secret to adding more pattern into your space without it feeling busy is to make sure you're mixing the right types of patterns. The striped rug and curtains complement the more detailed wallpaper in this dining room. If the curtains also featured a busier, detailed pattern, this space might feel overloaded. The color palette of black, white and browns and the simple midcentury modern furniture make the overall space feel sophisticated and inviting.

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Photo: Bronwyn Poole. From: Bronwyn Poole.

Leave Room for Whimsy

This living room is bold and colorful, but you can still imagine the ocean breeze flowing through the windows. Keep spacing in mind when laying out a room with a lot of color and pattern. Even though these accent chairs are anything but neutral, their smaller size and symmetrical placement prevent them from overwhelming the space. Plus, they pull together the pink wallpaper, green credenza and blue-and-white rug.

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