Take a look at your favourite interior design magazines and the pages will be bursting with unique, eclectic, maximalist homes, contrasted against sleek, natural and minimal interiors.
Usually, trends are pretty black and white, but more recently we are seeing trends being intertwined, minimal furniture used in out-there interiors and bold and bright furniture used against very quiet homes.
This shift in decorating styles shows how we are no longer buying into a trend, but more buying things that we really love, regardless of if they go or not, to create truly personalised and individual homes.
So, how do create a minimal interior? How do you perfect a maximalist interior? And how do you create a harmonious balance between minimalist and maximalism?
Minimal interiors consist of 5 key elements. These are:
- A simple, considered colour palettes
- Sleek silhouettes
- Modern finishes
- Clever storage solutions
- Streamline details
By decorating your home with a simple, tonal colour palette you make it very easy to create a minimal look. Natural textures lend themselves to minimal spaces as they warm up white rooms, avoiding your home looking too clinical.
Furniture should be well considered with a simple silhouette and in a monochromatic colour palette, allowing you to move furniture seamlessly around your home.
You'll notice minimal homes are always very uncluttered and tend to feature clever built-in storage. Keep handles and hardware simple, and if you can avoid it altogether, do!
Choose push-pop openings or drawers with hidden handles to streamline your furniture and effortlessly hide away all that clutter.
Is a Minimal Interior the one for you?
If you love being organised, tidying and calming spaces, then a minimal interior is for you. However, keeping your space looking this clean and simple requires a lot of daily tidying up!
If you're more drawn to colour, print and texture, then look at creating a maximalist home.
Maximalist homes are not one for the faint hearted. With a crazy mix of print, colour, texture and materials, there are no rule to maximalist interiors except:
The bigger, the better.
Choose classic furniture styles in bold colours. The Luxe Velvet sofa in Midnight Blue is a twist on a classic chesterfield sofa. The vibrant blue velvet when paired with gold accessories, geometric prints and your favourite wall art will create a truly unique space, showcasing your personality.
Art Deco styling really lends itself to maximalist interiors due to the opulent textures and contrasting curves against geometric prints. Pair smooth, sweeping shapes with harsh prints, throw in some gold for a luxurious element and top it off with oversized house plants.
When it comes to maximalist interiors, the world is your oyster. Clash your favourite colours and be experimental with patterns. Just remember, as this is a very visually stimulating look, try to tone down the craziness for the bedroom.
Stick to softer shapes and muted colours to promote relaxation. Retain the clash of textures and patterns but in a more subtle way.
Is a Maximal Interior the one for you?
There are varying levels of maximalist interiors, so it's up to you how wild or restrained you like to go. If you love colour, pattern, texture, and are happy to maybe make a few decorating mistakes, then go for a maximal style.
As we mentioned earlier, trends are less black and white, and this year we see more and more Minimal Maximalism home emerging.
What is Minimal Maximalist?
A minimal maximalist style is a combination of considered furniture, luxe materials and pops of wile. This could be a minimal furniture paired with patterned wallpapers and pop of neon. Or it could be a sleek, white room with a statement, brightly coloured curved sofa.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to how you decorate. Just be true to your style, and don't feel so easily influenced by what you see in magazines- chances are a year or so down the line you'll be looking for the next trend.