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After what looks like a decade of Instagram parading through chalk-colored living rooms with a sparse arrangement of simple candles and a casually placed coffee table book, we’re having a bit of fun with a maximalist design. And with a 5,000% increase in searches for “maximalist interior design” over the past 12 months, it is set to become a major trend in 2022.
An offshoot of cluttercore and cottagecore, which advocates an abundance of mismatched but meaningful objects, maximalism encompasses the abundance of color and scale.
“If flying flowers and knickknacks stacked on coffee tables aren’t for you, then maybe this season’s new alternative to maximalist decor will appeal to you,” says Amy Wilson (@amywilsoninteriors,) interior designer for 247 curtains. “More is more in terms of bold color blocks and paint effects – think of conflicting patterns in the form of stripes and geometries as well as incorporating larger, bolder accessories.
“Remember, there are no rules when it comes to maximalist decorating, so have fun creating your plan for you. Think bold, big, brave and you can’t go wrong … ‘
Maximalism in the living room – go ahead or go big
While the tough rules are thin on the field when it comes to maximalism, “go for it or grow taller” is a good design maxim to keep in mind. Deal with patterned wallpaper, striped furniture, and stacks of props, or go big by playing with the ladder.
If you prefer to be busy, familiarize yourself with stylish overlays.
“Layering is considered a classic trick of maximalist decor,” says Amy. “The layering of patterns, colors and furniture adds an element of interest and seduction. However, layering is much more than decorating a fireplace full of treasures, it’s about layering elements that you might not traditionally think of. For example, why not layer rugs?
Or if you’d rather go big, choose fewer pieces but make them oversized.
Maximizing on a large scale rather than adding copious amounts of props and knickknacks will ensure the ultimate maximalist vibe. Opt for oversized fixtures suspended from a dark ceiling for more drama, or a signature chair that plays with proportion, appearing slightly large for the space, ”adds Amy.
Maximalism in the kitchen – enhance the color
Often times we will default to white or gray in our kitchens, as we see them primarily as functional spaces. But maximalist design rarely leaves something in one color.
“Don’t be afraid to play with combinations you might not have considered before. Try combining pastels like lilac and mint with a super bright primary color, ”says Amy. “Elevating it a bit more, try painting the inside of your window frame and sill in a bright, contrasting color. To create a super unique statement, try painting your ceiling in black and white stripes by combining this with a statement color on your walls. It’s time to be brave! ‘
Even if you choose a practical white base for your walls and floors, consider blue painted shelves, green cabinets, or even a hot pink kitchen island …
Maximalism in the bedroom – opt for a functional bed
Create a maximalist feature of your bed by opting for bold upholstery, like this pink Liberty bed by DFS. “Pink comes in many hues, but check out bubblegum, neon, and fuchsia shades to bring your maximalist scheme to life. Whether it’s in pillows, blinds, curtains, art, or paint, you can find a pink to work with most patterns, so embrace it, ”says Amy.
We like too Annie sloanclever color blocking technique for the headboard. Color block with a range of colors to add character to any room but don’t settle for stripes, go for zigzags, curves and waves adorned with color. For a finishing touch, be sure to add a pattern and never, never neglect your fifth wall – the ceiling! ‘ said Amy.
Maximalism in the home office – seek inspiration
Whether it’s applying maximalist design principles in your WFH space, it all depends on how you work most efficiently. Some people need a perfectly organized desk and soft colors to fully focus – if that’s you, steer clear.
However, what maximalism can bring to your home office is a ton of inspiration, a bit of escape, and a visual break from the hard work.
If that sounds like something you need during the work day, go for a desk with built-in shelving, like this Rockett St George piece, and fill it with whatever sparks a little joy to you. Or build a gallery wall filled with meaningful photos and your favorite artwork to encourage healthy daydreaming.
Maximalism in the bathroom – embrace model
A downstairs toilet is a very common place to implement maximalist interior design, given that it is usually a small space and quite unobtrusive.
While your tub or shower, toilet, cabinet, etc. are usually in practical and easy-to-clean finishes, ditch your bathroom walls and floors to maximalism. Patterned wallpaper is a bathroom favorite – in fact, it was the biggest bathroom trend of 2021 – or for something a little different go for it. Annie sloan done with a checkerboard floor. Any model is a good model in maximalism.
“Hexagons, zigzags, dots – any repeating pattern – all work well together to achieve an alternate and maximalist pattern conflict. Keep the palette bold and bright to get the most out of these designs, ”says Amy.
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