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Minimalism has long been trending in interiors and maximalism, the idea that ‘more is more’, has been picking up steam with the invention of ‘carnivalcore’ and homes around the country generally leaning into more colourful furniture and decor. But, if you like the idea of your space feeling, well, spacious, and yet you still like having stuff, there’s an interior trend that blends the two: maximal minimalism.
“It’s striving for balance,” says Jade Gillett, co-founder of Sydney homewares and art store Rainbow Studios. “This trend combines simple shapes and clean lines with abstract forms, bold hues and eye-catching patterns for the perfect mix of simplicity and style.”
Simply put, maximal minimalism is injecting some personality into an otherwise sleek space. Gillett says it’s all about maximising the use of space and embracing one’s individuality through the use of colour, shape and texture in design. In her opinion, minimalism limits creativity and self-expression in the home.
“We’ve observed a growing boldness in people’s choices for home decor, with a focus on bright, clashing colours and textures in their artworks, ceramics and lighting,” she says.
“The trend toward monochrome and blending in is becoming a thing of the past, and homes are becoming a vibrant expression of one’s individuality, showcasing a mix of playful memories from various eras. This trend is a fun and authentic way to show one’s true self.”
Stephanie Dixon, editorial director at Society6, told Apartment Therapy she thought the move towards ‘more’ resulted from there only being so much you can do with a minimalist aesthetic.
“It’s beautiful, but it really limits your colour palette and design options,” she says. “[Maximal minimalism] relies on simple shapes and clean lines illuminated by bold colours with strong callbacks to mid-century modern art and design. Think Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, or Matisse’s beloved collage work.”
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