Maximalism – When More is More
Maximalism is all about embracing the BOLD and experimenting with colors, patterns, textures, and luxurious fabrics. As 2020 approaches, we predict that this very “layered” design trend will only become stronger in both residential and commercial spaces (and we hope that it does.)…
Where does the influence of the maximalist trend stem from? One reference comes from the 1920’s and 30’s Art Deco era… a time that was all about making a big statement in every way. From incorporating a generous use of materials that spoke to luxury, to using angular and geometric patterns, the similar maximalist look today is certainly reminiscent.
All About Layering
How is Maximalism achieved? One idea is to use a bold color and layer with complimentary colors. This can also be achieved to the same effect with one bold pattern as one focal point, and use corresponding materials from that pattern. Using a variety of textures and a mixture of neutrals in between is another layer to complete the maximalist style. Using strong, streamlined shaped furniture of mixed materials are also great additions.
Alternatively, the fun and daring nature of Maximalism encourages to just throw away the rule book and think outside of the box!
A Statement Wallpaper
Wallpaper has the ability to transform a space and give an instantaneous “WOW-effect”. Unlike the 1920’s, the digital era has allowed manufacturers to make wallpapers that showcase photography- ultimately broadening the scope of what is capable. Textures can be simulated, scales can be manipulated at any level, and wallpapers can be embossed as an alternative to moldings. With the bold nature of Maximalism, using wallpaper is an amazing way to achieve this style.