Busy Yet Beautiful: 8 Interiors Enhanced By Clutter
It’s hard to imagine that disorder can be charming, or that messy can be appealing, but when done right that’s exactly what they can be. Busy Yet Beautiful
No, we don’t recommend that you start knocking over the furniture, throwing around your dishes, or dragging mud into your home. Quite the opposite: what we’re referring to is a type of “organized chaos,” a style where rooms are overflowing with items and colours and textures, but arranged in such a way that they achieve beauty rather than repulsion.
You may be wondering: “Is that even possible?” Of course it is! Here are 8 examples that prove it.
1) So Much To See
With so many colours, materials, dishes, plates, art, chairs and bright lights, this home is visually overpowering—but in a good way. How so? Because even with the excess furniture and other items, this room doesn’t look ugly or unappealing. Instead it looks inviting, a place where family and friends gather and have fun. The abundance of colours and decoration creates a festive atmosphere, which wouldn’t be possible if this room took a minimalist approach.
2) Cool Clutter
This interior aims for a rebellious, carefree attitude through its emphasis on disorder. If everything were neat and organized then it would inspire a sense of peace and formality, but from the collection of music records, toys and posters we can guess that this room belongs to someone who’s artistic, someone who values unpredictability over convention. That’s why a little disorder goes a long way to showing off this person’s fun and creative side.
3) Modern & Messy
While this home isn’t overflowing with items like in our first example, it does have a certain look of disorder and disarray. The room’s miniature size requires items to be stacked on top of each other, and we see this on the couch, the speakers, the drawers, and the shoe storage compartment. This interior isn’t trying to hide its crowded and chaotic side; instead, as we see from the Iron Man figure pushing through the wall with cracks along the arms and face, it’s proudly advertising its messy and modern edge.
4) Classic Chaos
Unlike any of the previous examples, this interior is teeming with furniture and other decor but still manages to look classy and sophisticated. Perhaps that’s because the items aren’t all bright and diversely coloured. Rather, everything uses the same brownish tone, which is why for a home filled with so many things it achieves cohesion and balance.
5) Artsy Attitude
This industrial apartment with a musical edge utilizes multiple colours, busy overhead lighting, stacks of books, wall-mounted guitars, and a clock to convey an attitude of defiance. Everything from the furniture to the apples on the dinner table are angled in separate directions to further reinforce this sense of disobedience. Art can’t be neatly contained or limited, and neither can this apartment.
6) Brazenly Bright
This interior uses bright, powerful colours to achieve a busy and cheerful look. From the vibrant-hued paintings on the wall to the deep violets of the couch and its flashy pillows, even right down to the wavy yellow and white carpeting, this home is alive and upbeat.
What’s more, all the natural light and greenery from outside only serve to increase these feelings of warmth and fun.
7) Stacks of Stuff
Although display cases are meant to organize items into tidy stacks, this particular one takes a more random approach. Here, no two compartments are the same size and some are horizontally structured while others are vertical, creating asymmetry and adding a sense of disorder. However, since many of the items are strange and eclectic, this type of organized chaos is a perfect look for the display case.
8) Chaotically Cool
The ultimate living space for youngsters, everything about this loft suggests that chaos is cool. From the pendent lights suspended almost lazily from the ceiling, the picture frames clustered together on the wall, to the heaps of luggage and works of art on the floor, this apartment is proud to boast that messy is fun and disorder is fashionable.
These preceding examples reveal how clutter can be charming and how busy interiors are an expression of style rather than poor taste. While this type of organization (or disorganization) is not everyone, it’s perfect for young homeowners or anyone who adores a festive atmosphere.