Interior designer Steven Favreau is a preeminent force on today’s design stage, with a maximalist point of view as daring as it is discerning. Theatrical in personality, style, and design, his unexpected use of color and texture seamlessly merges the gritty and the sleek, the antique and the contemporary—in a way that allows each genre to elevate the other.
After studying interior design at New York City’s esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology, Steven set out to transform spaces with his unmistakable maximalist approach at home and abroad, with a passion for creating the most dynamic, chic and livable residential and commercial settings imaginable. He was later a contestant on HGTV’s The White Room Challenge, and was a two-time semi-finalist for the HGTV home decorating show Design Star. In 2018, online furniture giant Wayfair named him Tastemaker of the Year, and his work has been featured in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and more. In 2018, he opened an 11,000-sq.-ft. headquarters in Boston, dubbed the Favreaulous Factory.
CREATE, DON’T REPLICATE
While it is easy to copy a room you see in the magazines or on TV, I encourage you to be inspired while letting your own unique style shine through.
LAYER IT ON
More is more. Have fun layering multiple textures and colors. Experiment with contrasting styles and find the combination that reflects your own point of view.
MIX, DON’T MATCH
While there are beautiful examples of rooms that reflect just one period or style, when you mix it up, the result is more exciting and allows you to express your true inner self. Don't be afraid to mix high price points with bargain finds, either.
Keep your accessories to a minimum, and arrange them in groupings. Odd numbers are often more pleasing when clustering in a group. When you leave some space on a shelf or table for your accessories to breathe, the effect is much more impactful.
Let’s face it, budgets are a reality. I recommend you spend a little more on the pieces you use most often or that will make the biggest statement. Ensure you have a sofa that is comfortable and stylish—it’s never a bad idea to spend more for comfort!
SAY YES TO WALLPAPER
Wallpaper can be exciting! Shop all the wonderful and affordable online resources, and start small. Take a chance on something eye-catching in your foyer or powder room—and don’t forget about the ceiling!
BE A LEADER
Trends come and go, and can make our homes look dated quickly. See what’s new and exciting in high-end home decor and fashion magazines. Then, let yourself be inspired and emulate only what you love.
GO FOR BOLD
Try to be courageous with your design decisions. When choosing paint, try going a couple shades darker than you typically would, or throw in some bold pillows to add your personality.
Don't be afraid of purchasing items secondhand or recovering your parents’ favorite dining chairs. Not only will you be honoring family heirlooms—you will also be practicing sustainability.
TAP INTO THE POWER OF SEVEN
While creating your maximalist look, layer on the seven elements of interior design: color, form, space, texture, pattern, line, and light. Most successful designs follow these tenants with care and consideration.