As architects, we like to stay on top of design trends. One we see taking the design world — and Pinterest — by storm, is maximalism. This decorating trend invites vibrant color and rich texture back into our homes and businesses. Say goodbye to “less is more,” and embrace the idea that there is no such thing as too much. Have you ever spotted a picture of a gold and avocado 1960s kitchen and wondered when functional home aspects stopped being fun? Then maximalism may be for you! Here are four hallmarks of maximalist design:
- It’s All About You: Maximalism showcases your personality fully. No more choosing favorites. Instead, display everything you love without worrying about overdoing it. That Pez collection can coexist with your first-edition Sherlock Holmes books. Display the collections, colors, and decor that tell your story, even if it not perfectly cohesive.
- Color Mash-up: Ditch the neutrals and embrace the entire Pantone book. Let jewel tones, bold patterns, and contrasting shades mingle. Does a color or pattern invoke how you want to feel when you walk into a room? Then it works, per maximalism.
- Mix & Match Furniture: Maximalism asks us to never again speak of those dark days when furniture came in matching sets. Add visual interest with pieces that span styles, eras, and materials. Pair that velvet chair from the thrift store with that cozy but serious leather couch. Think complementary vs matchy-matchy.
- Spaces You Want to Touch: Texture is another hallmark of maximalist design. Layer different textures — plush rugs, velvet curtains, warm woods, smooth glass —to create a sensory-rich environment. This tactile approach adds depth and coziness that invites exploration of a space.
Stay tuned for our follow-up next month on how to experiment with maximalist design in your home or office.