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Maximalism – Will This be the Surprise Interior Design Trend of 2018
Minimalism, where less is more, is all well and good but for some, it is a suffocating design style. And boring.
If you think the same, then you may be erring on the side of being a maximalist. But what is the maximalism interior design trend? And how do you achieve it?
The Essence of Maximalism
It is a ‘more is more’ approach to interior design and is essentially an individual style where ‘anything goes’. If you love pink, use it. If you like some bits of a traditional design use it and yes, you can use these elements alongside modern design elements too.
But what stops this from becoming one big mess?
5 Essential Tips for Creating Maximalist Styled Home
#1 Start with big colour on walls
Think of your walls as the starting point but be warned, this style is all about the colour. From bright yellow walls to dramatic darker shades, this style in your chance to make a big impact. Don’t worry about detailed ceilings or flooring, just pack a punch with a bold wall colour.
The key to preventing the cacophony of lashing colours and elements in this style is to connect the dots. And that means having a sense of cohesion between key pieces. This can be hard to achieve if you are not sure how to marry it all together.
For example, if you have used a vintage rug in the room, add another element that links with this such as an older-style piece that contains the same colours. But then add the modern element to it, such as pristine white fitted living room furniture to create an eclectic look, without clashing.
If nothing else, create a room using similar colours and tones.
#3 Use different textures
The must-have fabric for the coming year is rich velvet and in the maximalist space, use a variety of textures and fabrics to create a welcoming space. Opt for the crushed velvet sofa with a leather armchair. Add depth and volume with large chunky knit cushions and rugs too.
In other words, use the rough and the smooth!
#4 Cluster and organise
This is about ‘just placing stuff everywhere’. And the way to stop this ‘mix’ from happening is to cluster and organise items in the room.
Use fitted display cabinets as the space to cluster your books together – why not group together books of the same height, for example? – or similar coloured shapes and colours of vases and other sculptures.
Bring a sense of order to the room by collecting things together than naturally tie together.
#5 It’s all about the display
Maximalism is opposite of minimalism. With minimalism, there are very few things on display and when they are, they are carefully chosen for what it offers the space. But within the wider boundaries of maximalism, the idea is to display things.
So, start collecting…
What do you think of the maximalist look? Too much or the perfect antidote to the minimalist movement?