Although there are definitely some minimalist styles that are super trendy right now – Japandi, anyone? – there is something to be said for maximalism. Gorgeous saturated jewel tones, tons of textures, loaded wallpapers and backsplashes? All have the ability to inject your personality into your home, transforming it from a dull, dull space into one with all the charm of – well, you.
Of course, the difficulty with maximalism is knowing when you’re gone. too far. When does a gorgeous green wallpaper go from statement of functionality to garish and tacky? How can you decorate with your maximalist wallpaper to make your whole room look like it was designed by a pro? Reddit has you covered.
Redditor grandpapigo recently posted the above image to the r/HomeDecorating subreddit, asking fellow Redditors how best to design around this nature-inspired green wallpaper from Rifle Paper Co. Here are the best answers from Internet. Read on if you need a little inspiration for your own space (or just want to see if your design choice makes the list).
This was one of the most popular answers and it’s not hard to see why – whether it’s a unique room or a gallery wall full of mirrors, this classic decor helps give the appearance of more space and light, and it fits in well with the established aesthetic.
Redditor Various_Bat3824 noted, “For me the model is a bit overwhelming. A large mirror with a gold frame would give my eyes a place to relax. Or a grouping of four mirrors in a large square formation with plenty of space between them would also be nice.
KittensMagoo added that “long rectangular gold-framed mirrors” would also work.
As is likely apparent from the mirror discussion, gold frames and accents were a hot topic of conversation. Of course, it doesn’t stop at mirrors.
“Mirror frame, sculpture, sconces, whatever… but gold of course!” said Redditor MayorCleanPants.
Black and white decor
While many loved the idea of gold accents to go with this green wallpaper, black and white is also a classic combination – and one that goes well with gold.
“I was thinking of three prints, mostly white space with minimal black line art (or another color line art if you want contrast with all the green),” happypiggo said. “Perhaps gold frames?”
Redditor turquoisebee added, “I’m thinking of something with a large mat, to reduce visual turmoil…I could see adding two to three pictures/paintings, with white frames and large white mats. It might actually add a bit of calm. Something like black and white photos might be nice.
Not only does the furniture break up the maximalist wallpaper, but it also creates more storage space. Grandfatherpigo confirmed there wasn’t much space between the wall and the table – it’s basically a small walkway – but Redditors were undeterred.
MeddlingMoose suggested: “A short credenza under [a] the mirror would melt it a bit too if there was enough space. [You] could even add some simple vases [and] books on top with a pair of bronze sconces on either side.
Acrobatic-Video6418 added, “You should place a light or white colored cabinet with a mirror above it. The wallpaper needs a few layers of decor to match the interior as a whole.
As for the space issue, ObiWanCombover said, “Maybe try a really narrow console table? You could probably find one less than 10 inches deep because they are so often found in tight spaces like hallways and entryways. A nice mirror above and neat decor on top would be adorable.
Redditor Eikobot added that a small console “would also help visually pull the green chairs out of the wallpaper.”
Redditor cocorego reported that they have the same wallpaper in their own home, but in a much smaller space. “You could add moldings in the middle of the wall that double as shelves,” they said. “It would break the wallpaper a bit; plus, you can then add art above and candlesticks, etc., on the molding shelf. I also did it on a wall in my kitchen.
Part of the beauty of maximalist wallpaper is that it gets big, loud, and in your face.
“I like it as it is!” said 55pennycandy.
Intelligent-Metal205 agreed: “Seriously. It is a loaded and beautiful model. Adding stuff will only put more stress on the eyes – that’s why it’s a great standalone focal point.
This green wallpaper is a great example of a maximalist element in a home that mixes modern and vintage decor. Whether you prefer to muted your maximalist wallpaper in a subtle way or let it shine, you’ll find plenty of great ideas here that you can incorporate into your own design.