Minimalism–the art of living with less–is a healthy and liberating way to go about life. It feels good to purge and declutter, and the past few years have seen a big push for mainstream minimalists, with documentaries, YouTube channels and Insta accounts all showing off the benefits of this simple lifestyle.
But maybe less isn’t for you.
Maximalism, one of 2018’s top decor trends, is the exact opposite of minimalism and will make you long to fill your place with stuff, stuff and more stuff–in a totally healthy way. More is more with maximalism, and this design trend is all about mixing bright colours and bold patterns and layering different textiles and metals to create a vibe that’s warm, inviting and teetering on the edge of excess.
If you’re feeling like your blank minimalist walls are due for an update, we’ve found 14 maximalist rooms that will inspire you to hit up a garage sale or go thrift hunting and start filling your place with treasures, plus some tips on how to make this more is more trend work in your own space.
Pattern mixing is a must
If you struggle to pick patterns that work together, start slow and select options that are within a similar colour family, like this floral curtain and palm-print wallpaper combo.
Add meaningful artwork everywhere
You don’t need a sprawling home to become a maximalist. Carefully curated artwork that takes up wallspace right to the ceiling will instantly achieve the look, even in a small space.
And we mean everywhere
If you do have a large space, using up every inch of wall will make a bold statement… though framing everything won’t come cheap.
Swap one big coffee table for a cluster of small ones
Look for smaller surfaces in varying textures, shapes and sizes. Three circular tables, as pictured here, work well because of the different heights.
Use drapes for more than privacy
Curtains create a barrier between you and the outside world, but they’re also something that’s easy and affordable to switch up. Consider an airy hue in a thick fabric, and don’t skimp on the hardware–chunky tassels, as pictured here, are playful and perfectly maximalist.
Turn your fireplace into a focal point
A purple marble mantle is a far cry from traditional white or slate, but when paired with intricate tiling inside the fireplace and surrounded by moody green wallpaper, it works.
Rugs add texture
Not only is a large area rug going to feel good on the feet, but it’s another layer in the room that will give that cozy vibe. Skip the solid hues and opt for a bold print instead.
Natural elements, like wood, are your friend
If you’ve ever worried about having too much wood in one room, don’t. This quaint bedroom shows that various types of wood–picture frames, a bed frame, a table and chair–can coexist.
Art needn’t be limited to framed pictures
Decorative bowls, mirrors, and other treasures or trinkets can be hung on display amongst framed artwork.
Children’s quarters can embrace this trend, too
Maximalist decorating for kids is pretty much the same as it is for adults, only the items are pint-sized, like a retro peacock chair.
The kitchen is a good place to flex your maximalism muscle, too
Shelves that expose all of your pots, pans, dishes and bowls will instantly give the feeling of a full, well decorated room. Consider painting cupboards something bold or adding a pattern, like black and white stripe (pictured here), to the doors.
Double down on lamps
What could possibly be better than one lamp you absolutely adore? Two lamps you absolutely adore.The taller and more statement making, the better.