In a recent post, I wrote about the trend of maximalism in interior design after a design talk hosted by Philip Jeffries. Maximalism is great for a public or commercial space, like a club or a cool restaurant but what about maximalism in your home? For you, done by you? Where do you start…?
1. Start Small
This is for the people who want to step out their comfort zone but are still a bit unsure. You’re ready to do something different but aren’t ready to go all out on your living room as yet. Test the reigns with a smaller space. The guest bathroom, a spare room an office maybe. It’s not a place where you spend most of you time so you have time to adjust to it. And a smaller space, less cost. See what you like and what works.
2. Go Big
No, it’s not a contradiction to the last tip. Focus on the largest surface areas of the room. The walls and the floor. This is where the biggest impact is going to be. A mural, an amazing wall paper or maybe a gallery wall.
3. Tell Your Story
The great thing with maximalist design is you have a lot more freedom to put your personality in your design. Where have you been? What’s your favourite piece and where are you going to show case it? What do you think will draw you in guests in a little a bit closer?
4. Add Layers
When you have the walls and floors decided you can start playing around with colours, patterns and textures. Play around with the scale of patterns next to each other. You don’t have to go pattern crazy adding in some solids will help to balance the look.
To create a space you’re truly happy with it’s going to take some time. Unless you’ve collecting and hoarding things for a while, it’s probably going to be an ongoing process.
6. Maximalism is Not Clutter
Maximalism is not mess. My worst nightmare is saying every possible space and surface covered up! The maximalist look has more items of interest but it there is a sense of order and thought about it. Connections and weaved and threaded through out the room.
7. Look Around
Some restaurants and hotels have some really amazing designs with maximalist look. Fashion and retail is always a key place to look. I’m loving Alice and Olivia’s campaigns at the moment. Currently, I think they are the definition of maximalism in regards to fashion. And there are some great interior designers who nail the look so well, two of my favourites Corey Damen Jenkins and Kelly Wearstler.
What’s your inspiration for the maximalism trend and where are your favourite places? Let me know in the comments or drop me a line!