Minimalism appeared in the 1960's as a trend. It's essential point is the appreciation of simplicity, functionality and purpose. Though it used to be an absolute favourite of the art world, maximalism - the rejection of minimalism - has recently gained the sympathy of many with it's eclectic pairings and excessive vibes. The two styles are rivaling each other in many different areas, like fine arts, interior design, or even fashion. Now we introduce you both of them, and help you figure out which one is more fitting for you.
The goal of minimalism is - both in arts and design - to get rid of the excess, so only the purposeful elements remain. The recognizable features of minimalism are clean lines, empty spaces, basic textures, mindful decor and neutral colors and patterns. The lack of visual noise draws the attention to the items with meaning. Objects that are not used on the daily are hidden from the viewer's eye with smart storing solutions, making the space more versatile and transformable. The buzz words that should pop in when talking about minimalism are clean, targeted and functional. The believers of minimalism are not material people: they value space and meaning. However, keeping up this look means constant work, like sorting clothes and unused toys or decluttering the kitchen cabinets on a regular basis.
People tend to think maximalist taste is all about visual clutter. The truth is, a maximalist space is more interesting: it grabs the viewer's gaze more efficiently. Design-wise this means bold colours and intricate patterns are being thoroughly used and combined. The spaces are more vibrant and are sprinkled with objects of personal value. A maximalist room - when it comes to the real deal - is not about everything being crammed with no intention: rather, it's about the strategical placement of gaze-stopping items, thus creating a space that inspires a complex net of contemplation. The primary objective is comfort, therefore lounge furniture is the to-go choice when it comes to a maximalist living space. The beauty of maximalism lies in excessive compositions and unliikely pairings' unexpected and marvelous harmonies.
Maximalists are traditionally collectors, their displayed values usually being mementos of their travels and achievements. Instead of order and cleanliness, they tend to find comfort in chaos and excess, which reflects their joie de vivre and love of glamour.
Which one are you?
Before you commit to one or another, we are happy to help you figure out wheter minimalism or maximalism is meant for you. Our quiz only takes a few minutes, yet it can transform both your life and your taste for the better!