While minimalism has been all the rage for the past few years, there is something to be said for the other end of the spectrum. Maximalism allows you more freedom with colors, materials, and other elements of your home’s style.
Of course, as with all things, there is a line. How can you embrace the creativity of maximalism without verging into kitschy territory?
As with all trends, what was old is now new again. In many corners of the internet, an emerging aesthetic described as “granny chic”, has been gaining popularity for the past few years. It perfectly describes the juxtaposition of modern maximalism and charmingly antiquated, traditional design made popular generations ago.
Some common elements of this trend include a focus on unique, vintage pieces and decor that showcases elements of the individual’s personality like souvenirs and trinkets from places they’ve traveled or things that highlight hobbies and passions.
Another key piece of this carefully curated aesthetic might surprise you – wallpaper.
A staple of “out there” design for as long as it’s been around, wallpaper is the cornerstone of any maximalist vision for interior decor. The problem is most people don’t know how to properly incorporate it into the larger vision of their home.
Wallpaper is eye-catching, there’s no doubt about that. Sure, sometimes it’s done in a bad way, but it always demands your attention. Your eye is naturally drawn to it, generally because it acts as the focal point of the room it’s applied to. The best way to make this effect work for you and your design palette is to really focus on where to use it in your home.
Small alcoves, breakfast nooks, foyers and mud rooms make great candidates for wallpaper because they are traditionally overlooked. Bringing a pop of color or a fun pattern into these spaces can help you reintroduce them to guests without totally overwhelming the senses. Lots of companies even offer reusable wallpaper that can be moved from room to room relatively easily, meaning you can subtly change up your look without too much hassle.
Don’t underestimate the “wow” factor that the right wallpaper can have in your home.