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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.