How to pull off a maximalist home interior (2022 edition)
Posted by MOHIT BHATNAGAR
Maximalism interior trends are not a modern trend. They have existed around for centuries, in the homes of British and French voyagers who liked to flaunt their travel possessions from every nook and corner of the world in their homes. Wealthy people often displayed their prized possessions as magnum opus to showcase their riches. Maximalism emerged as a major interior decor trend during the victorian era wherein people were obsessed with the material world and wanted to make their houses a galore of expensive and beautiful things.
Maximalism in the present times has been incorporated by the younger generation, eager to place plants, colours, accessories into their spaces and make it a personalised experience.
So What exactly is Maximalism?
Maximalism is designing and curating your homes in an eclectic way with a variety of colours, prints, textures and materials display in a single space. It shouldn’t be confused with clutter as we are curating our spaces with bold colours and patterns and accessories in a creative and artsy way that makes sense of the place and blends in well while still standing out.
It’s an over the top space that has pattern, colour, scale and drama all coming together to pull off a maximalist home interior that gives us a sense of grandeur.
Below are some of the ways to pull of a Maximalist home interior that gives your home a personalised and grand appeal:
Paint your walls with a swatch of gold or add in frames that are explicitly antique and layer it with gold paint so that it gives the finish of a victorian era vintage furniture look. A gold accent galore for kitchen utilities or a picture wall is the perfect addition of vintage meets maximalism and gives the essence of a grand interior curation. If you want to pull of maximalism, better be bold with colours that are a standalone piece in themselves and what better than gold colour wallpaper or textured wall that is a canvas for other ornamental or vintage pieces or even more bright and bold colours. Warm hued lights with this colour exude luxury.
COMFORT WITH DECOR
Maximalism is really about a personalised space for you and your loved ones wherein you can lavishly flaunt all the patterns and colours that you love even on your furniture and the fabric that it is layered with. Making a comfortable abode in your living room switch to big cushiony couches and chairs partnered with a coffee table or console table and pillows that will make the interiors warm and cosy but also doesn’t let them hide under the minimalistic or neutral-toned colours, but presets themselves in bold choices of embroidery and textured fabric on them so that its a display of a wonderful, colourful decor with a comfortable seating plan. Having a fireplace and above it, an accent wall that is fully patterned or displayed with ornate accessories gives the room depth and definition.
Lining up your spaces with prints and textures on your paintings and posters that you want to display is a good option for those who don’t want to make a clutter of the space they already have designed. Being brave with your art collection can help you pull off that maximalist interior look. Going for animal prints inspired look or a vintage renaissance period painting or just making a mix and match of different sets of art pieces together can score a high on an over the top wall. You can add a different size and shape of art together and don’t have to match with the other art pieces hanging. This is the perfect time to add those abstract art to your homes that otherwise look absurd.
An addition of classic elements that are paired with over the top grand looks is a beautiful way to add layers and textures to your room. From a low hanging chandelier piece or an ornate and vintage sofa set, you can add some extravagant fittings in the room that have a posh and magnificent appeal to add to the element of a maximalist. Inspired by the victorian era, add a few vintage accents or if not, go for some extreme shapes and sizes for tables or ornaments that also have a pop to them. You can modernise with the trend and go for glass and wood chairs or glossy lacquered furniture.
BOLD PATTERNS AND VIBRANT COLOURS
This is very much obvious until now that a maximalist interior is layered with bold and vibrant textures and patterns that can look excessive. Enhance the look of the walls and furniture in your space with a wide variety of bright and quirky colours. Add in floral wallpaper and fabrics that can be laid on upholstered couches like velvets or silks and make a wonderful display of rainbow colours. You can choose one shade that runs along with the room and incorporate various fabrics of the same colour with different textures so that the room combines all the elements in the space and makes an overall sense and grand appeal.
CEILINGS ARE THE FIFTH WALL
Do not forget the ceilings in the room. They truly are the fifth wall that you can curate and make a complete maximalist interior. Covering the ceilings with PVC wall panels or wallpapers that are adjacent to the flooring or making a monochromatic combination with the walls and colours running around the room is the hook you want to nail. In order to create a cheerful maximalist room, warm colour palettes with floral patterns are a must-have. You can take inspiration from Boho, English country, and other happy looks that you can decorate your rooms in to give off a certain aesthetic.
LAYER IT UP
Putting up layers of textures and materials in the room is the final stage of a maximalist interior. From bookshelves to side tables to open wood shelves in different rooms you can layer the furniture with softer materials like layers of regal carpets and rugs under a table and seating placement. You can imbibe lots of colours and patterns with the layering up. Make sure you don not clutter the space and make it messy with an overlay of materials. Make sure that the colour scheme and aesthetics of the room match. Ceiling to floor bookshelves is wonderful incorporation that adds compartmentalisation in a room. Side tables, extra seating space, meditational corners in the room add to those layers. Showcasing your magnum opus in cabinets and open shelves, adding extra shelves on the walls and hanging your favourite china dishes and mugs brings brightness to boring spaces.
OVERALL, a maximalist interior is mostly about layering up your space with bright and bold colours and patterns that add in the extra vibe of the space. Maximalism plays with all kinds of timeless eras and incorporates depth and definition to a room. It’s truly an art and requires a certain skill and eye for making a mix and match and still getting to make sense in a room. You should be very careful about the difference between cluttering the space and just buying things and placing them in the room, instead add layers to the room with soft and hard furniture and fabric and make a layout plan of the aesthetic you want to pull off. Whether it is vintage or Boho or ultra-modern maximalist interior.