There’s a lot of love going round for the more-is-more home at the mo!
Cosy, crazy and creative, the maximalist space makes an inspired environment to exist within. It’s a layering of textures, furnishings, wall art and trinkets. Contrasting colour and pattern are welcomed to create a visually intriguing, character-rich space.
Liz Lynch is quick to note, “Careful editing is an integral part of creating a maximal space. Taste-level and style can easily be lost if each addition to the design isn’t thoughtfully considered.”
We thought we’d share some of her insights on finding the balance between too busy and beeyoootiful. And a few aspirational pics!
BLOCK COLOURS LET THE EYE REST
The boho-chic bedroom pictured above left is a dynamic fusion of floral + tribal patterns. It’s saved from excess by the block-coloured sheets, bedhead and drapes. Similarly, the crisp white walls (centre) and the bold block-coloured armchairs and ottomans (right) create a sense of space in amongst all the pattern.
UNDERSTATED PALETTE + COHESIVE STYLE ALLOW MULTIPLE PATTERNS TO CO-EXIST
Above centre: organic textures and tribal patterns exploit an earthy neutral palette to great effect. Using an understated colour scheme prevents this living space looking chic rather than cluttered.
FOLLOW THE NARRATIVE THROUGH THE ROOM
We love a wall of books – so much creative inspiration contained in those sandalwood-scented volumes! Plus, it’s a great conversation piece – who can resist trawling through the spines on someone’s shelves to see into the soul of their host… (Too much?)
Above are two examples of maximalist spaces that incorporate a few choice décor accents to carry the colour through the room.
INTRODUCE UNIQUE ACCENTS + TEXTURED ELEMENTS
Above left: crisp blues and creamy whites create the solid base that’s needed to support the competing textures within this super-chic living space. Unique artwork and vintage pieces like the Louis Vuitton valise tucked under the coffee table add character for visual interest.
Prussian blue and purple are paired with cabriole leg furniture and lace-lined drapes to create a luxurious aesthetic. And a bathroom with a difference – these retro-inspired, flea-market style additions make this small space big in personality.
INVITE CULTURAL CROSS-POLLINATION
Above left: clean-lined furniture showcases the traditional designs of the soft furnishings in this opulent bedroom. The aesthetic is rich yet sophisticated + contemporary. We love the cultural fusion in the oversized Chinese urns, the Greek motif on the console, the decorative mirror and the tribal design cushions.
Draw together classic designs with more contemporary or ethnic pieces through a consistent palette and a consciousness of space.
Bold + brave is the new black. Also, if you have a dog – real or sculptural – also pop this in. 😉 Eclectic harmony. Not such an oxymoron after all!
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