Maybe the minimalism trend wasn’t for you. You asked yourself: “What brings me joy?” and the answer was: “Everything!” Everything you have in your space brings you joy, and you want to use it as the basis for your own home decor. Maximalism might be the design trend for you.
When you need to change up the look of your bedroom or add a few design details to your living room, maximalism can help you highlight your love of collections or bold colors and patterns.
This moodboard features maximalism design ideas to help inspire you to embrace your love of chaos and joy. You can get a feel for how adding details can enhance the look of any room or start from scratch and design an entire space.
This guide to maximalism helps you get started and provides you with some dreamy images:
How to Use This Moodboard
A maximalism moodboard features various photos from catalogs, magazine articles, and other media sources that provide a look at how others are using maximalism design principles to decorate a room or home. The goal of any moodboard is to help you visualize how certain design elements of maximalism would blend into your home.
You can use this moodboard to determine the pieces you want to add to your existing decor to help it look more maximalistic. The moodboard can give you ideas of the small details and special touches you can add.
If you have a blank slate to work with, you can pick and choose the images or sections of pictures that you like most to inspire you to fill your space. It’s always a good idea to remember that you don’t need to copy an image. You can always use them as a starting point to define your own space with maximalistic design influences.
What is maximalism in design?
To begin, maximalism in design is a complete rejection of minimalism. This doesn’t mean that your space is messy or excessively cluttered. You’re looking for controlled chaos. Here are some design elements to consider:
- Mixed pattern: If you find a check throw pillow you love and another with a floral pattern, buy them both and set them proudly on your couch. Love that striped wallpaper, but the couch has a chevron pattern? Get the wallpaper! Maximalism makes it stylish to mix patterns.
- Loud colors: Do you love the acid green that was so popular in the early 90s? This is your chance to decorate with it. From pillows and rugs to wallpaper and paint, maximalism gives a green light for bold colors.
- Collections: If you have a collection you love, maximalism helps you feature it. From brass objects to antique glassware, you can decorate around your collection.
Maximalism makes it easy for you to embrace your love of a variety of patterns, colors, and decor. You can stop worrying about matching designs and how things look together and concentrate on the pieces that you like most.
What are minimalism and maximalism?
It’s easy to tell the difference between minimalism and maximalism. The guiding principle of minimalism is less is more while maximalism believes in the creed of more is more.
Minimalism believes in simple designs while maximalism loves ornate details on everything from furniture to rugs. In a home featuring minimalism, you find that the colors on everything from the walls to the floors are muted and favor neutral tones.
A home with a maximalism design features a rainbow of colors that are bold and bright. While you won’t see many patterns in minimalism, they are rampant in a maximalistic space.
Minimalism hardly ever uses patterns in a room. If there are patterns, it’s the same one throughout the space. With maximalism, the use of patterns and multiple patterns at the same time is encouraged. One style of decorating isn’t better than the other; it’s simply a matter of which you prefer for your home.
Ways to Incorporate Maximalism Into Your Home
If you decide you want to create a maximalist look in your home, there are a few ways to achieve it. Here are a few ways to start:
- Highlight your collection: It might be antique thimbles or old typewriters. Whatever it is that you collect needs a prominent spot in the room. You might place them on shelves or hang them on the walls. It all depends on what you collect.
- Add bold colors with accent pillows: What’s your favorite color? You can go out and buy accent pillows in almost any color or pattern. You want to find pillows with bold colors and don’t worry about the patterns.
- Mix these up with a patterned area rug: Have too many squares and rectangles in the room? You can choose an area rug with polka dots or triangles. You no longer need to worry about what matches or goes with everything. It’s your turn to pick out what you like.
With maximalism, you don’t need to worry about the standard rules of decor with everything matching or complimenting each other. It’s your time to shine with the decor items you like most.
Maximalistic Rugs for Your Home
When you adopt maximalism, you can accommodate almost any rug you like into your home. Your bedroom can have two or three area rugs, each with its own color, material, and texture.
Always dreamed of a cowhide rug but thought it didn’t go with your current decor? These room decor ideas allow you to add just about anything that appeals to you. Your kitchen might benefit from a bright red rug while the adjoining dining area gets a shaggy blue one.
If you want to place a runner in front of your couch or under your dining room table, it’s okay. Maximalism welcomes almost any style, size, or color rug. You might want to lean into the bold, bright colors to offset the single neutral colors of minimalism.
This ability to pick and choose pattern or materials makes this moodboard a great way to start thinking about the maximalistic rug you want for your home. Home decor ideas are easier to incorporate into your space when you can visualize them first.
Whether you’re looking to redo your bedroom or entire home, a couple of new rugs is a great way to start. At Rugs USA, we offer an extensive selection of sizes, materials, shapes, and colors to get you started.