Interior design trends come and go. In recent years there’s been a focus on stripped back, minimal, organised interiors. But it seems that things are changing with a growing number of homeowners and designers alike embracing maximalism.
Writing for Refinery29 recently, Christiane Lemieux, co-founder and CEO of The Inside, explained why she’s leaning towards maximalism in her work and how you can incorporate this trend in your home.
Freshome describes maximalism as “filling our homes with things we love”, although the publication stressed that it doesn’t need to be messy or overly cluttered.
Ms Lemieux said that she’d become bored of the minimalist design trends and started exploring maximalism as a way to “capture some of that abundance and joy for my own space”. As a result of her own experiments with maximalism, she’s offered some advice about how you can bring this into your home.
Her first tip is to embrace florals. Fresh flowers in large vases are an easy place to begin, but if you really want to go all-in you need to layer floral patterns within your home. That might be through patterned wallpaper, flower-covered textiles or flower-themed artwork.
Talking of textiles, blending different fabrics and patterns in your home is another great way to introduce a maximalist vibe. Cushions, throws, rugs and curtains all have their place.
Designer Matthias Viens-McGrath explained why this is such a good way to revamp a space. “You can combine things that will make any space look rich – think an old castle somewhere in England or France that has layers of generations,” he stated.
One thing you certainly shouldn’t overlook is lighting. Mr Vriens-McGrath said that poor lighting can ruin the atmosphere you’re trying to create. Make sure you think about the type of light bulbs you’re using, as well as shades and other lighting features.
US company Furl has recently unveiled its range of kinetic light fixtures. These incorporate movement into illuminations, producing a stunning effect. The business describes its lights as “a unique addition to the market in the incorporation of movement akin to kinetic sculpture in luxury lighting options for interior spaces”.
A kinetic light sculpture could certainly add the wow-factor to your home. Work with experienced luxury interior designers to decide how best to include this kind of feature in your decor.
One of the most important elements of the maximalist design trend is personalisation, the Refinery29 article pointed out. Without including features that mean something to you and showcase your personality, you’ll end up with a space that might look great, but that could equally feature in a high-end hotel.
Layering can help you make the most of different pieces in your home, so don’t shy away from mixing and matching if you’re following the maximalist trend.
Mr Vriens-McGrath added: “It’s about creating an atmosphere, and that’s not just one style of furniture. I personally like to make a potpourri out of lots of things and it usually works out.”
With autumn and winter on the way, this can also be a great way to make your home feel a bit more cosy as we move into the cooker and darker months of the year.