‘Maximalism,’ bringing your eclectic personality into your home – with Joanne Littleford from Cartwright Homes

For the past decade minimalism has been the aesthetic we have seen become the desired style for many modern homes. Today we talk to Joanne Littleford, Sales and Marketing Manager for Cartwright Homes, to find out why they, as many of us are making room for a new trend of ‘maximalism’


Joanne explains that “Maximalism presents a way to embrace the vibrant variety of home life through colour, accessories and scale, and facilitates some much-needed escapism.


At Cartwright Homes we have embraced this style by showing all of our new homes in a more individual style. We select more vibrant interior designs showcasing maximalism through colours and accessories to make the home an extension of your individual style, and puts you and your family firmly in the spotlight.”


With this new style popping up all over social media at the moment, we put together some of the key features of the trend, so you can be inspired to include a maximalist flare in your home.


Eye-catching colours

Maximalist design does not restrict itself to traditional colour combinations. In fact, its remit is the bolder the better. When choosing your furniture and paint, you can experiment with drastically contrasting colours, such as pairing orange tones with purple, or blue hues with yellow. White can separate brighter shades to add a space of serenity in among pops of colour.


Meaningful mementos

Maximalism is all about embracing the meaningful. Forgo a small scattering of framed photos in favour of creating a large-scale gallery wall celebrating all those family moments and memories that make you smile.


If your sofa has sentimental value, but doesn’t match the new rug you have had your eye on, it doesn’t matter. Combining pieces from different eras is a popular stylistic choice in maximalism, with no pressure to coordinate. You can incorporate family heirlooms, unique collectibles, or stylish travel souvenirs into your schemes without clashing or confusing your theme.


Patterns, patterns, patterns

One way to channel maximalism in your home is through an abundance of conflicting patterns. Maximalist designers mention stripes, zig zags, waves and animal print as just some of their go-to styles.


Patterned wallpaper is a favourite in the bathroom, so much so it was the biggest bathroom trend of 2021, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon.


For those feeling brave, maximalist designers point towards your ‘fifth wall’ - the ceiling - as a place to add a pattern to jazz up your room.


A place for plants

In a maximalist-inspired room, it is common to spot a botanical theme. Splashes of green foliage help break up bright colours and add texture. Introducing house plants into your design has also been proven to help purify air, soothe anxiety and boost mood - so, the more the better!


Show homes have always been a fantastic source of inspiration for your own home, whether they be real or virtual. Cartwright Homes currently have a number of developments in progress across the region. Visit https://www.cartwrighthomes.co.uk/ to see their latest homes.


For inspiration and ideas at the touch of a button and without leaving the comfort of your own home why not check out Pinterest, Instagram, TikTok and other social media for the latest designs or online magazines such as House Beautiful or Homes and Gardens have some great articles on how you can achieve this look.


Adapted from an article originally published in August of 2022 https://www.millerhomes.co.uk/blog/2022/august/maximalism-the-interior-design-trend-where-less-is-certainly-not-more.aspx