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Take it to the Max: Nine ways to achieve maximalism in your home


Now that minimalism is becoming dead in the water, how do we embrace maximalism the way the experts do?

Mary Claire Boyd, fair director at The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, the UK’s longest running art and antiques event that returns to London from June 19 – 28, shares her advice on how to introduce a maximalist interior style into your home.   

Mix and match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different fabrics and patterns. Think more is more with multiple textures, colours and designs. The redesign of the legendary London club, Annabel’s, is a homage to maximalism with an abundance of flora and fauna - and even faux foliage on the ceiling. Don't be wedded to one style either, as the fun is in mixing up at least three different design styles.

Theme it

Keep a theme or find a way to link it all together. There will be something consistent running through all the carefully constructed layers, however subtle.

Curate your clutter

Group together similar-looking objects or ornaments in uneven numbers on different heights of surfaces to provide points of interest.

Be brave

Stay true to your style but be brave and take it further. Don't be swayed by Instagram images that don't reflect the real you. This is a look which is about individuality! Put two colours you love in a room instead of one, paint the architectural features a standout colour and substitute neutrals for vibrant shades.

Start small

If it all feels too far out of your comfort zone, start small, and adaptable. Cushions or ceramics in bright colours can lighten and lift a room enormously.

Discover your love for antiques

Antique furniture thrives in maximalism and recycled pieces will sooth your eco-conscience. Mix styles, woods and periods, mix old and new as well as old and old. Try a 19th-century farmhouse table in a modern kitchen or a dresser in a kitchen with miss-matched ceramics.

Picture this

A picture gallery wall is maximalism at its finest. All sizes, periods and subjects can be hung together over an entire wall in literally any room in the house.

Be bold with light

Lighting is key and can be much more exuberant than its discreetly hidden predecessor. Antique mirrors will add instant character and create even more light while Art Deco lamp shades provide decoration. Chandeliers from any era lend glamour.

Revel in it!

Minimalism may have been calming and peaceful but maximalism is fun, inspiring and creative. Be sure to embrace it!


The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns for a 47th year this summer and this year is co-located within The House & Garden Festival. 160 leading British and international art galleries and antique dealers will come to London for an even longer run from June 19 – 28.