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What is Maximalism and Will It Work in your Kitchen?

Posted by admin on April 20, 2018 at 11:24 am. Filed under: General

Minimalist style has dominated the last few years, in everything from timeless white-on-white kitchens to the sleek aesthetic of Appleā€™s phones and tablets. The response to this pared back school of thought is maximalism, where bright colours and striking patterns are chosen to make a room as eye-catching as possible.

If you like sets of matching furniture, maximalism may not be for you. The concept is often characterised by items that are deliberately chosen for their individuality. Avoid a messy and uncoordinated look by ensuring there is a connection between some of the pieces. This connection could be a colour scheme, pattern, texture or fabric.

A vibrant kitchen with bright coloured chairs and accessories
A solid wood kitchen with mis-matched worktops and a blue island

Maximalism also centres around items you love. Displaying curios and decorative pieces is a fantastic way to show your personality, making the kitchen unique to your own tastes. Build your collection of items over time, as this style works excellently if you are constantly adding items to it. Shelving or other storage can be used to curate your items without them being obstructive.

Start with a large area of the room, such as a wall or the floor. Kicking off your maximalist design like this will coordinate the look you want to achieve and prevent the room seeming muddled and chaotic. Different objects can then be introduced, such as mis-matched kitchen chairs or influences from across the globe.

A mostly white kitchen with many neutral coloured accessories
An oak bookshelf with books laid out haphazardly. There is a chalkboard and wooden stool in the background

It is very easy to incorporate this style to your kitchen. Consider mixing and matching your work surfaces using our solid wood and laminate worktops, especially if you have a kitchen island. Alternatively, you could paint a feature wall or use one of our many splashbacks to provide extra patterns or colour to your cook space. A kitchen is a superb place to apply this decor, as the vibrancy of varying shades and textures complements rich, flavourful food.

How would you apply maximalism to your kitchen? Let us know below, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.


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