More is More – Get the Maximalist Look!

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Last week we looked at the beauty of loved and lived-in spaces and how to make them work in our Accessory Overload post. This week, DOMAINE paid homage to maximalist décor. Great minds…

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.

Image sources L to R: domainehome.com and flickr.com

 

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!

Image sources L to R: domainehome.com, domainehome.com and kbhome.com

 

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.

Image sources L to R: abigailahern.wordpress.com, domainehome.com, and limilee.tumblr.com

 

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.

Image sources L to R: domainehome.com and stylecaster.com

 

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.

Image sources L to R: domainehome.com, elledecor.com and inspirationhut.net

 

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.

Image sources L to R: domainehome.com, domainehome,com and apartmenttherapy.com

 

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.

Image sources L to R: inspirationsdeco.blogspot.fr, flickr.com and kellywearstler.com

 

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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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.