We have all heard of minimalism. It’s a concept that has gained traction in interior design and architecture. Nonetheless, most people know little about maximalism in interior design.
This unique concept encourages the use of numerous aesthetic styles to create the theme of a space. However, before we jump into analyzing the maximalism approach to interior design, it’s important to set straight some of the misconceptions surrounding the concept.
Maximalism encourages excess
The prevailing theme in maximalism is “more is more”. This is contrary to the “less is more” motto of minimalism. Unfortunately, people misunderstand maximalism to mean hoarding is good and excess is the way to go.
The concept of maximalism encourages the exploration of different styles and patterns in your interior design. It opens up doors to curating unique design combinations. Therefore, the idea is not about having excess but combining many styles to achieve unified themes.
Maximalism is chaotic
The idea of combining several styles sounds chaotic. However, maximalism seeks to layer different styles to achieve unified themes. Although many people assume maximalism is random, the design style establishes patterns and aesthetically pleasing shapes.
Maximalism is loud
Maximalism has been accused of being visually loud and repulsive. But, on the contrary, the designs often spark a lot of curiosity. Each colour, pattern and item uniquely fits in a homogeneous combination that baffles the eye and draws interest.
Maximalism indeed leaves little room for your own thoughts, but the style effectively adds life to a space. It might not be the best option for a study, but it depends on what sparks your thinking: a dull room or a lively space.
The truth about maximalism?
Maximalism is not a new concept. It’s an approach to interior design that has echoed in numerous eras. The Hollywood regency style, popular in the 1930s, combined unique accent fittings, statement lighting and satin upholstery that stayed true to maximalism. However, the style drew inspiration from the Greek, Asian and Egyptian cultures that explored similar themes centuries earlier.
Currently, maximalism is gaining popularity among interior designers. As a result, numerous interior design companies have embraced the style, and clients are excited about the results.
Nonetheless, it isn’t easy to successfully explore maximalism. So here is a small guide to help you find your way.
- Ground the colour palette
Maximalism uses a wide variety of tones in the theme’s colour palette. However, there is some structure to the colour combinations.
Using a pattern grounds the palette. On the other hand, you can use different coloured fittings to create an overarching theme. An example is enormous potted plants. The green leaves are enough to ground the colour pattern. Bold coloured curtains are also great if your walls are filled with varied colour combinations.
Matching smaller and larger patterns also creates a uniform expression that grounds the colour palette.
- Bright and bold colours
One of the most popular characteristics of maximalism is bold, bright colours on large interior surfaces like walls. Interior designers often create unique accent walls that feature bold colours or colour combinations. Thematic wallpapers are also used to cover bedroom walls.
Other surfaces that provide an excellent surface for bold colours are headboards and ceilings.
- Unique countertops and tiles
You can also use unique countertops in your bathroom and kitchen spaces to complement your minimalist theme. Explore attractive hues for your tiles and countertops. A few animal print designs are also welcomed.
- Maximalist decor
There are maximalist decors that add a unique appeal to a space and complement the theme. You only have to shop in the right stores to get your hands on a good piece. Luckily, you will know when you find it since it pops out. Maximalism is a misunderstood concept, but it’s the next big thing in interior design. Therefore, don’t be left behind. It’s time to go big or go home.