Artwork, vibrant carpets, touches of metal – take maximalism to the next level. Photo courtesy Spacejoy-Unsplash
Design was all about simplicity as the world came to grips with Covid, when cleanliness and sanitisation became survival mantras. Those grim years have now given way to maximalism or overdoing everything with elan, and as we had said earlier in 2023 trend forecasts, this is the time when everything, including design, is being celebrated with joyous abandon.
Maximalism is about excesses – more of everything, especially glitz and glitter, boldness and brightness, a no-holds-barred blending of colours, textures, fabrics, prints, all layered one over the other. Think satin or bold gold prints in furnishings; paintings, sketches and all sorts of artwork displayed on all the walls in a room. Zebra-striped durries alongside silk carpets. Maximalism comes within the ambit of postmodernism, when orderliness and rigid rules are rejected and excessiveness is embraced.