The field of design is quite broad, however, for several years now, the idea that less is more has been installed. This 2023 leaves this concept behind, resuming a forgotten trend, the maximalism.
This representation of design, was born as an opposite response to minimalism, mixing explosive colors with retro and futuristic designs. If having only the essentials is not your thing, maximalism is the style that will suit your preferences.
More fun, more colors and more textures! With this trend you will be able to play with many patterns and materials in your spaces and in your wardrobe to achieve an ornate style where more is more.
What is maximalism?
Maximalism is an artistic current that was born to counteract the purity of minimalism, exalt eccentricity and elegance. It consists of an extravagant trend applied to interior design, in which different colors, textures and shapes are mixed, using creativity to create a striking image.
In other words, maximalism is a movement of more, in fact, in which the greatest amount of details and styles are applied, giving way to ostentation.
Looking back, we can visualize this trend at the time of Queen Marie Antoinette, when many eccentric elements were used in clothing and architecture.
After World War II, a simple lifestyle was established in which minimalism reigned. Many artists of the time wanted to change this scene, combining objects related to pop and other artistic currents such as the Victorian and Baroque styles.
This mixture resulted in maximalism, a “messy” but sophisticated trend that took over interior design, fashion and art in general.
Currently, the maximalist design is synonymous with good taste. That is why a large number of interior and fashion designers are using it for their style proposals in 2023.
maximalism and fashion
In the world of fashion, maximalism stands out for very ornate outfits. For example, Iris Apfel and Lady Gaga are worthy representatives of this trend, each with her very personal style.
In the fashion maximalist, colours, shine, exaggerated accessories and overdone garments compete with each other to gain prominence. This concept was the favorite of the 80s, when the hyperbolic aesthetic made an appearance on the best catwalks.
In the post-pandemic world, it seems maximalism is making a comeback, and Valentino’s latest fall-winter collection was the showpiece.
Characteristics of maximalist fashion
- Strong and striking colors such as fuchsia, yellow, violet, neon green, turquoise.
- The cuts are asymmetrical.
- Juliet sleeves with volume, balloon sleeves, legs of lamb, bishop or marie sleeves.
- Floral prints, squares, polka dots, animals, stripes.
- Eye-catching accessories: big hats, bows, headbands, XL earrings.
If you want to try this trend, my recommendation is that you choose one or two eccentric pieces and combine them with other basic ones to achieve a balance.
Maximalism and interior design
In spaces, maximalism is much freer, so forget about the scarcity of elements! Here you can combine, without fear, all the styles you want in one place, Scandinavian, vintage, vintagenordic, etc.
This current of design tries not to adapt to the fixed canons of decor and rewards environments full of color, drama, pieces with great personality and warm shapes that harmonize with the architecture.
Features of maximalism in interior design
- Strong, striking colors that stand out.
- Wallpapers with large and colorful designs.
- Large and bizarre sculptures.
- Many decorative objects and works of art.
- Thick, velvet-like fabrics.
- Floral prints, animal print or abstract.
- Luxurious elements in retro or vintage style.
How to incorporate maximalism into your daily life?
Now that you know the maximalist philosophy, “more is more”, you can integrate it into your day to day, how? Next, I give you some tips:
- Experiment without fear: In this current there are no rules. This allows you to risk mixing colors, patterns and shapes of all kinds. Let your imagination fly.
- Look for references: On the internet, social networks and magazines you find inspiration for fashion and interior design in the maximalist style. Search for information and review the latest trends so you can adapt them however you want.
- Strike a balance: I have already said that everything is valid, but a balance must always be struck to convey a sense of order and not chaos. You can find a middle ground by placing several neutral elements that harmonize the visual.
- Take advantage of the space: If you are not very sure about maximizing the design of your home, you can take advantage of a single space, such as your office, to decorate it with the elements that you like the most.
- Stay true to your personality: Your tastes and preferences is what should prevail when dressing and decorating your home.
- Recycle: Do you have an old piece of furniture? You can restore it to add a vintage element to your room. You also have the option of looking for furniture or decorative objects in markets or second-hand stores. Also, renovating your home, you will save a lot.
Tell me, would you dare to use the maximalist style?