In design, we can never generalize that one size fits all. Interior design is beautiful because it allows diversity and provides different outlets for individuals to express their style. For instance, minimalism and maximalism provide homeowners with very diverse ways of expressing their style.
Over the last couple of years, we have seen minimalism and maximalism both come in and out of style. Both bring very different attributes to design; however, neither is the right way or the wrong way to style your home. Consistency is key, and both styles demand full attention. Let us take a closer look at both designs to help you determine which style is best for you.
This style has been trending more with the millennials. Minimalism is a style where less is more. The belief of quality over quantity is the bare backbone to this style. Minimalism embraces functionality and easy access around a room. Clean lines are often exposed, and the atmosphere uses little to no decor. However, this design style is far from boring. The elements that are chosen to be in the room’s design are very selective and serve a purpose.
In an atmosphere with little furnishings, each piece that is selected has more of an impact. Consider a room with two leather couches and nothing else. Now, imagine placing those leather couches in a busy atmosphere with rugs, pictures, wall art, and more. The leather chairs can have a more individual influence on the room when not distracted by other elements. The aspects of the luxury of leather are more appreciated and brought out into expressing the room.
That being said, it does not mean that maximalism is not expressive. Maximalism is exceptionally expressive and will put style before functionality. Wall trim, ornate detailing, and lavished artwork all contribute to this atmosphere. Maximalism contains very decorated rooms and can feel eclectic at times; however, every element still has a place and a purpose. You can scrutinize a maximalism room through the finest details. These rooms will have throw pillows, curtains, wallpaper, paintings, and much more.
Both styles are very unique in their own way. We can see both having influences in today’s design world. Which style do you prefer? We would love to hear from you. Let us know in the comment section, and for more comparisons on today’s designs and more, make sure to subscribe!