Minimalism v. Maximalism

  • Jayden Lesser
  • 06/10/22

One of the most crucial things to decipher when decorating is if you want a minimalist or maximalist vibe to your home. This has been one of the biggest questions for years that plague new homeowners’ minds. Here we are going to go over the differences between the two and how to use them both.

What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is truly about using the things you really need. The term ‘less is more’ is very relevant to this style of design.Lots of clean neutrals are used when decorating and clean fine lines. Having more open space with normally a good amount of natural light from windows creates a very light and airy look. Big windows are a great focal point in a room and it can give it more of a warm look as well. Using neutral paint colors like white, tan, light gray, cream, or beige are all amazing colors to keep your home looking clean and uncluttered. Lots of simple mirrors are normally used in houses like this as well because it gives the illusion of a bigger space. Additionally if your house doesn’t have big windows, mirrors are a perfect substitute for them and they are also the perfect decoration as they are simple and timeless. Contrary to popular belief, minimalism isn't just all about using plain colors. Lots of simple art, textured blankets, and plants are incorporated in this design style as well. By putting the focus on one or two things in a room it makes those elements stand out more and look special. Minimalism can be more than just a design too, for some it is also a lifestyle.

What is Maximalism?

Maximalism is all about loud colors, prints, different textures, and fun shapes. Maximalism is all about expressing yourself in as many ways as possible. Normally these types of houses tend to have darker colored walls and then decorate the walls with art or shelves. On these shelves people can put whatever they want including books, nick-nacks, and candles. The possibilities are endless. This doesn’t exactly mean more of everything, it just means more of your favorite fabrics, colors, and accessories. To keep your decor from looking uncoordinated make sure to find a few common colors or patterns for a room. There is a very fine line between cluttered and maximalism. A big trend in this style is comfort. Getting big fuzzy blankets and large colorful couches, or big bookcases filled with colorful books or a wall of art are staples in every maximalism home. 


It's important to remember that decorating a home takes time and everything doesn't have to be perfect. Make your home comfortable with you, whether that be with clean simple designs, big bright pops of color, or a little bit of both. 

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