Maximalism is making home design enjoyable once more.

The philosophy of “less is more,” popularized by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Has come to be associated with sophistication since the movement’s inception more than a century ago for home.

Nowhere was this more evident than in our homes, which reflected values of simplicity, restraint. Purpose over excess and decadence thanks to the popularity of Scandinavian and Japanese interior. Along with design, we had a brief fascination with Marie Kondo. A world-renowned tidying expert whose decluttering methods gained popularity during the pandemic.

Contrasting hues, patterns, and textural juxtapositions have gained popularity among designers and homeowners in recent years. This maximalism (as opposed to minimalism) is, in many respects. Yhe antithesis of the crisp lines and subdued color schemes that have dominated contemporary home décor. It is bold, expressive, and lavish.

Additionally, it is a fashion that is based on the idea that more is better.


The word was only coin in response to contemporary minimalism, yet it has roots in the European Baroque and Rococo decorative movements of the 17th and 18th centuries. The aesthetic of excess has gone in and out of style, reappearing in the Victorian era and subsequently being intertwine with styles like Art Nouveau and Postmodernism. It is frequently linked with the extremely affluent; consider Louis XIV’s extravagant Palace of Versailles.

The trend seems to be experiencing a return, maybe driven by social media’s growth and a pushback against the thrifty living during the Great Recession.

The new book “Living to the Max: Opulent Homes & Maximalist Interiors” honors maximalism through the lens of roughly 30 projects, most of which are private residences with a few boutique hotels. It also tells the lives, influences, and creative processes of the people who worked on each project. Glossy title illustrates how maximalism is frequently characterize not by predetermine norms but by the eccentricity and eclecticism of tenants, as shown in fashion designer Rosita Missoni’s flamboyant Milan flat and burlesque star Dita Von Teese’s gorgeous and theatrical Hollywood home.

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