Decorating a home in a maximalist style can be a difficult endeavor on its own, and doing so in a small home – that’s a whole other level of challenging.

There’s a fine line between maximalism and kitsch – that’s why incorporating maximalism into your home requires a keen eye for detail and the ability to understand how to separate tasteful from tacky.

However, it is possible to turn your small home into a maximalist haven while not taking the things to the extreme and keeping it charming and harmonious – read on to learn how.

Decide on the color palette for your home

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There’s one rule when it comes to choosing a color scheme to paint your maximalist home in – be generous! You can’t go wrong with colors as long as you follow certain rules. You need to decide on the colors that are going to be used in your room – take into consideration the colors of your existing furniture and use them as a focal point.

If you’re going to buy new furniture, then you have the complete freedom to choose your color scheme. It’s best to start with a basic, neutral color scheme to get the feeling of a blank canvas, and then build from there. Most often, maximalist homes are painted in dark or neutral colors, letting the accent pieces and patterns steal the show.

Use your walls to create a colorful art gallery

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After you’ve painted your walls, you want to make sure that they’re not left empty. Maximalism thrives on colorful artwork, bold patterns, and eccentric pieces, making the whole room look like a big canvas for expressing your feelings and personality.

A number of photographs and pictures in different frames and sizes centered around an exquisite painting – it’s a great way to achieve maximalism on vertical surfaces. The subjects in pictures and paintings can vary from people and landscapes to abstracts and still life – as long as it’s something you love and feel personally drawn to.

Turn your bathroom into a maximalist haven

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Golden-hued faucets and metallic hardware are trends that have been around for quite some time, and they continue to be parts of every modern home.

They’ll give your bathroom a sense of elegance and prestige while opting for a round mirror with a glossy golden frame will make the metallics stand out. Implement colorful tiles that will emphasize the beauty of the accessories – go with bold statement or graphic tiles, or incorporate glossy ones in darker tones such as myrtle green, plum purple, wine red or dim gray to bring some drama into the space.

Of course, no bathroom is complete without a comfortable tub you can relax and take hot bubbles baths in. There are many quality designer baths available – find one that suits your style, and voila – you’ve got yourself a chic maximalist haven of a bathroom!

Let your personality shine through your home

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Maximalism is all about patterns, so when you’re picking out colors that you want in your home, it really allows your creativity and personality to shine through.

Strive not for perfection, but for the personalization of your living area – maximalism works best when it’s imperfect just like us, humans. Include items and accessories that truly bring you joy, that inspire you and make you remember certain periods of your life.

An old picture on the wall that reminds you of that one summer, or a particular vinyl record hung on the wall that reminds you of your wild teenage years can serve as an inspiration and a nostalgic throwback. When it comes to maximalism, the point is to let your imagination go wild – nothing is off limits.

Incorporate boho or vintage elements – or both!

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Homeowners who are drawn to boho-inspired design are sure to embrace maximalism wholeheartedly. These two styles are closely related – they both celebrate excessive decor, printed fabrics, a variety of colors and a cheerful vibe.

Lovers of all that’s vintage can also combine old-fashioned furniture and accessories – they will fit perfectly into a space decorated in maximalist style. Retro design styles such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco were all based on excess, and they are sure to merge perfectly with maximalism.

Minimalism is a cool trend, but it focuses on clean surfaces and restraints when it comes to accessorizing. On the opposite side, we have maximalism which is all about freedom and expression. Decluttering and fewer things? Maximalism’s response to that is – go all in!

Maximalism serves as a contrast to the whole hygge concept and allows for expressing your creativity and character. It focuses on individualizing our living space instead of making it look like a flawless, minimalist show home you would see in a furniture catalog. By using the tips we suggested, you’ll be creating a perfect maximalist home that will serve as an oasis of precious memories, good vibes, and positive feelings.

Author bio

Photo-for-Bio Successfully Incorporating Maximalism Into a Small HomeChloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and the editor-in-chief of Smooth Decorator.

She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography.

Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.