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Swings and Roundabouts of Maximalism

I’ve always had magpie like tastes and enjoy the eclectic mix old and new, however, maximalist I am not. My chaotic collection of stoneware pots and trinkets means that I like to keep everything else fairly neutral and calm. However, with the rise maximalism I thought it was worth looking at the pros and pitfalls of this design trend.

The music room in Barnaba Fornasetti's Milan house . Image: Oberto Gili

Maximalist design is a trend characterised by an abundance of textures, patterns, colours, and materials. While this approach to design can create bold, eye-catching spaces, it's important to consider both the benefits and challenges of the maximalist trend.

Credit: The Apartment, Copenhagen


  • Creates a unique, personalised look: Maximalist design allows for creativity and individuality, as you can mix and match a variety of patterns, colours, and materials to create a one-of-a-kind look.

  • Adds depth and interest: With its use of multiple textures, patterns, and colours, maximalist design can add depth and interest to a space, creating a bold and engaging look.

  • Encourages experimentation: Maximalist design encourages experimentation, allowing you to mix and match different styles, colours, and textures to create a look that is uniquely yours.


  • Can be overwhelming: An abundance of patterns, colours can be overwhelming in a space, especially if the design is not carefully curated.

  • Requires careful editing: To achieve a cohesive look, maximalist design requires careful editing to ensure that the space doesn't become cluttered or overwhelming.

  • May not be suitable for all spaces: Maximalist design may not be suitable for all spaces, especially smaller ones, where an abundance of patterns can make the space feel cramped and cluttered.

Harlequin. photography Jon Arron Green Styling Alice Margiotta

To make maximalist design work, it's important to carefully curate the design elements, edit the space, and ensure that the design is cohesive and balanced.

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