The esthetic of maximalism in home design is pure revolt against the clean lines and, dare we say, starkness of minimalism.
The giganticness of maximalism takes decor to the extreme, where colour, texture and finely curated clutter mix and mingle.
“Maximalism is exactly what you would think. Elaborate furniture and decor, interesting lines and more than one focal point in a space. It can often feel eclectic but done right, it can be extremely impactful and leave a lasting impression,” says Tricha Hamstra, interior design for Calgary builder Shane Homes.
Minimalism may appeal to some, but as it is written, go big or go home. Maximalists love their oversized art on the walls, their furniture and lighting with elaborate embellishments and decor covering every flat surface in the room. A maximalist space forces one to pause and take in every fascinating detail.
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Before unleashing one’s wildest decor dreams, Hamstra says homeowners should still follow the fundamentals of design, ensuring there is some degree of cohesion.
“Spaces like these are much harder to design because you need to make very deliberate choices so as not to go into sensory overload,” she warns.
To take a space to the max, start with small items like an ornate rug with lots colour, then add throw pillows that are a mix of textures and colours. Fill every blank space on the wall with art and keep adding layers until a comfortable level of creative chaos has been achieved.
Hamstra is reassuring when she says people shouldn’t feel guilty about their excess.
“Design is so personal and subjective. Your home should be a place you feel the most comfortable in and reflect your personality.”