How to perfect the maximalist interior design trend

How to perfect the maximalist interior design trend

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This guide will explain what maximalist interior design is, how to style it in your home and provide tips for embracing the maximalist trend with confidence. It will explain how to layer patterns, mix bold colours, and incorporate eclectic decor to achieve a vibrant and visually rich living space.

The guide will also offer advice on curating collections, using statement pieces, and creating harmonious chaos. If you enjoy a dynamic and expressive approach to decor, this guide will show you how to infuse your living space with personality and creativity. Let’s go big!

What is maximalist interior design?

In a nutshell, the signature look of this trend is ‘more is more’. Forget about sleek lines or airy, spacious spaces, this is all about colour, texture, layers, and making style statements. But there’s still some planning behind it, it’s not just about chucking everything but the kitchen sink into a room and hoping for the best. We’ll explain how to do it.

How to create a maximalist interior

There are a few rules to making your home a maximalist haven. If you follow any (or all!) of these, you’ll end up with the look you desire.

Embrace the power of layering

At the heart of maximalist design lies the art of layering. Instead of shying away from patterns and textures, embrace them with enthusiasm. Mix and match various patterns, from florals to stripes to geometrics, to create visual interest and depth. Don't be afraid to layer rugs, throws, and cushions to add warmth and texture to your space. Experiment with contrasting textures, such as pairing a plush velvet sofa with a sleek metallic coffee table, to create a dynamic and inviting atmosphere.

Mix bold colours with confidence

Instead of sticking to a neutral colour palette, drench your home with bold and vibrant hues. Experiment with unexpected combinations to create a sense of drama and excitement. Whether you opt for jewel tones, bright primaries, or rich earthy tones, let your imagination run wild and don't be afraid to make a statement. Remember, the key is to strike a balance between boldness and harmony, so consider incorporating neutral elements to anchor your colour scheme and prevent it from becoming overwhelming.

Incorporate eclectic decor

Maximalist design thrives on diversity, so don't hesitate to mix and match decor styles, eras, and cultural influences. Embrace the unexpected by combining vintage finds with contemporary pieces, global accents with industrial elements, and handmade treasures with mass-produced items.

Let your interests and experiences shine through in your decor choices, whether it's a collection of vintage vinyl records, a display of travel souvenirs, or a gallery wall of family photographs. By celebrating your individuality, you can create a truly unique and personal space that tells your story. There are plenty more tips on how to create a bohemian-style home here.

Curate collections with care

Collections are a hallmark of maximalist design, providing an opportunity to showcase your passions and interests. Whether you collect books, art, ceramics, or vintage knick-knacks, curate your collections with care to create visual impact and cohesion. Display your treasures proudly, whether it's on shelves, mantelpieces, or gallery walls, and don't be afraid to let them spill over into unexpected spaces. Group similar items together for maximum impact, but be bold – mix it up with contrasting elements to keep things visually stimulating.

Use statement pieces wisely

Statement pieces are the crown jewels of maximalist design, serving as focal points that command attention and anchor your space. Whether it's a bold piece of artwork, a striking piece of furniture, or an eye-catching light fixture, choose statement pieces that reflect your personality and style. Keep an eye on balance and scale to ensure that your statement pieces don't overwhelm the space. Use your statement pieces strategically to draw the eye and create visual interest.

In a break from the ‘more is more’ mantra, give your statement piece the space it deserves to shine and don’t crowd it. You may want to focus on your walls, furniture and personal items, and leave the flooring a little more neutral – or amp up the drama with a contrast – our guide on how to style your flooring has lots of inspiration! 

Create harmonious chaos

If you’ve applied all of our tips, you might find you’ve become overwhelmed. However, instead of striving for perfection, embrace the imperfections and quirks that make your space uniquely yours. Mix and match styles, colours and patterns with abandon, but strive to create a sense of harmony amidst the chaos. Experiment with layering (our guide on how to layer rugs can help!), asymmetry, and unexpected pairings to create a visually stimulating and dynamic environment that reflects your personality and creativity.

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