Many of us have heard of minimalist décor, which adhered to strict rules such as using a restricted color palette, reducing the number of decorative items in a room, maximizing floor space, and lightly scattering an area with sleek and simple pieces of furniture.
For those who like to have their personal belongings around them and cannot live without color and adornments in their midst, maximalism has come to the rescue, and here are 4 ways to embrace the style.
The Colour Palette
The minimalist palette is limited to one or two colors, or rather shades such as white and grey. If you wish to create a maximalist aesthetic, you can use as many colors as you like, and the bolder, the better! Think bright, bold, and busy.
Clashing colors can create a vibrant statement. Use a color palette of intense jewel colors such as amethyst purple, emerald green, sapphire blue, and ruby red.
Don’t be afraid to paint your walls with dark, saturated colors, even if your rooms are small. Enclosed spaces that have become dark and moody can look great and enhance the look. The color of 2020/2021 is deep blue – this looks great teamed with accents of gold, rose gold, or copper and is a popular color choice for kitchen cabinets and feature walls.
Plenty of Patterns
The rules are, there are no rules! The use of bold patterns is essential to get a maximalist look. When implementing the look, you do not have to limit yourself to one design as layering lots of different patterns gives the best effect.
Look for luxurious fabrics decorated with floral, geometric, and animal patterns and use them to make cushions, curtains, sofa covers, lampshades, or tablecloths. Leopard print or jungle-themed prints look great with jewel colors, and they can be used as a base for your decorative look. Fabrics with green palm trees and ferns work well with pink hues such as blush or rose gold.
Intricate and Interesting
Probably the most appealing aspect of maximalist décor is that it champions the excessive use of ornaments, art, and visual adornments.
Walls can be covered with as many pieces of art as you like. Use an assortment of frames in different colors, sizes, and materials to frame some of your favorite pictures. Accentuate your wall art with stylish picture lights placed above them. Such lights can create a beautiful ambiance when illuminated on a dark night.
Lifesize ceramic leopards sitting beside your fireplace look great against jungle print or botanical wallpaper. If you are a keen traveler and have picked up souvenirs from all over the world, showcase them in a display cabinet reaching from floor to ceiling. Browse charity shops, antique stores, flea markets, and websites selling second-hand goods for elaborate, even kitsch decorative pieces. Make your home a feast for the eyes.
Maximalist style is all about expressing your personality through your décor. It is not a look that can be acquired overnight, but rather a look that is most effective when built up over the years and evolved as you collect pieces from travels, shopping, and inheritance. Each individual item in your home probably tells a story and has earned its place in your décor.
A mixture of old and new furniture can successfully create the desired look but steer clear of having too much modern, simple furniture with sleek lines.
The maximalist style looks best with old, elaborate furniture such as pieces with intricate carving or antique styling. The basic idea is to fill as much space with things that you love and not worry about items clashing—team a velvet chesterfield sofa, scattered with leopard print cushions, with an ethnic embroidered footstool. Mixing historical eras and cultures such as Victoriana with African tribal prints will look spot on.
Maximalist rooms should be comfortable and welcoming. People should enjoy being in your home and feel like they can relax and kick off their shoes without worrying about tarnishing or damaging any priceless pieces of furniture or art.
Make your living areas cozy by incorporating lots of soft fabrics such as velvet and silk and embellish with sheepskin rugs, mohair, and angora blanket throws. Consider hanging a colorful rug or tapestry on the wall to add texture, color, and interest to the eye.
Remember that although you can mix and match lots of styles, colors, and patterns, keep it tasteful as there is a fine line between maximalism and just plain tacky.