Just as you have probably already guessed, maximalism design is simply the polar opposite of minimalist design. While minimalists are busy whittling down on their possessions and keeping each room freed of too much furniture, knick-knacks, colors and patterns, maximalists are working on creating a home that expresses just the opposite. This growing trend has taken a foothold in home decor and is quickly becoming a favorite for a lot of designers. It’s fun, spicy, and gives designers a lot more to work with when it comes to patterns, textures, styles of furniture, and everything else in between. If you are someone who loves bold colors, a room full of objects and furniture to look at, and have an eye for unique collections you want to display, maximalism design might be right up your alley.
How to get started
Although maximalism design may look like you just stuff a room full of “stuff,” there’s actually an art to putting maximalism room together. This particular design theme requires a starting point that’s followed by adding layers of decor from that base. A starting point, or base, for Maximalism design typically starts with the floor or the walls. Everything else builds from there. When Huff Post interviewed Sasha Bikoff, a famous New York designer and self-proclaimed maximalist, explained how the process should be done in stages as opposed to decorating the room all at once. Once you have your base, add furniture pieces, textures, colors, and decor items as you go. Creating in stages allows for you to create an even flow to your room that is balanced and visually aesthetic.
Mix and match
The great thing about maximalism design is that you don’t have to stick to one particular theme or idea. Mixing and matching ideas and decor is one of the best things about this design. It’s one that allows you to include an array of your favorite colors, patterns, materials, textures, art pieces, and favorite collectibles, all in one room. Mixing and matching materials in this – anything-goes design, keeps things interesting and visually stimulating. To keep things balanced throughout the room, mixing and matching patterns and the hues found in the fabrics.
Don’t skimp on the colors
While minimalist work on keeping everything as neutral and muted as possible, maximalist will rev things up several notches, spreading bright and bold colors throughout the room. Freshome suggests using bright, cheery colors that make you feel happy, keeping in mind that any style fits, from BoHo to shabby chic, and Moroccan to modern. Incorporate and match your favorite colors and patterns in furniture pieces, area rugs, throw pillows, and of course, the walls. You may even want to create an accent wall painted in one color, and choose a secondary color for the rest. Or cover your focal wall with a beautiful printed wallpaper and paint the rest in one of the primary hues from the print.
Add your decor items
Whether you are a fan of the opera, love music, have a flair for art collecting, or adore flamingos, incorporating all of your favorite things into a room is part of the fun when it comes to creating a maximalism room. A wall papered in flamingos can look great in the same room as a collection of opera memorabilia, a leopard rug, and bright-colored flowers in retro vases. The object is, the more, the merrier, keeping in mind that the room should flow with a natural and organized vibe – not messy. Colors may be bold and even seem contradictory of each other, according to Canva, but they should always be a sense of harmonious rhythm to the decor.
Repeat patterns and colors
Repetition is one way to create a unique and more-is-more look in a room. Repeat colors, decor items, and patterns throughout the room. A wall filled with an arrangement of decorative mirrors, framed artwork, book covers or anything else you can design in a repetitive fashion is one way to give the eyes something to absorb. Fill shelves with a collection of stacked books that boast colorful covers to create the perception of repetition, or hang a framed piece of the same wallpaper that hangs on an adjacent wall to add the idea of repetitive decor design.
Just when you think you’ve chosen something too busy or flamboyant, reconsider and find a place for it in one of your maximalism designed rooms. This design theme is all about displaying your favorite things and your gusto for life, so have fun and, get busy – literally. To show you how big and bold maximalism can be, take a look at the following 20 examples of maximalism interior design pics.
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