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15 Ways to Bring Maximalism to Your Home

Some of you may be wondering- What is Maximalism? A few years ago, we saw a huge push for people to go for a minimalist lifestyle. It encouraged people to be happier with fewer things, and focus more on enjoying a lifestyle, rather than material possessions. As you can imagine, maximalism is the exact opposite. This is the celebration of having a home that’s bright, busy, and full of the collections that make you happy. Obviously, maximalism is nothing new. It has been around for a very long time, reaching way back into the depths of our childhood memories. We all know at least one family member whose home was magically filled with lots of things, while simultaneously being a bit over the top. Here at Inspiring Home, we’re bringing you some of the ways to bring maximalism to your home.

Maximalism is all about blending different design styles. Credit: Shutterstock

15. Blending Multiple Design Styles

The great thing about maximalism is that if you like more than one interior design style, you don’t have to choose! Blend two or three styles together to your heart’s content. Most of the time, you’ll see people who have a bohemian vibe mixed with an eclectic personality. Or, they’ll revert back to some of the classic European styles mixed with modern day pop art. 

The idea of maximalism is to bring together everything you love without feeling restrained by staying within the lines of the rules of one style. Or, you could completely throw out the rules of what people say should or should not be in a certain category. What’s more important is that you love your space, and that you’re having fun.

This artist’s home is brimming with inspiration. Credit: Shutterstock

14. Busy Walls

With many other design styles, it’s popular to just have one or two pieces of statement artwork. However, in maximalism, it’s a lot more common for you to see a gallery wall.  Others might have a mural painted to cover the entire wall so that the entire thing is a scene that’s interesting to look at. The point is to never leave your walls completely bare. If you’re going for a maximalist style, trying to make your walls as busy as possible.

The more items, the better. Credit: Shutterstock

13. Lots, and Lots of Items

Since maximalism is the opposite of minimalism, you obviously want to have a lot of items in your home. This works perfectly for someone who is already a collector. Instead of having your items put away in boxes in the attic, bring everything out and put it on display. Sometimes, the idea of having too much stuff in your home can feel claustrophobic. And a lot of people also don’t want to give the impression that they’re a hoarder. But there is a way to display an abundance of items (like in the photo above) in a way that just makes sense. If you’re having trouble, take the time to rearrange your items until it feels just right.

Maximalist homes have tons of color. Credit: Shutterstock

12. Lots, and Lots of Color

You’ll almost never see a neutral color palette in a maximalist home. Maximalism is all about color. And you don’t have to stick to just one or two colors, either. Go crazy with a rainbow, if you really want to. Or, like in the photo above, you can take one color and totally expand upon it, like an all-pink space. Some designers will also organize their belongings by color, so you can see every color of the rainbow seperately.

All kitsch, all the time. Credit: Shutterstock

11. Embrace Kitsch

The definition of kitsch is “art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.” Maximalism is almost always full of kitschy artwork. You might be totally aware that something isn’t “cool” or on-trend with the current moment, but you don’t care. As long as it makes you happy, that’s all that matters.

Layering with patterns is bold and fun. Credit: Shutterstock

10. Layering

Instead of just having a single piece of artwork hanging on a wall, consider a layering. This can happen on top of the mantelpiece, table top, or even on your floor. Layering really gives a lot of depth to style, and it also gives you an opportunity to fit more pieces in one place. This works out perfectly if you have a huge art collection and you’re not really sure what pieces you want to use.

9. Nostalgia 

Something you see a lot in maximalist homes is nostalgic themes. This could be nostalgia for a certain time period, or just a sense of bringing back joy from your childhood. You don’t necessarily have to harken back to a time that you were alive for, either. Plenty of people love to have vintage nostalgia from a time they admire, even if it was over a hundred years ago. For example, you might want to feel like you live inside of a Dark Academia home that feels nostalgic to the Victorian era. It’s really up to you.

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8. Embrace What You Love

One of my favorite aspects of maximalism is the fact that it’s really all about embracing what you love. You don’t have to be embarrassed about your quirky hobbies or collections. Just embrace the things you love, and surround yourself with them at home. For example, it’s common to see doll collections, memorabilia, and other collectibles in a maximalist home. As long as you’re putting these on display with care, it doesn’t matter if you have a lot of things.

Painted ceilings can make a bold statement. Credit: Shutterstock

7. Don’t Forget the Ceiling

Most people paint their ceiling white, because it helps to reflect the light and makes everything feel bigger and cleaner. However, people who go for a maximalist style will often paint their ceiling a bright color as well. This can create a more enclosed, cozy feeling in a space. Sometimes, people will even paint murals or patterns on the ceiling, too.

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