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Getting out of the minimalistic slump

(5 min read) Those of you who read this blog regularly are probably well aware that I’m not a huge fan of minimalism. It just makes me uncomfortable, and quite frankly, terrified. Before you dub me mentally unstable, just hear me out. So, imagine a space the size of an average living room. Put a couch there, add two chairs here, huge TV there, two club tables, now put a stack of books on one table, now two paintings on that wall, two framed photos of your toothless nephew on the other table, now the curtains and small afghan carpets everywhere to fill out the space. Now take a step back. Comfy, right? Now take everything out except one table, couch, and one painting. O. M. G. What happened? Why is this room so empty? Did the people move out in a hurry leaving a couple of things behind? Do you get my point?


Minimal living room design
Minimalistic living room. Design by Kudo Architects.

So, you probably know that I popped a bottle of bubbly and threw a party when I heard that maximalism is coming back big time in 2020. I mean, throw me some vases, shelves, lazy bags and rocking chairs!

Maximal and vibrant living room.
Maximalist living room. Design by Oh Happy Day Studio.

Now, I do realize that for some people minimalism is a way of life (we can’t be friends) and I do understand that it has its benefits. However, if a house is full, you will never catch me asking: What’s behind that pile of clothes there?, but if a house is empty, I will always ask why (and mentally prepare to run). Once again, that feeling is individual, but I think that most people are maximalists at their core, simply because most people have hobbies, like shopping, collect stuff, and have an inexplicable love for at least one thing in their home that is completely useless.

Maximal and animal print make a gorgeous interior design.
Maximalism and animal print. Design by The English Room.

If you have succumbed to the trend of minimalist house interior and you would like to change that in 2020, this article will help you do that as painlessly as possible.


1. Start small

Rome wasn’t built in a day buddy! Don’t go out and buy every single piece of comfy furniture you see and give that purple rug a minute. Think about everything carefully before you go shopping. Add one or two things every week and see how it goes. The transition can be tough and if you buy too many things at once and bring them into your white empty house interior, you might feel like you are being suffocated by them. So take your sweet time shopping. No rush.

Transition from minimalism to maximalism designs.
The transition from minimalism to maximalism. Design by Tinka Markham.

2. Add some color

If you’ve been into minimalism for a while, your walls are probably suffering from anemia. I mean, that is usually a common thing for all minimalists everywhere — white walls. Most don’t stop there and usually make those other three things in their house white too. This is where it is also important to remember the first rule. Don’t go out and buy the first orange thing you see, go slow, and most importantly, pick two colors. You want to slowly go into maximalism, not to turn your house into a tacky mess.

Colors make a gorgeous maximal design
Add color and enjoy a gorgeous and vibrant interior.

3. Warm it up

Curtains, rugs, tablecloths, and plants, but one by one, or maybe not even all of them. Just one of these can be enough to make your house interior appear warmer depending on its size. If the room you are decorating is small, then you don’t have to add all four, because it might feel stuffy until you get used to it.

Curtains and rugs add beautiful layers.
Curtains, rugs, and tablecloths. Design by Sherwin-Williams.

4. The repetition of a graphic motif on a material

I kid you not, that is the actual definition of a pattern. A mouthful, am I right? Patterns will do miracles to make your home homey and cozy — which is the core of maximalism. However, before you go and drape everything in tartan, keep in mind that in order to apply any pattern tastefully, you need to establish a base. There has to be one color that will seamlessly cover most of your space, so you can apply patterns here and there.

Patterns add beautiful dimension to the home interiors.
Play with patterns. Source: Country Club Homes.

I should probably title this one last thing “honorable mention” or “rule 0.1” or something like that, but I won’t. The most important thing of all is — do what makes you happy. If you are one cheerfully and fulfilled minimalist, don’t change that for 2020 trend. If you are thrilled that maximalism made its comeback, go for it! If you are a gypsy traveling from coast to coast, you arrange your tent however you see fit buddy, as long as it makes you happy. It always comes back to that Abraham-Hicks quote: “Nothing is more important than that you feel good.”

Elegant maximal designs
Elegant maximalism. Photo by Regan Wood.

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53 Comments

  1. Krysten Quiles
    May 27, 2020 at 11:43 am — Reply

    Minimalism is totally not my thing, I prefer my walls to be filled with memories!

    • May 28, 2020 at 9:07 am — Reply

      Same!!! Yay to memories and colors…

  2. Cristina Petrini
    May 27, 2020 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    How much color, what a careful and precise vision of spaces and organization. I love her. ^_^ e

  3. Nina Bashaw
    May 27, 2020 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    Ohh that last one is my absolute favorite. I LOVE all the pink accents, such a gorgeous space!

  4. Flo
    May 27, 2020 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    I can relate so hard! I’m not a fan of minimalism at all for a home. Give me colors and a comfy vibe instead!

  5. Kathy Kenny Ngo
    May 27, 2020 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    I’m aiming to be a minimalist but after reading this, hmmm. The colors are just so lovely.

  6. Neely Moldovan
    May 27, 2020 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    Really loving all the pops of color! SO many I also love those frames on the wall!

  7. Marjie Mare
    May 27, 2020 at 8:55 pm — Reply

    I needed to read this post. It is about time for me to start doing the little things that truly make me happy.

  8. Stephanie
    May 27, 2020 at 9:25 pm — Reply

    I like minimalism in the sense of not wanting more than we really need. But at the same time, I like having a home that looks like a real home, not just a house. It just needs to be organized for me to be happy!

  9. Shelley S.
    May 27, 2020 at 10:31 pm — Reply

    I was getting tired of the neutral look. I shudder a bit every time I look at a Restoration Hardware catalog. Its just too stark.

    Love these pics and the use of color. I was I was skilled enough to pull that off!

  10. Franze Garcia
    May 28, 2020 at 12:48 am — Reply

    I’m a minimalist in arts and crafts, I want to keep it clean and classy. But you’re serving here indulgence of maximalism, your giving me life and somehow it’s everything. Great idea!

    • May 28, 2020 at 9:06 am — Reply

      yes same here!!! Maximalism to me is abondance and full, I can’t get enough of it.

  11. Gervin Khan
    May 28, 2020 at 3:27 am — Reply

    Wow! So much amazing work in the interior part, everything is stunning. I would love to do this in our house to change the aura and make a good essence out of it.

  12. Rose Ann Sales
    May 28, 2020 at 4:13 am — Reply

    I’m not a minimalist too and I love all your ideas so much.

  13. Maysz
    May 28, 2020 at 4:19 am — Reply

    These minimalist living room ideas are totally stunning the designs are totally perfect for beautiful home decors I love all of these!

  14. Marta
    May 28, 2020 at 5:59 am — Reply

    I am not a huge fan of minimalizam too. It makes me feel steril and ichy. Give me color, give me texture, give me walls full of art and photos.

    • May 28, 2020 at 9:04 am — Reply

      yep!!! I need colors, period!!!

  15. advencha
    May 28, 2020 at 6:30 am — Reply

    Based on this blog post, I both love minimalist and maximalist designs. Sometimes, I love minimalist more. But, there are aslo times Im craving for more colors. Maybe, it depends on my mood. 🙂 But, hey all these designs are awesome!

    • May 28, 2020 at 9:04 am — Reply

      I hear you!!! And yes mood plays a huge role in how you decorate your living space…

  16. Melissa Cushing
    May 28, 2020 at 8:37 am — Reply

    My husband loves the idea of minimalism but I like a bit of it but also I do like my decorative little pieces. As long as it is done tastefully…. it is good. to go. I am loving the looks of many of the rooms pictured above.

    • May 28, 2020 at 9:03 am — Reply

      I am like you, I love colors and can’t get enough of it!!! I do appreciate minimalism but give me colors please…

  17. Marie Phillips
    May 28, 2020 at 10:15 am — Reply

    I find myself halfway between minimalism and maximalism. I love beautiful things, but I don’t love empty and I don’t love clutter. That balance is so hard to do, though!

  18. Ching Almazan
    May 28, 2020 at 10:30 am — Reply

    I tried being a minimalist and analyzed everything I owned to see if it brought me joy. I realized I attached a lot of emotion to things so that all went out the window😊

  19. Catherine
    May 28, 2020 at 11:27 am — Reply

    I like a good balance of both. I do keep my space minimalist to an extent but it’s important to make the space feel unique and your own. Love these tips on adding a little more character and individuality to the home!

  20. Rudy
    May 28, 2020 at 2:21 pm — Reply

    The maximalism and animal print room designed by The English Room is so cool! Love the colours.

  21. Monidipa
    May 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm — Reply

    Minimalism, I think is sometimes good. Not always though. However, I love these ideas and these pictures are lovely.

  22. Elizabeth Keene
    May 28, 2020 at 3:03 pm — Reply

    I love how bright and colorful all of the maximism rooms are – they have so much more personality!

  23. Henri
    May 28, 2020 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    First off I LOVE your blog and the amazing pictures! The brilliant colors, gorgeousness yeah minimalism terrifies me too!

  24. Nina
    May 28, 2020 at 3:57 pm — Reply

    I would definitely love to try it when i have my own place. To try out different decor.

  25. Melanie williams
    May 28, 2020 at 4:46 pm — Reply

    There are some really good ideas here like starting small. also adding bursts of colour is a great one too as it can make a big difference x

  26. Marjie Mare
    May 28, 2020 at 9:25 pm — Reply

    Everything looks so beautiful. I love all the colors.

  27. Shannon Gurnee
    May 28, 2020 at 11:29 pm — Reply

    Wow these are definitely not minimalist. I like some pops of color or pieces that stand out. These are some interesting pics.

  28. Ayi
    May 29, 2020 at 3:26 am — Reply

    I like minimalist designs but I couldn’t do it for now because of my kids’ stuff. LOL

  29. David Elliott
    May 29, 2020 at 3:38 am — Reply

    I get your feelings about minimalism. I’m not so much into it either. Although I do get the impulse. I was married to someone who was a hoarder and living simply sounds so much easier, even if I don’t love the aesthetic.

  30. Sushmita
    May 29, 2020 at 4:01 am — Reply

    The maximalist living room is so my type. But my husband is totally minimalist. So, we have not arrived at a middle ground yet

  31. Jay Aguirre
    May 29, 2020 at 4:12 am — Reply

    I think whatever style of decorating makes you happy should be the one you pursue! I prefer minimal decor but with a few items that really pop.

  32. Pati Robins
    May 29, 2020 at 6:32 am — Reply

    I am not sure if you seen my own home but i am all for maximalism ! These are fantastic examples

  33. Steph
    May 29, 2020 at 7:38 am — Reply

    Beautiful as always.your mosaics are a work of art.

  34. Rochelle
    May 29, 2020 at 10:01 am — Reply

    I love having a lot of color and patterns in a room. If a house is too white or minimalistic it looks unfinished to me.

  35. Michelle
    May 29, 2020 at 11:51 am — Reply

    I am loving the cabin look with the stone fire place.

  36. Rachel Nelson
    May 29, 2020 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    I really like tip #3, most minimalistic rooms aren’t warm and cozy at all. Also, I’m right there with you on your uncomfortable feeling when I room is too empty, it just doesn’t feel right for some reason.

  37. Christa
    May 29, 2020 at 5:57 pm — Reply

    While I appreciate minimalism, I personally prefer color and pattern. I just redecorates my living room with a real velvet couch! Not minimal but it’s gorgeous.

  38. Angela
    May 29, 2020 at 6:37 pm — Reply

    Wow, I am loving all of the colors in these different rooms! My home could definitely use a makeover, but where to start? Hmmm…

  39. Tamara
    May 30, 2020 at 12:33 am — Reply

    I love the bright colours of the rooms in the pics. Those rooms look beautiful!

  40. N
    May 30, 2020 at 6:43 am — Reply

    I love the minimalist feel but can never seem to achieve it! I’m still working on my home even 2 years after moving in so there’s still time.

  41. Kez
    May 30, 2020 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    I’m definitely a minimalist, but I hate white walls! Nothing wrong with a splash of colour here and there!

  42. Diane
    May 30, 2020 at 2:47 pm — Reply

    I’m somewhat in the middle between minimalism and maximalism. I want things to feel warm and cozy, but in our home, the more surfaces we have, the more they get cluttered. When there is too much going on it gives me anxiety. I would love to put some pops of color in a few of our rooms!

  43. Lina
    May 30, 2020 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    So many beautiful design. I am not a minimalist at all.. Just don’t have an eye for great design so I end up leaving my rooms minimal. Loving all your tips.

  44. Patrice
    May 31, 2020 at 3:01 am — Reply

    Love the fun and colorful photos on this post. So much design inspiration!

  45. Nyxie
    May 31, 2020 at 9:32 am — Reply

    I’m trying to maintain a minimalistic home but it’s difficult when I’m naturally a hoarder. I love the designs you’ve show cased here.

  46. Alpa
    May 31, 2020 at 7:56 pm — Reply

    Lovely pics! I really liked #2, beautiful vibrant colors

  47. Ciara Doran
    June 3, 2020 at 7:56 am — Reply

    I loved the design schemes in your post, so colourful and inspiring! Great article

  48. E.W.
    June 12, 2020 at 11:47 am — Reply

    These ideas are really very amazing and much attractive..loved them…they looks so stunning and are much unique..Thanks for sharing them….

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