Maximalism is everywhere in design right now and it’s an easy style to love. It’s livable, accessible, and all about surrounding yourself with your favorite things.
“Being a maximalist is letting go of the minimalist ideal,” says designer and blogger Dabito. “There [are] no design rules. It’s having fun with a space and just putting things in a space that makes you happy and makes it feel cozier.”
One thing maximalism isn’t? Stuff for stuff’s sake. Consumerism is fueling the environmental crisis. Maximalism’s flexibility encourages second-hand shopping, showing off heirlooms that might be tucked away in storage, and making things yourself. But if you are in the market for a new piece, these picks can help you bring home that much more color, pattern, and visual interest.
Consider covering your walls for maximal graphic impact with a single design move. Some companies, like Hygge & West, offer removable options which is great for non-committal decorators, or for renters.
This pattern is based on traditional embroidery patterns from the Otomi people of Mexico. Available in seven colorways.
This is glorious hand-painted pattern composed of lemons, oranges, hibiscus flowers, and leaves.
One of the easiest—and sometimes most affordable—ways to introduce maximalism is through textiles.
Made from 100% terry cloth, these towels have orange and green stripes on one side, red and blue stripes on the other.
Salam Hello works directly with Moroccan artisans, who are mostly women, to sell its handmade rugs. This one was woven by Haja Touda in the Todgha Gorge village.
Why limit yourself to the same midcentury derivative furniture everyone has? Consider these more exuberant and unexpected options.
This elegant, customizable sofa has a hardwood frame, leather seat back, and linen cushions.
The pattern on this sideboard is based on Japanese patched indigo textiles known as boro.
Designed by Wendell Castle, this circa-1960 chair is made made from molded fiberglass.
Set the right mood and ambiance with chandeliers, table lamps, and even bulbs that make a statement.
Intended to be a statement piece, this chandelier by Chris Wolston is composed of metallic leaves inspired by the jungle around Medellin, Colombia.
This sculptural table lamp is available in two mixed-material designs, one with burnished brass, white Carrara marble, and white ceramic, and another version in bronze with travertine and white ceramic.
Why limit yourself to the same hue of lighting? This remote-controlled LED bulb offers the full spectrum of white light and all colors too.
It’s the little touches that make a room.
Designed by jeweler Jennifer Fisher, this statement vase is made from dramatic white floral marble.
This colorful hamper is handwoven in Senegal and is sold by a fair-trade retailer.