Maximalism – why it’s the top trend of 2021

After years of minimalism, it’s now time to decorate your home to the max, living with things that give you pleasure and make you happy!

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Maximalism is a reaction to the clean lines, sleek furniture and pared-back colour palette of Scandi style minimalism that’s dominated interiors for so long. Maximalism is all about ‘more is more’: more pattern, more colour and more texture.

Maximalist style takes careful planning and a good eye to create an overall effect that expresses personality and creative flair.

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Here are some key ways to introduce maximalist style into your home.

Embrace colour

Maximalism is about embracing colour. Maximalism doesn’t always mean bright or intense colours though – it’s often about moody tones or using tone on tone hues to create a relaxed interior.

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Layer textures

Texture is key to the maximalism look. Throwing tactile sheepskins or blankets on the back of sofas, layering rugs on wooden floors and mixing velvet and slubby linen cushions on chairs will create a space that is cosy and comfortable to live in.

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Flower power 

Introducing floral elements, like a dark and moody wallpaper, is the perfect way of injecting a sense of drama to your space. Mix florals with other patterns like stripes, polka dots, checks or geometrics for an eclectic look. To make sure that your space feels connected, find a link that brings them together, such as colour. 

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Animal print

Leopard print, with its rock’n’roll appeal, is a common thread in maximalist interiors. The neutral tones ground your maximalist scheme.

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Bring nature inside

Flowers feature heavily in maximalist interiors. Big floral arrangements of colourful blooms give a room instant ‘wow’ factor. If you struggle to keep real plants alive, fake plants are almost indistinguishable from the real thing, giving you all the drama and dimension without any of the maintenance. 

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Wall art 

Gallery walls are a great way of celebrating your favourite artworks, turning a mix of paintings, prints, drawings and photos into a strong visual statement. 

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A cabinet of curiosities 

Showcase treasured ornaments such as beautiful glasses or eccentric trinkets in a cabinet or cluster collections on bookshelves, trays, along mantlepieces or on top of coffee tables.

Done well, maximalism creates home that lifts our spirits and promotes positive feelings. We all need that nowadays!