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What is Maximalist Interior Design?

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For the past several years, minimalist design trends have been, well, trendy. We’ve embraced neutral colors and decluttered so our homes are full of only things that spark joy.

If you’re not a fan of minimalism, the tide is turning! Since many of us have been spending more time at home over the past year or so, there has been a shift toward filling our homes with things we love and that make us feel inspired.

Enter: maximalism.

What is Maximalism?

Maximalism is the opposite of minimalist design. Where minimalism uses neutral colors and just the essentials, maximalism embraces color, pattern, and intricate details.

With bold colors, one-of-a-kind items, and a healthy dose of patterns, maximalism is over the top and excessive, but never cluttered or messy. Maximalist spaces are carefully curated so you feel invigorated being surrounded by things you love.

Hallmarks of Maximalist Design

If you’re interested in maximalism into your home decor, here are some elements to incorporate into your space:

Bold Colors 

Whether it’s your furniture, wall colors, or accents, forget neutrals and go for the bold. Colorful walls, furniture, rugs, and accents are all must-haves in a maximalist space. Create a color palette that feels true to your style, but don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone!

bedroom with colorful accents

Statement Pieces

Unique furniture, a funky sculpture, or colorful chairs are all welcome in a maximalist home! And don’t worry about everything matching. A green sofa with yellow chairs? Yes! A gold coffee table with black end tables? Beautiful! Even long curtains in a bold color or luxurious fabric like velvet can act as a statement piece!

living room with bold green walls

Blended Design Styles

If you don’t have a clearly defined interior design style, maximalism is perfect for you! Since you’re not bound to one style, you can feel free to mix it up. Add elements of any style that feels true to you: boho, mid-century modern, traditional, eclectic, whatever you like! 

maximalist living room

One of a Kind Items

In a maximalist room, the more unique an item is, the better. Visit antique stores and thrift stores to find furniture you won’t get anywhere else and shop local markets to find original art. Of course, you can find plenty of unique things shopping online!

items for sale in an antique store

Unique Wall Art

In maximalist interior design, you’re not limited to framed art on your walls. Experiment with hanging tapestries, beautiful plates, or even woven items like shallow baskets. This adds visual interest and texture to your walls, both of which are staples in maximalist design.

Mixed Patterns

Typically, you might limit yourself to one pattern in a room and use color to complement it. With maximalist home decor, you can mix patterns to your heart’s content! Use an animal print as a neutral and complement it with florals, or mix a geometric pattern with an abstract motif.

room with blue walls and mixed patterns

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