Top: Farrow & Ball, Bottom: Colefax and Fowler
A maximalist interior is full of prints and patterns, a mix of colors, layers of texture and personality. In maximalism, the design rules are pretty thin in the field, so furniture and accessories can cut through eras and design styles without worrying too much about coordination. According to the Living Cozy Index 2021, Google searches for maximalist interior design have jumped nearly 300% this year, along with an increase in searches for its Gen Z cousin, cluttercore.
Amy Wilson (@amywilsoninteriros,) interior designer for 247 Curtains says, “It’s more about bold color blocks and paint effects.
“Remember there are no rules when it comes to maximalist decorating, so have fun building your project for yourself. Think bold, big, brave and you can’t go wrong.”
Maximalism in a country setting takes advantage of the natural eclecticism of country interiors, filled with chintz, floral designs, and an assortment of antiques, art and other mismatched treasures.
And while being in possession of a large bunch of countries certainly helps achieve country maximalism, it is certainly achievable without.
Read on for 6 design tips for creating a maximalist country program in your own home.
Layers on layers on layers
Layering is a very literal interpretation of the maximalist “more is more” philosophy. It is a gift for people who have a hard time modifying their belongings or cannot make up their minds on a unique design scheme. In a country setting, the layering helps establish its signature comfort, with piles of cushions and throws adding warmth and texture to a room.
“Layering is considered a classic trick of maximalist decor, ”says Amy. “The layering of patterns, colors and furnishings add an element of interest and appeal. However, layering is much more than decorating a fireplace full of treasures, it’s about layering elements that you might not traditionally think of. For example, why not layer rugs? A bold primary blue layered over an Ikat style pattern in pinks and oranges has the ability to stop and stare at your guests. ”
Look for new opportunities to use the model
Country houses tend to throw away the rulebook with prints and patterns anyway, happily mixing chintzy florals with colorful geometric designs. Maximalism is looking for new opportunities to invite pattern into the home – like this striped Taylor Loop rug used in a laundry room, or the matching wallpaper and sink skirt from Colefax and Fowler.
“Hexagons, zigzags, spots – any repeating pattern – work well together to achieve an alternate and maximalist pattern conflict. Keep the palette bold and bright to make the most of these patterns. A good place to start might be in the bedroom with your bed linens, pillows and throws, ”says Amy.
She is a fan of incorporating stripes into a maximalist design scheme: “The wider the stripe, the greater the impact and this goes for paint, accessories and furniture. To create a super unique statement, try painting your ceiling in black and white stripes by combining this with a statement color on your walls. It’s time to be brave! “
Be more daring with wallpaper
Country-inspired wallpaper, with a William Morris print of wild plants or animals, is a quintessential maximalist design technique. For more impact, look in your home for innovative wallpaper opportunities beyond your own four walls.
If you have wall paneling, use wallpaper in the recesses, and similarly, paneled cabinets and cabinets are perfect for this kind of experimentation. Consider using wallpaper on your ceiling next to interesting lights, or add some great scenes on your wall with large scale mural wallpaper full of interesting details. Read our full guide to 21 smart wallpaper ideas to inspire your next home update.
Adopt a wide range of colors
A cheerful approach to colors is seen as a maximalist staple, from great color clashes and clever color blocks, to a punchy all-color like this playful Colefax and Fowler piece.
Color block with a range of colors to add character to any room but don’t settle for stripes, go for zigzags, curves and waves adorned with color. For a finishing touch, be sure to ‘add a pattern and never, never neglect your fifth wall – the ceiling! “
“Don’t be afraid to play around with combinations you might not have considered before. Try to combine pastels such as lilac and mint with a super bright primary color,” says Amy.
Upgrade your accessories
For maximalists who are averse to clutter (one doesn’t necessarily lead to the other), oversized decorative pieces make a big statement without filling a room.
“Maximizing scale instead of adding large amounts of accessories and knickknacks will ensure the ultimate maximalist vibe, ”says Amy. “Go for oversized light fixtures, suspended from a dark ceiling for more drama or a characteristic chair that plays with the proposals, seemingly looking a bit large for the space.”
“You can also play with illusions by adding the must-have accessory of the season – an oversized tilting mirror that has the added benefit of making a room look bigger.”
Opt for statement pieces
Armchairs and sofas in bucolic floral prints, vintage stripes or modern geometries make a maximalist statement – especially in mismatched sets. To add more interest, layer patterned upholstery in contrasting colors.
“When it comes to furniture, injecting maximalist personality into your home is easy. A striking striped fabric armchair or a trendy blind can make all the difference, ”says Amy.
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