Simple, streamlined designs – think Scandi bathrooms – aren’t going away, but they now have competition in the form of maximalism. It sounds like the opposite of minimalism, and that’s pretty much what it is. However, there’s more to maximalism than simply adding a lot of stuff to your space. “[M]aximalism isn’t about filling every square inch in your home with stuff. It is more about the art of combining colors, prints, and eclectic embellishments,” says Deirdre Sullivan of The Spruce. At the same time, if you’re worn out trying to keep every room pared down to the bare essentials, a dip into the waters of maximalist design could bring a welcome respite. (Not to mention, maximalism means loading up on what you like and being an on-trend decorator at the same time!) Let’s check out 3 ways to try maximalism without totally changing your home.
If you browse photos of maximalist spaces, one common theme is a gallery or display wall – basically a wall that’s covered with art, books, or other items. Devoting one wall to maximalism is a way to play with this decorating style and introduce it into your room without taking up floor space or making a more permanent commitment like zebra print wallpaper! Here are few ideas:
Never envisioned a maximalist bathroom? Megan McCarty of Hunker highlights 9 maximalist bathrooms with features like gold accents, dark wall colors, lots of tile, bold wallpaper, living plants, and more. Covering surfaces with gorgeous tiles or papering the walls with jungle print might be just what your bathroom needs. If you’re looking for less expense and commitment, though, you could simply paint the walls in your favorite jewel tone and add a luxe vibe by way of other items:
For busy families the living room can be one of the most difficult spaces to achieve minimalism. This makes sense because it is the living room – the place we live, where we watch family movies, play board games, snuggle under a blanket with a favorite book, etc. Switching to maximalism doesn’t mean it will now look awesome if your kids leave their backpacks on the floor, but it just might mean a beautiful room that’s easier to actually live in. Apartment Therapy’s Alyssa Longobucco explains maximalism and lays out some of its features, including:
So how could all this help you create a more livable and stylish living room? What about large, colorful woven bins? You could line these up along one wall as a place for family members to stash backpacks, shoes, and other clutter-prone items. How about adding shelves to fill with books, board games, family photos, your child’s rock collection, and so on? Also, everything doesn’t have to match in a maximalist space, so feel free to show off the accent pillows you crocheted or drape a favorite throw over the back of a chair.
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