“More is More” with Maximalist Décor

room with lots of books

Sometimes, “more is more” and just right!

Maximalism is a curated, controlled, balanced “clutter” in which the homeowner embraces the “more is more” aesthetic to create a cozy home emblematic of your personality.

A complete pendulum swing from the quiet and serene colors, stark walls, and clean simple lines of minimalism, this style exudes excess in colors, patterns, textures, art, and objects. As you put it, you are surrounded by things you love, a cornerstone of this design.

This is not a new style as Victorian, bohemian, and country style homes are brimming with “stuff.”  This style can work in traditional homes for a refined and luxurious look as well as in modern homes for a bold or busy look.

Walls can be covered, floor to ceiling, in art or a geometric or large floral wallpaper. Layers are important too, so try layering rugs or piling blankets on your sofa. Showcase your prized collections on a side table or mantle and display all of your books neatly piled on the floor next to a chair or under a table to achieve a maximalist look.

By adding statement pieces and high-energy colors, you can transform your home to quirky and extreme or classic and posh.  There are not many rules but too much can look sloppy and chaotic. As in any decor, you aim for beauty and comfort. 

In a Better Homes and Gardens article last year, decorator Brian Paqutte noted, “It’s supposed to look like a collective calamity that’s not over decorated.” In other words, go big. Plentiful, joyful, and personality-full are the hallmarks of maximalism.

With many satisfied clients since 2008, Barbara Graceffa owns and operates Secretary of the Interior in Quincy, MA offering decorating services at reasonable rates. If you want to suggest a blog topic or have a decorating, downsizing/decluttering or home staging project needing professional help or are interested in hosting a workshop or quilt show, please contact her via her website www.sec-interior.com or phone 617.921.6033.

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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