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More is More Posted On 01 October 2021

The Maximalist Trend

 

For some, minimalism is the way to go. A monochrome colour palette, few items and just generally less ‘stuff’. For others, this just isn’t practical or possible. A busy family needs ‘things’ and it’s no use telling a toddler that their favourite, brightly coloured (and probably loud) toy just doesn’t fit with the minimalist look you’re going for. Enter: the maximalist trend. More is more and there are no rules.

One great thing about maximalism is that you can’t mess it up. Some basics that are easily embraced are the use of colour. Load up on colour and artwork, the more the better. The goal is personalisation rather than perfection.

Colour is the foundation of maximalist design. Start with a basic colour palette and build on it. Dark wall colours are popular and should be paired with bold or bright accents/patterns to balance them out.  To prevent the space appearing too random, choose a few common colours/patterns and repeat throughout the room. Gallery walls work really well with maximalism. The goal is simply to fill a wall with artwork you love. The gallery wall can feature artwork of different sizes, shapes, mediums and frame types. The only thing to consider is to take care to space the work properly. Decide on a measurement you are going to have between each frame and stick to it.

Maximalism is all about comfort, pile your sofas high with throws and cushions. Vintage accents pair well with this trend and the Victorian and Art Deco styles were all about excess too. Book lovers can finally dig all their volumes out of storage. Pile books haphazardly on coffee tables or stack artfully in piles on the floor, the more the better. The best thing about this trend is the deliberate steer away from perfectionism. In fact, maximalist décor works best when it’s imperfect. While your décor should have unifying colours and patterns, there is no need to stress over matching colours or furniture.

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