If minimalism doesn't work for you, try this new trend taking over Instagram

Clean, simple lines are being dethroned, mama.

Minimalism home decor

For the past few years, minimalism has been the popular trend. It's classic, timeless and we don't think it will ever overstay its welcome. But there's a new decor trend popping up that celebrates having more.

It's called maximalism and it's exactly like it sounds—maximizing your decor, but in a beautiful, colorful, organized manner.

I'm currently in the throes of preparing for major spring decluttering so maximalism speaks to me on many levels. I have a toddler and a 9 month old so there is stuff all over my house. Instead of discarding everything Marie Kondo style, it might behoove me to mix and match patterns I already have on hand and personalize the space so it feels special and unique to my family.

The maximalism trend is a cool respite from having to organize and make every square inch of my home flow together. Instead, designers are encouraging people to break the traditional design rules, like the use of repetition, minimal colors and consistent patterns and use this as an opportunity to be more diverse. If you love colors and patterns, maximalism is probably your style.

The best part of this trend is that you can't mess it up. Maximalism is all about making stuff look beautifully yours. Here's what you need to know:

What exactly is maximalism?

To truly understand maximalism you have to understand that the trend focuses on personalization, not perfection. Combine various colors, patterns and aesthetics that you love to create a bold, almost eccentric vibe, says Mikayla Keating a Decorist designer.

Hannah Miller, another Decorist designer agrees. "To me, maximalism is the exact opposite of minimalism, it's a balance of intertwining patterns and decor, not styles," she says. "With maximalism, we get to break traditional design formulas and etiquette—the process can be quite intriguing and electrifying."

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What's the difference between maximalism + minimalism?

The key difference between these two trends is that maximalism offers more variety for a personalized style. While minimalist designs tend to all look similar (think: light aesthetic, neutral tones, natural woods), maximalism gives you the freedom to make each space your own and use what you love. It's especially fun for mamas because with so much color and mixed prints, paint and food stains from little hands easily blend in. Think of it as the decor you love mixed with your favorite colors and home accessories, says Keating.

What's the easiest way for mamas to follow the maximalism trend?

Teaching my child to tie their shoes was overwhelming enough, says Miller. "To try to figure out my aesthetic would have been mind boggling, but maximalism offers mamas the ability to put a design together without trying too hard," she says. "By mixing patterns, colors and shapes, this can be a very enjoyable process. Stick with two or three shapes, one pattern and repeat similar colors."

"It is easy to create a maximalist look with fun items full of memories and things that they love," says Keating. "Things do not need to be perfect or match. The more color and pattern, the better."

Remember this is a fun process, don't overthink it. This is an atmosphere where you, mama, are relaxed and organized, yet ready for your kids to be kids, says miller. Maximalism design equals a kid-friendly design.


Not sure where to get started? Here are a few of our favorite pieces, mama:

1. Ubabub framed canvas wall art

2. Imagine Fun jungle mania wallpaper

3. Marmalade alice area rug

4. Crate & Barrel large woven pendant light


Crate & Barrel round bookcase

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