'To me, maximalism is the epitome of the passion, power and joy that can be expressed through a room, and is a much needed switch up from the long-serving minimalism, boho and farmhouse norms. Glamour and luxury are making their mainstream comeback, and I couldn't be happier about it.' - Marilynn Taylor, Interior Designer
While minimalist spaces have dominated the interior design industry over the last several years, including the uber-popular Scandi trend, appreciation is steadily growing for more playful experimentation, a breakaway from muted tones, and pushing the boundaries of traditional décor. Although minimalism isn’t leaving the spotlight any time soon, there's another major design trend on the horizon: Maximalism.
Characterised by a kaleidoscopic array of extravagant aesthetics, colours, shapes, textures and finishes, the ornate trend from the late 1970s is gradually making its mark on contemporary interiors. When done right, maximalism is an exhilarating and creative way to showcase your own signature style.
No matter what your taste is – from a devoted minimalist looking to shake things up or a staunch maximalist ready to expand, we’ve curated our favourite ways for you to welcome maximalism into your home.
Embrace the heart of maximalism by introducing vibrant hues into your living space. Curation is key, as too much colour runs the risk of your space looking overly busy and cluttered. Employing key design elements such as symmetry and motifs whilst using complementary colours a monochromatic palette will help to restore a sense of balance and cohesion.
Cushions are another simple solution for adding a pop of colour into your space. Choose distinctive primary colours, from royal blues and vibrant reds to luminous yellows like this Eclectic Cushion from Hay.
Mix and Match Patterns
One of the hallmarks of maximalism is contrasting patterns. Pattern is a great way to bring opulence into your living space. Whether it’s spots and stripes, floral damasks, geometric, or animal print – the options are endless. Layering different styles and mixing contrasting patterns in harmonising shades help make a dramatic statement while creating a space that’s cosy, inviting, and not too excessive.
Combining dramatic wallpapers and eye-catching fabrics is one of the easiest ways to decorate in maximalist style. Sofas covered in a striking finish, like this luxurious velvet Lounge Chair from Menu, make a beautiful addition alongside dramatic footstools including the Broste Copenhagen Wind Round Ottoman, while bold geometric patterns like the Gan Mosaïek Yellow Rug will jazz up your floorspace.
No maximalist space would be complete without the visual statement of home accessories. Create a bold statement with eye-catching homeware pieces like these quirky mid-century Vitra Wall Clocks, this vibrant fuchsia Kartell Only Me Mirror, or the geometric-inspired Pendulum Print from Novictus.
A key element of maximalism is texture. The use of contrasting materials, from cosy fur throws to the subtle sheen of viscose can create a dramatic look when set against more rugged textures like the E15 Backenzahn Side Table in oiled oak. Play around with a mish-mash of textures, combining soft and fuzzy with smooth and firm to create even more textural interest.
An eclectic mix of abstract art and industrial form, Tom Dixon’s lighting is a great way to add a touch of maximalism into your living space. From the eye-catching Pendant Melt System to the iconic Plane Chandelier, this iconic collection will illuminate any living space with striking graphic expression.
A world away from playing it safe, maximalism is a chance to bend the rules and break the taboos of traditional interior design, where fur and velvet coexist with metallics and natural wood, and bright magenta is paired with dark green. When furnished with a discerning eye, the juxtaposition of clashing styles and a fusion of colours can allow us to truly express our creativity in any room of the home.
Browse our Pinterest board for all of the best maximalist inspiration. From living rooms to kitchens, bedrooms to dining areas, the beauty of maximalism is its endless capacity to bring any room of the home to life.