I say maximalist….my husband says……clutter!
There is a big difference between maximalist decorating and clutter. For some minimalistic decorators, the image of multiple patterns or styles in one space can be uneasy. Dare I say…ugly. However, there is a way to create maximalist style without the unorganized look of clutter. Being a maximalist married to a minimalist does create some differences of opinion in decorating. Learning to balance, style with order, and create gathered vignettes helps bring order to your maximalist style. Here is how creating maximalist style in a global style entryway can be achieved without the ugliness of clutter.
Your entryway should be an introduction to your home and a welcoming area for your household. It needs to serve it’s function, but can be very stylish. My entryway is going through some changes soon, but in the meantime, I’m sporting gathered pieces from around the house to set the tone of my home.
Size Does Matter!
Take a look at your entryway. Is it small or large? My entryway is on the smaller end and so I try to keep the furniture pieces smaller, but with loads of impact. Working with furniture scaled for the space will allow you to style your tables with a heavier looking vignette. If I had gone with a larger table here AND all the decor pieces atop, the space would look completely overrun and cluttered. Using a console table that fits the space opens an opportunity to create vignettes that are busy. The same applies when using benches or chairs in the entryway.
Weave a Color Story
There are so many colors present that styling these pieces with color in mind will help in creating a cohesive, maximalist display versus a cluttered table. I like to spread colors across an entire display versus grouping in little areas. This also draws your eyes across the entire vignette. Notice I made space in between the two blue porcelain pieces. The small red potted arrangement is separated from the hammam bowl filled with red Indian sewn elephants. I also spread the plants across the top and bottom of the table to add pops of green on each level.
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Elevation, Elevation, ELEVATION
Having one level of height across the vignette will surely make your space look cluttered. Sure, having several heights can as well. Finding the right balance of elevated items is key to making your vignette look styled and not a clutter storm. Use inverted baskets to create height for plants and bowls. You can also use unexpected baskets to hold other items. I used a moses basket to hold some books and a potted snake plant. Get creative in how you establish elevation!