What was once a category of music, visual art, and literature has now expanded into the world of interior design. A common misconception is that maximalism encourages hoarding items and overstuffing rooms. While it embraces the idea of excess, it's not in the way you might think. It promotes repetition, patterns, bold palettes, intricate graphic details, and one-of-a-kind possessions. Maximalism is a loud style composed of mixed patterns, excessive, but curated collections, and saturated colors. Its strongly opposed counterpart minimalism encourages paring everything down to its bare minimum, but maximalism encourages utilizing your space in the boldest way possible. Its ornate nature is reminiscent of the stately home interiors that can be found in England, but the bold colors, and modern accents are what updates maximalist style and makes it modern.
How to Incorporate Maximalist Style in Your Home
The best way to adopt the more-is-more trend is to start slow. Adding color, layering patterns, and displaying sentimental pieces of decor is a good place to begin. Keep in mind maximalist can look cluttered, so try to avoid over-accessorizing. Interior designer Anne Hepfer says, "My recommendation is to start with books, throw cushions, and plants. Then select a favorite object to put on top of your stack of books. The idea is to add a few pieces at a time. If you already own a lot of extra accessories, consider filling a bookcase to create a sense of order."