In recent times, we have heard and read a lot about the ‘minimalistic’ trend within interior design circles. As such, we believe that it is high time that ‘maximalism’, the opposite approach, was also given its due share of attention.
Contrary to the minimalist ideal of ‘less being more’, a maximalist believes that ‘more really is more’!
Upon hearing this, it is easy to think that maximalism represents cluttered interior spaces with everything thrown in. But in reality, this design approach is actually quite well-managed; in spite of its obvious contrast to a clean, muted, and frugal form of living.
Some Maximalism 101
If you are new to the maximalist trend, then let us begin by offering some brief explanation. But for starters, please don’t confuse the term with overwhelming interior themes or disorganisation. Because in all actuality, maximalism requires adherence to as many sets of rules as minimalism does.
For a maximalist, colours happen to be of great significance. Instead of muted hues, they prefer lush shades, and are not afraid to use many of them. Artwork is also a prominent feature in this type of interior theme.
Several maximalists like decorating a cosy ambience with books. In this way, maximalism offers a comfortable and personalised lifestyle.
How to create maximalist interiors
Minimalism is not everybody’s cup of tea. Some people like to be surrounded by a layered and bright interior.
If you are such an individual, consider the following tips for building a maximalist home interior:
1. Connect with colours
As mentioned above, colours make up a major chunk of a maximalist design theme. While the experts familiar with this trend suggest being generous with colours, the idea does not encourage disorganised usage. In fact, the best way to go about it is to apply dark hues to your walls. Apply bright accent colours to round off the appearance.
Organising your colour theme in this manner creates a balance that evokes comfort. At the same time, it makes your interiors look stunning.
We recommend black, mustard, navy blue, and similar deep shades for painting walls. For accents, don’t hesitate to incorporate bold colours such as red, bright pink, and even yellow.
2. Experiment with patterns and textures
Now that you have your colour theme done with, it is time for applying patterns and textures. Incorporating these two design elements are one of the best methods for uplifting a room’s ambience. Maximalism allows you the freedom to tweak standard design rules. It doesn’t require you to have all décor elements match perfectly. Instead, you can create an atmosphere that fits your mood.
To have fun with this freedom, bring in those patterns and textures. The furniture, cushions, carpets, curtains, and similar decorative and functional items are your play things.
3. Avoid disorganisation
While maximalism does give you the leverage needed to break rules, it does not, however, condone making haphazard choices.
Don’t hesitate to apply varying styles to your interiors. But try to create a connection between them in some way. Doing so results in a cohesive design theme, making your room look like one entity – and not a display store!
For example, you can coordinate two different interior items using the same colour. Textures that complement each other also offer this kind of aesthetic ‘link building’.
4. Revel in a lot of furniture variety
With minimalism, a designer is often stuck with contemporary furniture pieces. On the other hand, maximalism makes space for using furniture from all eras. So if you have an appreciation for both mid-century and contemporary pieces, you can work with both.
Experts recommend using furniture from at least three different time periods.
5. Pick some works of art
Using good artwork constitutes one of the cornerstones of maximalism. It offers a decent level of creative freedom to decorate your walls. And the best part is that works of art come in huge varieties of colours and patterns; making your interiors look interesting.
Start by making a gallery wall. You don’t have to stick with one style of artwork for this. You can also play with different frame styles and sizes. Another great idea is to display the artwork on open shelves.
Maximalism is a beautiful way of designing your home.
We highly recommend it for people who are not into rules much, and believe in personalisation. It is all about adding the interior elements that one loves. A little bit of coordination, coupled with a whole lot of creativity, tends to produce amazing maximalist results.
If you’ve got some maximalist design ideas of your own, please share them in the comments section below.