Decomplex in the face of the omnipresence of the minimalist, free yourself from the dictates of storage and let your interior truly live… This is what maximalist decor offers us! Say goodbye to the sleek styles and immaculate hues inflicted by Scandinavian decor in recent years. Conversely, the maximalist decoration asserts its character and dares all eccentricities! Goal ? Regain morale in a more personal interior. We tell you more…
1. Collect, collect and exhibit
© J Morgan Puett - Photo: Phil Mansfield Trendy interiors have been preaching perfection for far too long in magazines and on social media. What if the trend now turns these sanitized interiors upside down? This is what maximalist decoration offers! Imagine a library where books overlap without rigor, a coffee table where empty cups share the space with magazines, candles and plants, walls or accumulate frames, shelves, mirrors, posters and other wall decorations in all kinds… In short, imagine an interior that smells of life, real! Because, that's what the maximalist decor offers. Discretion is not essential with this type of interior, on the contrary ... The storage compartments open to reveal all the everyday objects. Thus, the display cabinets and dressers are used for the living room and the kitchen as are the wardrobes in the sleeping area or the dressing room. As for decorative objects, they accumulate in profusion and are displayed proudly. Travel souvenirs, vintage decor and unusual objects jostle on the shelves and furniture to give the impression of a cabinet of curiosities and a fabulous odds and ends. In other words, maximalism allows a certain guilt! Storage is no longer a fashion affair since we now assume our happy interior bazaars. What delight and uninhibit the most messy among us and honor the souls collectors ...
2. Succumb to the mix and match
© Nikki Too Photography After the opulence of decorative objects, the maximalist style allows all eccentricities in terms of colors and patterns. A characteristic that we also find in bohemian interiors where patchwork is master! Make way for explosive color associations that we are not used to seeing. Of course, there is no question of making its interior a kaleidoscope-type setting to give it a headache. Be daring and creative, but be careful to carefully mix the colors and particularly those chosen for painting the walls and avoid getting bored of them too quickly. Remember that it is better to change decorative objects than to redo the painting every year! Beyond colors, the maximalist style does honor to prints and patterns. Carpets, cushions and other linens give pride of place to mix and match. We then find geometric patterns associated with stripes and Navajo prints. The materials also jostle and create a striking and dynamic contrast. Finally, the maximalist style has an undeniable advantage: that of bringing together several decorative styles. Mix the eras by choosing decorative objects and furniture from yesterday and today. In a few words, everything is allowed with the maximalist!
3. Finding the happy medium
© Photo - Sean Fennessy. Production - Lucy Feagins / The Design Files. You understood it, the maximalist decoration allows you to feel good at home with decorative objects that are close to your heart, to send waltz the principles of storage that we inflict and thus to no longer have a nervous breakdown its interior is not fired up ... But if you want to get started in the maximalist style, no need to rob the decoration stores! Even if the minimalist can sometimes be frustrating, it also has ethical values - to fight against consumerism - which should not be totally put aside! And nothing prevents you from being responsible by adopting maximalism: since it does honor to salvage and antiqued objects! In short, the whole is to find the middle ground, the balance between the two extremes!