It’s big, it’s bold and it’s back! We saw it creeping into interior design trends at the end of last year but fast forward through another rollercoaster year and Maximalism is truly back with a bang! For the past few years the interior design emphasis has been focused on the minimalist look, with Marie Kondo clear outs, fresh colour palettes and uncluttered spaces all trending. But like all good things, we knew it couldn’t top the charts forever. Enter: Maximalism.
Maximalist style is a rebellious reaction to the minimalist movement and has aspects and elements that are the polar opposite to minimalist components. White surfaces, minimally decorated walls, and quiet color palettes are a no-go for maximalism. When it comes to decor, the bigger, brighter, and busier the better. It’s not messy or random, as it’s often portrayed, but it’s also not perfect. What it is, is personal.
HOW TO ACHIEVE THE LOOK (AND AVOID OVER CLUTTERING YOUR SPACE):
One of the key elements of maximalism is layering. The best way to adopt the more-is-more trend is to start slow. Adding color, patterned soft furnishings, and displaying sentimental pieces of decor is a good place to begin.
Layer 1: Walls and Floor
This trend promotes repetition, patterns, bold palettes and intricate graphic details. Maximalism is a style composed of mixing patterns and saturated colours but it doesn’t have to be loud and noisy. Look for wallpapers and curtains with repetitive patterns in prints such as florals, abstract, and animal prints. Textured rugs such as rag rugs with woven geometric designs work well in this style. Mix with rich, bold paint colours on your walls.
A fantastic way to incorporate the trend is to decorate your fifth wall, the ceiling! Don’t forget to add a statement light fixture. Paneled walls and tiled floors can also subtly introduce the style through their naturally repetitive patterns, opulent colours and high gloss finishes can add an extra dimension to your overall design.
Layer 2 – Furniture and Furnishings
Unique statement pieces and eclectic, non-matching furniture is the name of the game here. Combining rugs, cushions and curtains can be a great way to start curating a maximalist room. Add furniture in different patterns and saturated colours, each layer should share the story of your home or the people who occupy the space. Think about the personalities of who sits where, the places you’ve travelled and the adventures you’ve shared.
Skilled Furniture upcylers are a great starting point to help you make the most of what you have and take it from the mundane to an item that brings you joy.
Layer 3 – Making it your own.
This style is all about you and surrounding yourself with the things you love. It’s a mishmash of patterns, styles and textures, utilising your favourite items and putting them on show to be enjoyed. However, it is often a misconception that maximalism is an overstuffed space full of hoarded treasures. It isn’t about filling every square inch of your home with stuff. While it embraces the idea of excess, it’s not in the way you might think.
Select precious photographs, prized collections, and one-of-a-kind possessions which you may have acquired over time, often in a rainbow of colors, textures, and styles. Carefully curate these into sets or even a relaxed theme such as a travel, and display them so that each piece can be appreciated. Multiples of items like books, cushions, vintage glass bottles and plants all work well to help create your space. Large mirrors on wallpapered walls help keep the room from feeling overbearing.
Maximilism is about creating a space you love and can connect with, it’s about talking points and storytelling, it’s about you.