Maximalist Decor Is Making Interior Design Fun Again


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After years of all-white everything, with sleek interiors and items placed 'just-so', interior trends are evolving, with a reminder it's okay to have a little fun again when it comes to styling and decorating your home.

If you have always been a fan of understated design, it’s fair to think you’re unlikely to flip to an over-the-top interior. However the emergence of new trends does mean we’ll start to see a lot more layering of bold decorative elements and use colour, pattern and textural juxtaposition being celebrated this year. The return of molten metal and chrome accents are also on the rise.

Just like Coco Chanel announced about accessories, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off,” maximalism for your home is the opposite of that. In other words, add more in. More colour, more texture and more pieces that you love and give you a good feeling.

Just like Dopamine Dressing and Dopamine Glam inspired more mood-boosting colour in our wardrobes and beauty routines, in 2024, Dopamine Decor will do the same. FYI, dopamine is a neurotransmitter or chemical messenger which when released into the brain, induces feelings of happiness.

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It also means that sticking to design elements of one era are eschewed in favour of a playful mix. Vintage, recycled and upcycled pieces are all key elements to embrace in a maximalist interior so thrifting or searching out online auction sites and Facebook marketplace is to be encouraged.

Consistency in the colour palette will help guide your choices. Try using diverse shades of the same hue or sticking to a couple of colour schemes.

Adding more pieces of art to the mix is another way to dip your toe into maximalism, as is re-thinking wall treatments, prioritising colour or interesting decorative wallpapers.

The opulence of the past and mixing and matching of eras also gets a nod too with gilded touches like mirrors, lamps and chandeliers or richly textured curtains.

Interesting floor finishings and luxurious patterned rugs also help add layers to your rooms.

More: See inside Danish designer Malene Birger’s maximalist Lake Como home


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