Do you follow a ‘less is more’ or a ‘more is more’ philosophy when it comes to decorating your home?
Or, like many of us, do you start out with pure minimalist intentions but somehow drift back into decadent maximalism as gifts, travel and family memorabilia grow into new eclectic collections? It’s reassuring to know that both approaches are currently being embraced by interior designers and home decorators alike.
If your heart yearns for a minimalist home, chances are you find beauty in clean lines and embrace lightly furnished spaces. With a love of quality over quantity you are happy to live without a showy display of material things.
Above image features Storm Oak
Focussed on a desire to eliminate excess, the simplicity of a minimalist interior brings a relaxing escape from the busyness of modern life with a pale neutral palette, sleek furnishings and an absence of visual noise.
Rooms are pared back with white or off-white walls, restrained furnishings and the absolute minimum of pattern. To soften a possible starkness, minimalism looks best when combined with a limited selection of natural materials and textures and a few purposeful accessories on show. A pale neutral flooring with a light texture, such as light oak, whitewashed pine or pale limestone, will effortlessly complement the openness and lack of clutter of minimalism to bring a sense of tranquillity and give an airy impression of space even in small rooms.
On the other hand, if you are drawn to bold colours and mixed patterns and tend to surround yourself with eclectic personal keepsakes and memorabilia you will love the abundance of maximalism.
Above image features Natural Prime Oak
Embracing bold warm tones, texture and pattern but without feeling cluttered, a maximalist interior is a lively environment that stimulates the senses and represents a life lived to the full. Visually interesting with clever use of colour, a maximalist design is ideal if you want to showcase carefully curated collections of objects with personal significance and throw together a profusion of soft furnishings for a cosy welcoming feel.
Rooms may feature darker walls with bold patterned wallpaper together with various comfortable seating options in luxurious fabrics such as velvet or corduroy, piled up with mismatched cushions and throws. Flooring in natural warm wood tones combines well with the vibrancy of maximalism yet offers a timeless elegance that will prove a versatile choice as colour trends change over the years.
Which way does your heart lean – towards the mindful serenity of minimalism or wild abandon of maximalism? Why not share your design choices with us on Instagram @karndean_uk?