We see minimalism everywhere these days.  The simplicity that black and white gives off for example, can elevate pretty much any interior in a room.  And not just that, the world we live in today is so busy, so…cluttered.  Coming home to the very bare necessities, it is no wonder why it is so popular right now.  On the other hand, a maximalist is literally bursting at the seams with textiles, color and a pattern of formulated chaos.  Not that this kind of chaos is a bad thing-I have seen others pull it off really well!  I plan on learning from the best, since I am an unintentional maximalist. 

 

                        

Example of a minimalist

A minimalist lifestyle seems difficult to achieve, however these clutter-free experts live it and maintain it.  So what is there secret? Well, according to the godfather of minimalism British designer John Pawson, this lifestyle is based on “the excitement of open space.” And as many people mistake, minimalism is not just based off of black and white draped across the room.  You can definitely add color to your minimalist home.  Try organic shapes when looking for furniture.  Also, right angles enhance these spaces.  The point is to allow the eye to “dance” if you will, endlessly across the room with ease.  So when in doubt, remember: sofa, coffee table (preferably transparent or glass), picture frame, window.  As simple as possible!

 

                    

Example of a maximalist

Figuring out the maximalist lifestyle in my opinion is even more difficult to achieve.  Where do you start?  Well, let us start with what it actually is.  The art of a maximalist is a reflection of one’s full life.  You have your trinkets from Paris, that statue from Hawaii, etc.  Intertwine that with your décor.  The celebration of designs and textiles come together harmoniously and well-confected.  The key to being a maximalist is maintaining the neatness of the room.  Have fun with mixing furniture and décor from different eras, just make sure colors match nicely with each other.  They definitely need to be from the same palette.  

 

                             

Example of a maximalist