The popularity of minimalism in interior design seems to go and on. With sleek lines, simplicity and the bare minimum we need for comfort the ideals of minimalism are appealing to many. But what about its opposite maximalism? Maximalism is where excess and the ornate are celebrated and can make for a striking interior, and it can make an attractive option for you home.


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Minimalism in interior design can be seen as the reduction of an item and the interior that it is placed into its essence. It’s a modern movement that seeks to remove all unnecessary decoration until the design is perfect for its function. In fact, minimalism and modernity have become synonymous. Minimalism is about creating space, peace and harmony within an interior. Minimalist creators reject ornate carvings, but let the wood or materials speak for themselves.

In the 1960’s we see architects like Frank Lloyd Wright being influenced by the minimalist movement. His houses were designed to have a less definite boundary between the outside and the inside. They were also designed to be hypermodern, while working in harmony with their natural surroundings.

The influence of Japanese principles such as Zen, Wabi- Sabi and Ma is also evident during this time. Ma, in particular, is essential to the minimalist philosophy. Ma is the attempt to create open space in our surroundings both mental and physical.

You don’t have to live in a custom designed space to achieve this look. Minimalism can work in any architectural space. Some of the best minimalist spaces are situated in older buildings that have been stripped back to their bare essentials.

Deciding on minimalist interior needs to be thought through in a careful way. Consider the use of space, the wall treatments and the type of furniture. Also consider the light and how it relates to the room.

If you looking for a calm retreat from the noise and bustle of the outside world? Somewhere where you mind can relax as well as your body? Then the minimalist look could be for you.


At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Maximalist movement. Forget clean lines, modern materials and beauty as essence; maximalism rides roughshod all over that! Think big, think bold think rich and opulent. That is the key to the maximalist approach.

Influenced by historical interiors, maximal design combines luxurious fabrics and over the top styling. Combines of Baroque and Rococo give drama and impact in a maximalist room.

Juan Pablo Molyneux is a famous proponent of the maximalist style. He is critical of the minimalist movement. He believes that people decorate their houses in that way because of fashion and not because that is how they actually want to live. Molyneux is a supporter of beauty and grandeur and says that that is the essence of good taste.

While achieving the high-ceilinged baroque feel of a Molyneux designed room at home could be difficult.  You can take on board the use of bold colours and extravagant ornamentation to give your home a more maximal look.