Over the years, design trends have waxed and waned and there have been many times when minimalism was popular as well as times when maximalism was in vogue. Today, we have been seeing both styles in shelter magazines. There are often spreads on beautiful and sleek contemporary spaces as well as wonderful “over the top” maximalist rooms. “Less is more” is absolutely the way to go for some while others follow architect Robert Venturi’s credo that “less is a bore.” We say to each his own.
Minimalism highlights the essence of a room, stressing clean lines, clutter-free spaces, and a limited color palette. Designing a beautiful, functional home in a minimal way is not easy. Skill, restraint, and a great deal of discipline are needed to pull it off. We love this living room by Tara Benet Design in New York City.
Maximalism is the antithesis of minimalism with its audacious display of bright colors, bold patterns, and a love of artful clutter. Maximalist spaces reflect their occupants’ travels, pasts, and quirks. Exotic Bohemian glamour comes to mind when thinking about maximalist design - rather than trying to achieve a perfectly coordinated space, maximalists strive for a layered look to embrace a beautiful, cozy chaos as can be seen in this photo from Architectural Digest.
For more examples, take a look at the White Glove section of the May/June issue of Traditional Homeor the April issue of House Beautiful which featured a home in Philadelphia.
Which style speaks to you?