Max­i­mal­ism: the de­sign trend that’s re­plac­ing min­i­mal­ism

Sackville Tribune - - SALTWIRE WHEELS -

For the last decade or so, min­i­mal­ism has been all the rage among in­te­rior de­sign­ers – an es­thetic that em­braces sim­plic­ity, min­i­mal­ism favours ba­sic geo­met­ric pat­terns, muted colours and un­em­bel­lished fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories.

Re­cently, how­ever, there’s been a new trend ex­plod­ing in the in­te­rior de­sign world — max­i­mal­ism.

A re­ac­tion against the less-is­more men­tal­ity of min­i­mal­ism, max­i­mal­ism em­braces bold colours, lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics, de­tailed pat­terns and a melange of ac­ces­sories and styles. The max­i­mal­ist ap­proach en­cour­ages you to de­sign in­te­ri­ors that display your cre­ativ­ity and re­flect your per­son­al­ity.

If you’re tired of sparse, min­i­mal­ist in­te­ri­ors, here are a few tips on how to achieve the max­i­mal­ist look:

– Make a plan. Although max­i­mal­ist in­te­ri­ors may look art­lessly eclec­tic, they have to be care­fully planned to avoid look­ing kitschy and over­stuffed. Even when ex­per­i­ment­ing with clash­ing pat­terns and de­signs, you should or­ga­nize the room sym­met­ri­cally and have an over­ar­ch­ing colour scheme.

– Be true to your­self. While min­i­mal­ist in­te­ri­ors can some­times feel im­per­sonal, max­i­mal­ist in­te­ri­ors show­case your per­son­al­ity through unique com­bi­na­tions of styles and dec­o­ra­tions. Choose colours, pat­terns and ac­ces­sories that re­veal some­thing about you and your in­ter­ests.

– Try it in small doses. Start with a few dec­o­ra­tive touches, like adding a mix of brightly coloured throw pil­lows on the couch, putting up pat­terned wall­pa­per or in- vest­ing in a few state­ment pieces of fur­ni­ture or decor.

This win­ter, em­brace the max­i­mal­ist trend. Brighten up your home by in­te­grat­ing vi­brant colours, loud pat­terns, gilded dec­o­ra­tions and richly tex­tured fab­rics into your liv­ing space.

The max­i­mal­ist trend em­braces bold colours and in­cludes many ac­ces­sories and styles.

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