For many years now, interior designers have been in love with minimalism and praised the effect it has. This was something that people with small homes particularly loved, as it allowed them to have modern designs without feeling like they have cluttered the space. On the other hand, minimalism is slowly becoming obsolete and professionals agree that the time of maximalism is here instead. If you’re afraid that statement colours, bold designs, and the mix of textures might be too much for your small home, guess again! We’re here to help you successfully incorporate elements of maximalism without making it look cluttered.
Make a Statement
First and foremost, you should look for a way to make a statement in your own home. The interior of your home should be a reflection of who you are and what you like, and thanks to maximalism, that’s exactly what interior design is all about in 2019. Try to pick an interesting (if strange) piece of furniture that’s going to add a touch of contemporary sophistication to your home. It can be something as simple as an antique armchair or a brightly coloured coffee table. A statement piece doesn’t have to be big in order to draw attention and make the space look more sophisticated.
Choose what to Accentuate
When you live in a small house or a tiny apartment, it’s a bit difficult to incorporate a lot of different accent and statement pieces. Why not turn one of your walls into a statement wall? Let it be the focal point of the room, a place where textures and colours will be intertwined to create a small work of art no one will be able to overlook. The same can be done with floors. You can cover them with colourful rugs and carpets, or you could even use stone pavers, a trend that’s been focused mostly on the exterior but designers have started using it indoors as well. It will make the room truly come together while still making it look natural and eye-catching. Such walls and floors will make any room look monumental, thus making us think of rustic castles and cabins in the woods.
It’s all About the Details
Details are what makes a home out of a house, and this year details are all about bright colours and eye-catching prints. You can use such details pretty much anywhere and everywhere – on soft throw blankets you keep on the couch, decorative bowls on the coffee or dining room table, throw rugs in front of the armchair… If your living room is very small, try to bring in a couple of big throw pillows instead of a half a dozen small ones. Such pillows can sometimes be used to make sitting on the floor more comfortable, and when it comes to the print, be as creative as you wish. Same-coloured pillows are passé, and different colours will brighten up the place considerably.
Mirrors and Lighting
Items that have always been considered the best décor option for small places are mirrors, because they can make any room appear bigger as well as brighter. When you strategically place them around your home, for example at the end of a long and narrow hallway, they can reflect the light and make the room brighter. Besides, maximalism celebrates creativity, and you can work with different shades and textures, which is convenient when you’re picking out frames for your mirrors. When you combine big mirrors with a variety of floor and table lamps, you can do wonders in a room. Shadows can affect people’s perception of space positively and you can adjust the brightness and play with different angles of light.
History teaches us that trends come and go in the blink of an eye, and you shouldn’t blindly follow them just because they’re popular at the moment. On the other hand, if you find a trend that you like, you shouldn’t hesitate to incorporate at least some of its elements into your home. Don’t be afraid to give maximalism a try, especially if you’re looking for a way to step away from minimalism and try something new. If you are willing to experiment a little bit and keep an open mind, you can make your small home look fabulous.
Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer, passionate writer and proud auntie. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney.
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Jean – Paul Sartre