The Yin to Minimalism’s Yang
Maximalism is trending, and for those who ascribe to this brand of organized chaos, more is definitely more.
Anti-clutter movements inspired by Marie Kondo and an enduring affinity towards Scandinavian-inspired simplicity have made minimalism the interior decor trend du jour. Popular styles have been defined by clean lines, muted palettes and a highly curated selection of decor accents.
But color and texture enthusiasts shouldn’t despair—maximalism is having a moment of its own. Bold hues, contrasting patterns and whimsical decor are moving into the mainstream, allowing designers and homeowners to infuse interest and personality into the rooms they call home. From beachfront to city living, maximalism has been touted as a more emotional way to design—and we’re breaking down the decor choices that are at the heart of this over-the-top trend.
Contrast as a calling card. Maximalists don’t ascribe to the notion that one contrasting element or one pop of bright color is enough to set off a room. Color and texture go hand-in-hand, with circular and straight lines, mixed finishes and unexpected hues coexisting in imperfect harmony. Dark window and door finishes or dark floors play well with the drama of busy patterns.
Telling a story with design. Design should be transformative, and maximalists know how to choose decor elements that evoke feeling and transport you to a different time or place. Whether it’s resort-style decor that brings you to the jungle, a one-way ticket to a Parisian flea market or a mid-century den with “Mad Men” vibes—maximalism is about unique experiences.
Whimsy is standard practice. Maximalism is less about design rules and more about what makes you feel inspired and unique. Unusual pieces like this banana plant chandelier against tropical wallpaper make this room unlike any other. Individuality reigns supreme—complete with monkeys hidden in the wallpaper.
Matching is overrated. This trend certainly doesn’t answer to traditional color-matching constraints. Green and orange can be friends, and busy patterns play the lead rather than the supporting role in room design. Styles can mix—from art-deco to farmhouse to coastal cottage. It’s all about staying true to your personal style.
Whether you’re ready to go all-in on maximalism or you’re simply interested in adding elements of whimsy and personality to your space, this bold design trend offers inspiration for making your home a transformative space to truly call your own.