Take it to the Maximalism
by Maria Hipwell Creative Director for ArtAbsolutely.com and Founder of AParkBench.co.uk
I’m a big fan of the bold, in your face, striking, arrogant swagger of the Maximalist movement in comparison to the Minimalist, modest, meek and mild. 
Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for everything to be put away. Afterall, one  man’s junk is another man’s clutter. However, ultimately there's also room for organised chaos, layered tat, an explosion of patterns, and a “go big or go home” approach. There are no rules to follow here apart from please be tidy and don’t be afraid to edit.
Around 2015 Hygge swept across the world like a gale-force wind from the North, (Hygge is a Danish word meaning used to describe a moment or feeling that is cosy, special, or charming.) Yet in the last few years have seen us parade, more of more. We have started to curate a home, rather than a show home and personally I can’t get enough of it. Maximalist design captures the comfort element and adds a touch of glamour and taste to any room, so make time to get busy and just embrace stuff.
Maria's Small Guide to Maximising in Style

Here Maximalism is highlighted by extravagant bookshelves filled with various literature juxtaposing modern with  quirky antique books.

Books

Dedicated bookshelves, stacks of arty, coffee table hardbacks, or just favourite piles of well-fingered fiction. Why not pick up some obscure, oversized books from the charity shop just for show or raised eyebrows.
Layers of different but complimenting textiles will take your home to the max. A strong focal point can be artwork or wall paper, but cushions, upholstered furniture and/or cashmere blankets can make for great highlights. 
Layering of Textiles

Throw down a rug, fluff up the cushions, drawback the curtains with swags of threads, and layer the sofa arm with cashmere blankets. This will be easier if you have some theme to the style, whether it’s the colour, pattern or print.
Bright and daring colours in your home can be another way to maximise your space. Here this is achieved by velvet green sofa, dark room design, eclectic decor and complementary ‘Butterflies’ artwork.
Colour

Don’t be afraid of colour, I’m not suggesting a Pollock-esque approach but start with a palette and build on this. A strong, bold colour, balanced with tonal patterns in the same accent.
Salon Hangs experimenting with placing artworks closer to the edges of walls. Wall by the window: ‘XXX’ (top left), colour customised ‘Game I & Game II’ (top right), colour customised ‘Dream’ (centre), ‘Maverick’ (bottom left), ‘Selkie’ (bottom right). Wall behind chair: ‘Crowded’ (bottom left), colour customised ‘XXX’ (top left), ‘Autumn’ (right).
A Gallery Wall – (see previous.)
Accumulate various things to bring your space to truly maximalist decor. This music room in Milan home features a Quattro Stagioni rug, drawings by Pierro behind the velvet sofa, instruments and Fornasetti Architettura CD tower. As in House & Garden.

Stuff

This can take time to accumulate, and slowly your personality and style will make a statement. Whether these are the pieces that evoke a memory or a stealth purchase from the back of a dusty, old, curiosity shop. Try throwing them all together in one grouping for maximum effect
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Butterflies

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Crowded

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Selkie

From 70 x 47 cm to 152 x 102 cm
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XXX

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Maverick

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Game I

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Game II

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Dream

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Autumn

From 38 x 76 to 102 x 51 cm
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