More is more, and better! Proven by @kellywearstler
Sleek stone lines, white walls, understated gray and tan furniture. Almost every Pinterest board and Instagram feed seems to be filled with the latest interior design trend. People just can’t seem to get enough of the barren aesthetic that is minimalism.
“Less is more”, something we’ve all heard here and there, was more of a lifestyle for Minimalist influencers Buckminster Fuller and Dieter Rams. These artists drew their inspiration from a post-World War II artistic movement that integrated Japanese Zen culture among other artistic influences. The general idea of minimalism is to forgo clutter in order to live a less material, more convenient and peaceful life. Enthusiasts of minimalism praise the skill and restraint required to decorate a room or home using only a few pieces of furniture and art.
But where’s the fun in that? That muted vibe might be nice in a museum, but this is your home. It’s not a Zen temple, but a sanctuary for loud music, self-expression and spilled wine. That’s why those disillusioned with minimalism are turning to its twisted sister: maximalism.
Maximalism, a reaction to minimalism, is an aesthetic of “excess and redundancy.” The motto: “more is more.”
Clutter isn’t always a bad thing, proven by @jamimeares
Basically, revel in the clutter! Maximalism is a celebration of the surprising harmony of seemingly discordant objects. Some even say that creating a beautifully “chaotic” space through this design approach is even more difficult than using the minimalist technique.
As you’ll see through the work of the following inspired interior designers, it’s truly special when so many diverse and striking pieces can be brought together in such an elegant way.
1/ Pretty in Print
@tiltonfenwick proves you don’t have to be afraid of a little pattern
There’s something undeniably bold about mixing and matching patterns. Designers like Tilton Fenwick take it to a new level by turning homes into pattern palaces; couches, pillows, artwork, and even lampshades feature wonderfully complementary designs. For the newcomer to pattern mismatching, pick prints with more white than color! For example, try some of Marimekko’s stunning textiles or Dusen Dusen’s versatile patterns (that you can also get in the form of adorable clothing).
We want a @dusendusen bedroom
Or, take a leaf out of designer Jamie Meares’ book and throw together the craziest prints you can find for a bouquet of effortless color and style.
@foxtailandmoss knows a good space when they see one
Fans of big, rich pieces like this chocolate brown fireplace will fall in love with Foxtail and Moss’s play on traditional style. The introduction of sleek additions like glass tables and geometric patterned chairs can add a hint of modernity to old world splendor. After all, maximalism is all about the surprising interplay between things that shouldn’t go together—but do.
3/ Color Blocking
Jonathan Adler is truly the master of color. His signature style is a gold and black base with a pop of gorgeous color through accents like art and furniture. The most important element of his maximalist style is the detail with which he selects the “clutter” that populates his tables and shelves. Clear glass bookends, model skulls, colorful fashion hardbacks, and striking lamps are all unique additions that complete his aesthetic.
The king of maximalism, @jonathanadler showing the perfect example of desk design
Whether creating an art-deco masterpiece or the interior incarnation of a blue color palette, Adler knows how to add all the right shades in all the right places. Prepare to be astounded by his meticulous eye—from glass-and-acrylic rams’ head tables to shimmering chandeliers. He brings out the design diva in all of us.
Can you spot all the details in this @jonahanadler space?
4/ Cushy Glamour
Kelly Wearstler is not afraid to mix comfort and class. She has a knack for finding big, cozy couches you can just feel yourself sinking into. She’s all about going oversized—from the heavy chandeliers to the alluring art to the huge plush rugs.
We’re dying to take a seat in one of these @kellywearstler chairs
Her style ranges from warm and peachy pink to cool and comfortable. Regardless, she finds a balance between the harsh lines of stone fireplaces and the soft elements of furniture.
@kellywearstler the queen of comfy furniture
Todd Selby (owner of the interior design firm “The Selby”) is not your average interior designer. As you can see in the below pictures, he frequents the homes of artistic geniuses like Karl Lagerfeld.
Nothing is more fabulous than Karl Lagerfeld & a massive bookshelf, via @theselby
In fact, his overflowingly bookish style is best captured in Lagerfeld’s Parisian Atelier. The horizontal library is anything but minimal: from every crevice springs a title that would make any book fan envious. Gray couches and a metal loft offset the chaotic array of books.
For the average bookworm, the scale of Lagerfeld’s collection may seem unattainable. However, there are many other interior designers who have come up with some Instagram-worthy imitations. (Madeleine Weinreb’s “Sand” collection, for example, is shown below).
@madelineweinrib’s bookshelf is a bit more achievable
6/ The Botanist’s Abode
Interior designer Justina Blakeley takes inspiration from the outdoors. Her signature style is jungalow: part jungle, part bungalow. She achieves this through Southwestern influences and by bringing the greenhouse into the home. There’s something of festival vibe to her design: desert inspiration, hipster accessories, and the perfect amount of excess.
Is this a cafe in Mexico or a @justinablakeney space?
Overflowing plants, leafy patterned wallpaper, and big exposed windows are all integral parts of her designs. In order to achieve Blakeley’s effortlessly beautiful greenery, stop by your local nursery for indigenous plants.
And don’t be afraid to throw in some colorful pillows and fabrics on the way!
We’re all dying for this perfectly cluttered entrance way, just like @justinablakeney’s