Maximalism is back on trend. After years of minimalist design aesthetics, more people opt for over-the-top home decor. Maximalism means different things to different people, but it generally refers to a more is more approach to design.
It can be challenging to be a maximalist when you own a small home. If done incorrectly, maximalism can be overwhelming and make your space feel small. But if done correctly, maximalism can make your space feel cozy, inviting, and fashionable.
You don’t have to skimp on style just because you’re short on space. With a few clever design tricks, you can turn your small room into a chic, maximizing every square inch to create a stylish and functional space.
Hang floor-to-ceiling curtains
Not only do they make the room feel larger, but they also add instant drama and sophistication. For an extra dose of luxury, opt for curtains with embellishments like tassels or fringe. These elements can add interest to a room and make it feel more glamorous without taking up too much space.
Install a statement light fixture
A well-designed lighting scheme can make even the smallest room feel bright and airy. Lighting can also highlight and show off your beautiful decor. But don’t settle for basic recessed lighting. Choose a show-stopping light fixture that will become the room’s focal point. A chandelier, pendant light, or even a unique lamp can make a big impact in a small space.
Go bold with wallpaper
One statement wall can transform a space. Not ready to commit? Opt for removable wallpaper so you can try out different designs until you find the perfect one for your room.
Patterned wallpapers are a great way to add visual interest, but make sure the scale of the pattern is appropriate for the size of your room. You don’t want the wallpaper to be too overwhelming
Another great trick is to use wallpaper on ceiling panels. This will draw the eye upward, making the ceilings appear taller than they are.
Focus on the Small Details
A maximalist aesthetic does not require big and bold decor. You can choose to add small decor with interesting prints and patterns to make a big impact. Try using throw pillows, rugs, towels, or even art prints with fun designs. Check out local furniture stores for colorful, unique, and interesting home decor.
Rugs not only add color and pattern, but they also help define different areas in an open floor plan. Just be sure to choose rugs that are in proportion to the size of the room. The last thing you want is your space to feel cluttered or cramped.
From stripes and florals to geometrics and global-inspired prints, don’t be afraid to mix and match different patterns throughout the room. It can be daunting to mix patterns, especially in a small room. Too many patterns can be too overwhelming to the eyes.
A good rule of thumb when using patterns when designing a room is to use just three in a room. For example, a stripe, floral, and polka dot can be a good combination. Another pattern group that works well together is pairing two different size plaids with floral.
It would also help to stick to a cohesive color palette so everything looks pulled together.
Incorporating different textures throughout a room can give it more depth and dimension. Try using velvet, fur, leather, or even wool to add a sense of luxury. Mixing different textures can also make a room more interesting and inviting.
Choose Your Focal Point
The entire room does not need to be filled with maximalist decor. In fact, it can look cluttered and overwhelming if everything is fighting for attention. Choose one area of the room to focus on and design around that. It could be the window, the sofa, the bed, or even the fireplace. Then, design around the focal point, so you would not make the mistake of overwhelming the room with too much stuff and styles that clash.
Mirrors can make a small room look brighter and feel more spacious. Place mirrors opposite the windows to maximize the amount of natural light coming in. You can also use mirrors to reflect interesting decor, like a statement light fixture or piece of art.
With a little creativity, you can turn your small room into a maximalist paradise that’s both stylish and functional. By incorporating some of these design tricks, you’ll be able to maximize every square inch while still making a big impact in your space!