Maximalism, the combination of classic Western décor with Chinoiserie and mid-century vibes is the new fad in the world of interior décor. While modernists may deride the idea in favor of the “less is more” concept propagated by Swedish minimalism, minimalists including the likes of Robert Venturi don’t readily buy the idea as they state, “less is boring”. Tony Duquette is regarded as one of the most important designers of maximalist age of interior décor.
It is the maximalist age of interior design that has upped the ante for vintage collectibles. Layering pattern, mix and match of colors in textiles and rugs, chandeliers, vintage furniture and décor are some of the most dominant items used to decorate interiors as part of the maximalist style of design. Maximalism propagates the idea that the only thing that restricts us is our imagination so we must let our imagination run free when styling our interiors.
A room packed with collectible antiques feels like a warm, friendly abode ready to accept you with arms wide open. The most important element of creating a maximalist feel in a room is to create a play-off of objects, to mix and match a number of items before finally coming to the décor you desire. The most important part of maximalist style is that you don’t have to rely on only one type of a particular piece of décor, for instance if you have white rug and an antique cowhide rug instead of choosing only one you can choose to spread both and create designs that appeal to the eye.
If you like several vintage art pieces at once there is no need to choose only one and to leave the rest, you can use all of them to create a gallery out of them. Let this gallery be your board from which you project your own authentic, true self to the world. Multiple pieces of antique items can be used to create an aura of completeness around the room. It is this completeness that will exude warmth to the outside world. After a long, tiring day of work when you come into a room full of aesthetically pleasing pieces of antique collectibles, you will find your tiredness waning into thin air.
However, it must be remembered that in minimalistic style of anterior décor one just does not add up things just to have more. Everything is added as it enhances to the overall scheme of things and makes everything much more aesthetically pleasing. We add a small piece of antique silverware to a room that has wooden furniture; we cannot add this same silverware to a room full of metallic furniture as it does not add to the overall appeal of the room.