The Birth of Maximalism
Two trends that continue to dominate the design industry in 2018: minimalism and maximalism. Effectively, a minimalist style should create a sense of calm and retreat, its thoughtful simplicity exuding an effortlessly chic style based on the concept of less being more. This design style still remains one of the most popular trends in interior design today.
Alternatively, maximalism is viewed as the ‘no rules necessary' approach to interior design. This trend has been rapidly adopted by the fashion industry and has since taken big steps in the interior design and architectural world. Maximalism was developed during the post-modernism era in response to the simple, clean and functional, with an absence of ornaments, dictated by modernism. Maximalism emerged as a daring statement by designers who chose to re-invent a new style for the coming century.
This ‘more is more' movement has found a place within the ever-growing middleclass population in Asia Pacific, and more specifically mainland China. The high impact on consumer fashion products, transitioning into home furniture and accessories, is being explored by designers and brands to capture a wider audience of not only high-class but also middle-class consumers looking to bring colour, pattern and textures into living spaces. I believe maximalism can be viewed as a new trend for an era of new consumers. Here are four design tips for constructing a maximalist style in your home.
1. Choose a base
Begin by selecting the colour for the walls and floors, as this represents your starting block. Printed wallpaper, an unconventional carpet or a bold paint is a great way to begin the layering process.
2. Mix & match
Maximalism allows you to mix and match. Similar to the Rococo style back in the 18thcentury, maximalism was founded upon the philosophy that extreme ornamentation and excessive decor equates to luxury. However, in order to make the space harmonious, be mindful of your design decisions, ensuring a connection between the pieces through colour, pattern or fabric.
3. Organise patterns & textures
Choose patterns and textures wisely.
Not all soft furnishing needs to have a distinctive texture, and keep in mind that maximalists don't necessarily want all pieces to match. Even though maximalism encourages the use of available space in a room, take a moment to evaluate your furnishing with regards to different styles, pieces and specific items—stylish storage is key.
4. Become a collector
Unlikely pairings can create beautiful harmonies—celebrate the objects that interest you, for example, a family heirloom such as your grandfather's piano or your mother's antique china. Fill your home with things that represent your personality, so there can be beauty in the dazzling ensemble of unique tones and textures.
It seems as if there is a focus on boldness in interior design, through representing a personal style, especially in home design. In this approach, I would still encourage mindful consumption, ensuring sustainable practices where possible. Maximalism has brought about a new design movement, paving the way for a very exciting future. It will rise and undoubtedly become either extremely appealing to some or be seen as disruptive chaos to others.