Throughout the ages we have gone between maximalism and minimalism, flipping between the two as tastes and eras changed through decades. Most recently minimalist interiors have dominated design in the last few years but maximalism is making a comeback! Here we’re going to help you decide if you’re maximalist or minimalist…
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is all about decluttering, clean lines, and no patterns. Usually, the walls are neutral or white, and surfaces only contain what is necessary otherwise it is cleared away to invite light and space into the room. It is seen as the gold standard of interior design because of its organised, simplistic and pristine aesthetic. Think Marie Kondo - if it doesn’t spark joy or add value to your space, it doesn’t make the cut!
What is maximalism?
In stark contrast to minimalism, maximalism uses textures, colours, accessories to bring joy and emotion to a space. Rather than being cluttered, the idea is to curate these different elements to create a feast for the eyes - if minimalism is considered simple and sensible then maximalism can be thought of as the life of the party!
But which one are you?
Naturally, we gravitate towards either maximalism or minimalism, and it can reveal more about who we are. Minimalists tend to be organised and are looking for efficiency. It is also thought that they may be looking to escape the constant stimulation of information; a refuge from the connectivity of our daily lives. On the other hand, maximalists wish to be surrounded by memories and moments, popping little items around as conversation starters or reminders of good times. They take inspiration from art, nature, and travels to curate creatively-driven spaces in their homes that feel homely and reassuring.
Can you be both?
Absolutely! There is a trend called ‘maximal minimalism’ that incorporates both aesthetics for a happy medium. Taking one or two elements of texture and colour, maximal minimalists add a focused selection to a neutral palette.
What is clear is that regardless of whichever aesthetic tribe you belong to, the key to both is ensuring that everything in the room has a purpose. If you don’t want to completely declutter, you can always contact us and have your surplus items put into self-storage. We offer both traditional self-storage units and also a new service ‘Box-by-Box’!
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