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.
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.
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
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