What is Maximalist Interior Design? Colorful aesthetics, explained
Hear hear! Calling all the material girls at the table to discuss a phenomenon that is taking over TikTok and right now, all 130 square feet of my living room. You have probably heard of minimalist decor – a type of interior design defined by neutral colors and uncluttered spaces – but the latest buzzing conversation is about maximalismor, maximalist decor.
Quite the opposite of light and open spaces but always 100% intentional in its composition, it is the maximalist interior decoration. Telltale signs of maximalism include full gallery walls, vintage knick-knacks, and a flair for the unconventional when it comes to extravagant paint colors and one-of-a-kind furnishings. Another proof of the bold and funky trend is the hashtag #DecorMaximalist having amassed a staggering 40.7 million views on TikTok.
“This style is far from shy and is decidedly bold,” says a San Francisco-based interior designer Ariel Magidson. Unlike the sparsely decorated apartments Seen in recent “that girl aesthetic” videos on social media, maximalism is a vibrant, eye-catching and playful breath of fresh air. It’s a style you don’t see every day, but when you do see it, it’s a direct expression of the person who designed it. To understand the multi-feeling layers of maximalist decor, we spoke to a few interior design experts who either know a lot about the trend or live in specially curated maximalist homes and (thankfully) share them with the rest of the world via Tik Tok.
Here’s a quick look at what a home decorated in maximalist decor might look like:
What is Maximalist Interior Design?
Maximalist interior design, by nature, can be defined in multiple ways. “To put it simply, maximalism is a risque interior design style that embodies the ‘more is more’ mindset. It’s about mixing bold patterns, bright colors, unexpected textures and contains lots of intricate details,” San Diego-based interior designer Liz Lovery says Bustle.
Manda Hansen (@mandacreatespretty on TikTok) has also given her some insight into the trend, being a maximalist decorator herself and regularly posting about her ultra-colorful dream home. In other words, there’s no shortage of splashy, sparkly eye-catchers in every corner of his Washington-based home – a true example of maximalist decor at its finest.
“Maximalist interior design epitomizes all things colorful, fun, eclectic, and bold. There are no rules to maximalism — and that’s the magic,” Hansen told Bustle. “You’ll see multiple eras of mixed home design, layered patterns, and lots of decorative pieces throughout the space.” See below: Hansen’s candy pink happy place.
The maximalist aesthetic on TikTok
Interior designers and lifelong maximalists have devoted entire accounts to educating their followers on the intricacies of maximalist decor, while inspiring viewers with unprecedented ways to step up their decorating game. Melbourne-based creative duo Josh & Matt (@joshandmattdesign on TikTok) are notable members of the maximalist community and trend setters in the space. Their videos on the ‘Tok are always colorful and boil down to brass stuff on their poppy furniture finds, a collection of museum-worthy chairs, and ambient lighting tips. The common denominator? Fun and visually stimulating pieces that complement the eclectic qualities of others, seemingly by coincidence.
“Maximalism is an opportunity to really explore your personality in a wider range of facets and inject it into your home. There are many different interpretations of maximalism, but ours leans towards curated maximalism where we try to merge elements that we love from both maximalism and minimalism,” the duo told Bustle. “We like to play with color blocking and texture…the key is to have fun and embrace the journey, because maximalism is all about experimentation.”
Another share-worthy TikTok account centered around a maximalist setting is @weeny_victorian_house that packs a punch on the For You page with lush houseplants, leopard-print stairs, and a collection of otherworldly wall art with gold frames.
Sarah from @ahometomakeyousmile is a UK-based content creator in the maximalist community who shares her take on maximalism with a relaxed twist. Think puffy layers of taffy-colored pastels, flowers everywhere and rare tchotchkes all around. Fluffy and aesthetically pleasing dog preferred but not required.
How to Decorate Your Home Like a Maximalist
Then how exactly do you dip your toe in the proverbial swimming pool of maximalism? Interior, fashion and print designer Dani Dazey – who designed and renovated a motel with famous drag queen Trixie Mattel on the latest Discovery Plus show, Trixie Motel — has some suggestions.
“If you’re ready to go maximalist, pick two to four colors and build a room around that. Tie the same colors together as many times as you can until they make sense together. If you don’t don’t like it, you can always paint it!” Dazey said to Bustle.
As mentioned earlier, Lovery recommends sticking to the rule of three, meaning no more than three of each of the following: patterns, colors, and textures. She also advises mixing the old with the new, telling Bustle, “My favorite way to do it is to use modern furniture with antique or vintage-inspired accent pieces. Whether using unlacquered brass fixtures, a ruffled lampshade, or even an antique picture frame, mixing old and new decor adds contrast and visual interest to a space, not to mention great conversation starters! »
Plus, four ways to add character to your home with the eclectic maximalist Charlsie from @aleagueofherhome on TikTok: