In all things, there is an equal and opposite force, right? You take the good with the bad, the calm with the hectic, the ups and the downs – You get the point here. Design is no different. When Minimalism came on the scene and took the world by storm, the Maximalist Design Trend was re-birthed.
Now, if you are a die-hard faithful member of the Minimalist Club, you may turn your nose to the very idea of Maximalism. But let’s keep an open mind and take an honest look at what this interior design trend really means. You may be surprised at just how purposeful it is.
Then, if you are asking what precisely the maximalism trend is and how it can work for you, you have found the right page. Georgia Home Remodeling has pulled together the research to help you on your journey to a more maximally beautiful home.
In interior design, there are those who hold each item and “Marie Kondo” it. They are careful to only keep what brings them joy, and the rest gets let go of, tossed, recycled, or donated. Then there are those who just have more things that bring them joy. (personally speaking) We are not referring to clutter or hoarding here. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
Minimalism design focuses on beauty in simplicity, reducing saturation. While the Maximalist Design Trend allows for more loud styles and blends of pattern and vivid color. The one thing it is not is cluttered. Each piece is intentional and follows a set of rules specific to maximize design and function.
In order to truly get how to do the Maximalist Design Trend correctly, you must be familiar with the basics. They are as follows.
It is easiest to begin with color in this more-is-more style. You see, how the colors work together is a crucial element. Bright saturated colors bring the rooms to life with intention and placement. Starting with one base hue, the complementary colors can be from two to four or more. It all depends on your theme. Your only limit is the rainbow!
When achieving a coastal Maximal look, you may choose a base of light blue, then bold whites, bright yellows, and varied shades of pinks, blues, and greens. As long as they all work together, colors can be added.
Patterns and shapes are as abundant as the colors of the style. Bright modern patters, stunning florals, and geometric patterns can all work together to highlight the color scheme of your interior. – Begin with the pattern that catches your eye, the one you cannot leave the store without. No, that may be on a decorative pillow, on a bolt of fabric, or in a bold piece of artwork. That piece will define your look and set the rules of color and pattern for the rest of the rooms. Then you can find complementary geometrics and the like to repeat as needed.
If you look at a sofa in a magazine with a perfectly tossed blanket and lots of comfy pillows to match, you love a maximal sofa. And many things can be layered in the home to create this feeling. Not only the couch but the rugs on the floor, blankets on the bed, and textiles on the dining table all can add layers with style and beauty.
Minimal design is often less comfortable and more focused on order and simplicity. But in this home, you can buy the overstuffed couch or the giant pillows and fluffy throws. Coordinating your comfort with the beauty of the color scheme and design is the way to go.
Do you love books? Well then, the Maximal approach is perfect for you. All your books are welcomed in this design, so long as they are displayed, stacked, or placed with intention. And you can even stack your new books to read on a table with a trinket on top to add to the décor and easy access.
The walls in a Maximal Design Trend home are never left bare. Artwork, shelves with antiques, stacks of books, and more adorn the walls with purposeful and calculated placement. Use all sizes and shapes as long as they continue to support the color scheme and patterns of the furniture and fabrics chosen.
Gallery walls are very popular in Maximalism. Decide on a measurement between frames and stick with it. Then you can hang beautiful art to fill an entire accent wall if you’d like.
This piece or these pieces should anchor the room and set the tone for the concept. In fact, they may be the first thing you choose for the room. For instance, you have an art piece your grandmother lovingly created, and you love it. Take the colors in that piece and draw them out onto the walls and fabrics. Then when you come across that lamp, pillow, or piece of furniture, hold them together to see if they “play nicely” together. Now you have two statement pieces for the eye to be drawn to in the room.
Maximalists create an environment that says something about themselves and the world they want to surround themselves with. Cohesion is the key to ensuring it does not go too far into a clutter of stuff. All your colors and patterns should work together, and nothing should stick out like a sore thumb.
This décor is all for you, so make sure it all gives you joy. Feel free to express yourself creatively while blending colors and styles. This means you can incorporate more of your favorite flower, shape, colors, and more. More is more when it makes you smile and has intentional placement. Most of all, have fun with your design.
To fully embrace the Maximal home, begin slowly. Start by finding your base color and those that will compliment it. Then keep it all (and we mean all) in the same color scheme. Add the color in layered patterns and sentimental pieces that match your theme. But remember not to over-accessorize. Clutter is not maximal; it is clutter. Then add one piece intentionally at a time.
Here is a pro tip from theSpruce.
“Interior designer Isabel Ladd says that animal prints, such as leopard and snake can serve as neutral bases for a maximalist space. The colors of the prints themselves aren’t over the top, so mixing these patterns can create a maximalist feeling in the room that isn’t too obnoxious or noisy.”
Remodeling comes in all shapes and sizes and even colors. You may want to remove years of wear and tear on your walls revealed by a clean-out of the clutter. Perhaps you now have an empty room that could be better used. There are many scenarios we could mention here. But you get the drift. Intentional design for the things you love to be surrounded with is a worthwhile goal to reach for. And remodeling your home in the new colors and concepts can maximize your joy in the space in which you live each day.
Georgia Home Remodeling is here for all your home remodeling projects. Our team provides all the service you need to make that home look just as you have always dreamed it could. So, give your Georgia Remodeling team a call to see how we can help you live the Maximal Design Trend to the fullest with a custom design and remodel.