We may dream of white washed walls, light coloured upholstery and a clutter free home, but in all honesty, it isn't a reality. So, why not make the most of showing off your collection of home accessories, knickknacks, books and of course, art! The quality and complexity of materials, techniques and colours is not something to hide away from. Jason Miller, the founder of Roll & Hill says, “When the only goal is minimalism, you eventually end up with nothing.”
When well-executed a collection of patterns, contrasting colours and layers of textures you can create a look that is show stopping. Use the opportunity to flaunt your creativity. However, there is a fine line between perfectly executed maximilism and it appearing sloppy. Whether it be a cluster of lanterns, an array of antique mirrors or even the magazines you have been stock piling, these can be used to create an appealing feature to your room.
“There is a joy in designing a space without limitations and restrictions, where excess is encouraged, and unlikely pairings create beautiful and unexpected harmonies.” Kelly Wearstler, interior designer.
There is an increasing global design culture which is playing a role in the surge of maximalist design driving the creation of more unique, modern pieces that appeal to different tastes. While some manufacturers are still targeting high-net-worth consumers, other luxury companies are expanding their markets. The tides certainly seem to be shifting toward a more theatrical, historical and eclectic decorating style.
Johanna Uurasjarvi, the woman behind West Elm, has said that “We’re entering a new era that embraces personality, rather than minimal perfection, layering new modern pieces with other objects in our homes–existing furniture, art, photos, childhood and travel mementos–brings it all to life.”
Maximalism is not for the faint of heart. It’s dramatic and a little overwhelming, however its good to remember Robert Venturi's famous line "less is a bore". This style is defined by rich colours, playful layers of texture and pattern, and a mish-mash of time periods and styles. No surface is safe - walls, furnishings, pillows, drapes, floors all covered in lush fabrics, colors and patterns. Maximalism is perfect for those who love to collect objects, books and mementos from world travels; the rebels who like to break the rules with traditionalism.
Ultimately, the most important thing to remember when it comes to maximalism is not to fill your home with mass market pieces, but to fill your home with things you love, artwork that inspires you, colours that make you happy, and textures that make your home comfortable.
If you love playing with colour, textures and patterns and you’re not content until you’ve upcycled your quirky finds to the hilt, then maximalism is definitely for you. Maximalism isn’t really a look you can put together overnight so be patient when putting it together, it’s a look that’s constantly evolving over time with boutique buys, vintage finds and travel mementos there is always room for more in a maximalist home.