Bold is beautiful. And our maximalism trend takes the look to a whole new level. It’s all about styling to the max – think bright colours, bold patterns and luxurious fabrics.

We put this look together with the help of interior stylist Pippa Jameson. Pippa is a big name in the world of interiors, having worked as a stylist, art director, consultant and TV designer for 20 years. We started working with her for our Spring 2019 catalogue and were delighted with the outcome. This season included 3 fabulous new trends; Global Traveller, Botanicals, and today’s focus, Maximalism.

Although this look can feel a little intimidating at first, it really doesn’t have to be. So, let us show you how to easy it can be to introduce one of the biggest trends of the year to your home.

First steps

First, pick a maximum of three key colours. Then, add highlights with contrasting colours to make the look really pop. Don’t be afraid to be bold with your pattern choices, but remember to mix some plain in amongst the pattern to let the scheme really breathe. Darker wall colours create a brilliant backdrop for the maximalism trend, letting the colours of the furniture make even more of an impact.

Maximalism trend

Symmetry played a big part in this shot, bringing order to what can be a busy scheme and allowing the eye to really take in the pattern and colour we’ve brought to the room. And by adding accents of brass, you can easily add a touch of luxe to the trend. This can be done through accessories such as plant pots and vases, candlesticks or lamps.

Bold is beautiful

We knew we wanted to incorporate some of our boldest, brightest upholstery into this look. Our Mustard Velvet Jazz Tub Chair was a hit as soon as it launched in our Spring 2018 catalogue and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down. It’s absolutely perfect for Maximalism – the seat is upholstered in radiant mustard velvet, while the chair back is wrapped in vivifying black and white zigzag-print cotton. And the Teal Appeal Sofa, which takes centre stage, is a true handmade beauty that combines the bright colours and bold patterns that really make this look what it is. Both were absolutely perfect for our Maximalism set up.

Velvet Jazz Tub Chair - Mustard

Three key pieces of our sheesham furniture featured in this look; our Mallani Console Table, Mallani Merchants Chest and the Thakat Storage Coffee Table. Sheesham wood has the most glorious grain, and the contrast between the darkness of the wood and the bright colours of the upholstery and accessories really lends itself to the trend.

Mallani Merchants Chest

Minimalist Maximalism

If you love the maximalism trend look but want to bring it into your home on a small scale, that’s easy too. You don’t need to go all out to achieve this look, especially with our range of fair trade furniture and home décor.

Brightly coloured cushions, throws and rugs can take minimum effort but have maximum impact. In our shot, we layered some of our favourite GoodWeave certified rugs with a mixture of colours and patterns. But picking just one stand out rug can have a big impact on any space. Check out our Aztec Rainbow Kilim Rug, Thali Diamond Kilim Rug, Natural Braided Round Rug and Palace Punja Kilim Rug, as featured in this look. Alternatively, shop all rugs on our website for more inspiration.

A brightly coloured accessory here and there is the perfect way to give a little nod to the maximalism trend. Our Rosanna Keepsake Boxes are the ideal mixture of bright colours and bold patterns.  Or how about our Tukada Round Mosaic Mirrors? A medley of kaleidoscopic colours, these fair trade mirrors add brightness to every room.

Rosanna Keepsake Boxes

We don’t usually need encouragement to incorporate flowers and greenery into our shoots, but for the maximalism trend, we went big and bold! Think brightly coloured flowers and lush, full plants. Adding colour and greenery through plants is a really quick, easy and relatively cost effective way of subtly incorporating this look into your home. And we all know that plants are good for our health – win-win!

So go on, give this look ago! As they say, fortune favours the brave…We’d love to see how you get on – tag us in your photos on Facebook & Instagram and we’ll share our favourites.