Most of us have spent a lot more time at home than usual in the past two years. So, it is not surprising that home décor and how we feel in our abode is more important than ever. After spending so much time (maybe too much time?) locked within four walls staring at our worldly possessions, we’re ready for a change.
You might be tired of the clutter and are ready to remove the unused items you’ve accumulated over the years. On the contrary, do you feel the need to surround yourself with joyful mementos, turning each room into a comforting oasis? No matter what you’re drawn to at the moment, you’re right on trend. After years of stark white and minimalist interiors, maximalism is making its way back into our social media feeds and our homes.
What is the difference between minimalism and maximalism?
You’ve heard the saying: “less is more.” In a nutshell, this is what minimalism is all about. Minimalist interiors create a calm and serene feeling by removing unnecessary elements. The space is bright and airy, thanks to the absence of clutter. Minimalist homes are often decorated in neutral colours, such as white, grey, black. They also have touches of textural wood tones to create a more inviting environment. Japandi or Minimalist are just some of the styles on the minimalist spectrum.
Each element is curated to mix style and function. Storing items within furniture storage compartments ensures nothing takes away from the streamlined interiors. Rare decorative elements are here to make a statement: for example, a large ornamental vase instead of a collection of smaller pieces. Although minimalist interiors can feel cold and clinical, they are also relaxing and appeasing. They’re perfect to unwind after a busy day spent in an overstimulating environment.
Meanwhile, maximalist interiors embrace the notion that “more is more”. More colours, more patterns, more treasured items. Where minimalism looks similar, maximalism reflects the personality and lifestyle of their occupants. There are no established guidelines to create a maximalist abode. To put it simply: if something brings you joy, whether you like its aesthetic or the memories attached to it, it belongs in your home.
Maximalist interiors tend to be exuberant and eclectic. Think of vintage finds and mementos collected throughout a lifetime. They can be playful, like a boho chic bedroom, or grand, such as the reception rooms of a European castle. But, maximalism is not synonymous with chaos. A common theme or colour scheme can keep things from getting out of control. For example, Hamptons-style homes can lean towards maximalism with preppy patterns and decor. Still, the combination of white and nature-inspired tones such as blues and greys maintains a breezy atmosphere.
How to incorporate minimalism into your home?
If you cannot bear the clutter in your home any longer, it may be time to incorporate some minimalist elements into your home. Start by removing anything that feels unnecessary or messy. Anything from old magazines to under-utilised kitchen appliances ticks the box. Get rid of anything that does not serve you any longer a la Marie Kondo and find the right place for your occasional essentials.
Where possible, find furniture that incorporates hidden storage to save space and keep the clutter at bay. For example, storage ottomans can do wonders to keep plaids, books, or even stray toys out of style while providing occasional seating. If your clothes are overflowing, it may be time to invest in an extra chest of drawers.
Keep surfaces clean and empty of any objects except for a few selected pieces that can make a statement. Keep in mind that anything will shine brighter if they do not need to compete for attention. A single bloom in a simple vase will have as much of a “wow” factor in a minimalist room as a full bouquet in a cluttered space.
Finally, try to stick to simple colour schemes when possible. Bright whites and soothing greys will infuse your home with a peaceful atmosphere. Depending on your tastes, associate them with graphic blacks to make a statement or wood tones to bring the great outdoors in.
How to incorporate maximalism into your home?
Are you tired of icy minimalist interiors and are ready to create a cozy and joyful nest instead? It may be time to bring maximalism back into your home.
Dive into storage and go through your favourite items and choose the ones you would like to display in your home. Find pretty frames to create little vignettes that will start conversations and bring a smile to your lips whenever you see them.
Incorporating textures and patterns into your home will also add warmth and character to your interior. Go crazy with throw pillows and cozy plaids in the living room and use fun wallpaper to turn your blank walls into statement pieces. A statement headboard and a chunky bedspread will turn your master bedroom into an opulent retreat.
Does it still feel a little bland in there? That’s what art is for. While it’d be nice to hang a Picasso in your bedroom, don’t get hung up on the price tag to choose items to display.
Keep in mind that even maximalist interiors should have a certain unity to avoid falling into chaos. Stick to a colour scheme including two or three complementary hues and play with scales and patterns to see what looks best. Do not hesitate to shake things around to see which setting would be best for your favourite items. And always take a step back to look at the big picture.