5 Ways to Incorporate Maximalism into your Art Collection

Posted in The Art-Isms by Helen Buckley on 19th December 2019

Minimalism has dominated the design world for nearly a century, with Scandinavian chic interior design being seen as the main trend, teaching us to strip back the unnecessary and embrace simplicity. However, after maximalism burst onto the scene in 2018, the movement is quickly becoming en vogue and placing itself at the forefront of design.

Annabel’s by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the ultimate in opulent interiors.

Whilst ‘more is more’ may sound scary, maximalism is not about clutter, rather about layering vivid hues, bold patterns and textures with deluxe decorations to create a feeling of opulence. The movement has taken off because it gives you the opportunity to showcase your creativity, become the curator of your own space and mix a range of colours, prints and styles: think bright, floral wallpaper and walls adorned with bold geometric artworks.

Maximalisim can be difficult to recreate at home, however, particularly in a smaller space. Art is the perfect way to help achieve the look and add a touch of luxury to your interior. Consider mixing clashing colours and themes to create maximum embellishment and you can enhance the feeling of opulence by using baroque-style frames. 

Here are my top 5 ways that you can incorporate the style into your art collection.

 

1. Floral Opulence

Unsurprisingly, this look is all about abundance; fill your space with luxurious flower motifs! 

 

Alexandra Gallagher ‘This Land’

Robert Pereira Hind ‘Pratum Meadow III’

 

2. Dizzying Monochrome

Monochromatic colours, bold shapes and lines and optical illusions à la Bridget Riley are perfect for creating an overstated look, particularly when displayed alongside colourful, floral motifs.

Kevin Jackson ‘Uç Carpı BeÅŸ IV ( 3 times 5 )’

Nigel Bird ‘Window’

 

3. Bold Colour Blocks

Neon colours and bold shapes project strength and confidence and convey a sense of fun. Be brave and choose colours that clash, along with a mixture of figurative and abstract works.

Dawn Beckles ‘And After Sunset’

Kareem Rizk ‘Blossom’

 

4. Jungle Exoticism

Since the rise of Biophilia and the desire to have a deeper connection with nature, the richness of the plant motif looks set to stay in all aspects of design. When it comes to maximalism, the more tropicalia the better!

Nadia Attura ‘Backwaters Jungle’

Clare Halifax ‘Delicious Monster’

 

5. Geometric Patterns

Dare to be bright and bold with scatterings of acid colours and dazzling abstracts. Pattern is the pivotal way to amplify this look; consider a larger, key artwork for your space.

Crispin Holder ‘Fulcrum No.3’

Lucie Jirku ‘Only dots 9’

 

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