The maximalism trend has been around for a few years now, but it is a slow-burner that is currently enjoying a new wave of popularity.
Hit TV show The White Lotus has sparked a fresh enthusiasm for interiors that are on the more flamboyant side, as The Guardian recently reported.
The maximalist style can seem a bit daunting if you are new to it, but it is possible to introduce some elements that you like best without going over the top (although some would say this is the point!). Here’s a quick look at what it’s all about.
What are the main characteristics of maximalism?
Maximalism involves the use of bright or strong colours which are layered with floral prints and abstract or animal patterns. The overall look is full and busy, with plenty of personal items on display, such as wall art, framed photos, books, and ornaments.
It is very much seen as a reaction to the overwhelming trend for clean minimalism that has resulted in a glut of bland and depersonalised interior spaces for the past decade. There are no rules to Maximalism; it is as much about personal self-expression as conforming with the latest interior trend.
What are the origins of maximalism?
Maximalism draws on a range of styles and eras, but one of the biggest influences is the Victorian era. Think of lavishly furnished stately homes with opulent interiors, combined with the rich colours and flamboyant patterns of eastern cultures. Contemporary maximalism is unafraid to mix and match between different influences and time periods.
How can you bring the maximalism trend to your home?
There are some really simple ways to bring the maximalism trend to your home if you are intrigued by the idea, but don’t want to be completely overwhelmed by it. Layering up some patterns and textures with blankets and throws is a really easy way to add some extra touches of interest to a bland room, for example.
A display unit with open shelves or glass doors is another good place to start. The more unique and eclectic your items the better; forget about all those painfully well organised bookcases and colour coordinated artworks that you see so often on Instagram. It’s all about expressing your individuality and personality.
When it comes to colour schemes, darker shades such as navy blue and deep reds embody the look best. If you want to create a feature wall with wallpaper, botanical or animal designs are great choices. These are often contrasted with geometric patterns or stripes to bring an extra dimension.
To avoid going too far and creating an overly busy mish mash, make sure that the room has a unifying accent colour to bring everything together. Add some finishing touches with colourful plants and eye catching wall art or even some sculptural pieces. It’s all about creating an uplifting space that is both comfortable and inspiring.
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