Design Aesthetic: Maximalism

I didn’t know there was a name for my decorating style until recently.


Maximalism, a reaction against minimalism, is an esthetic of excess and redundancy. The philosophy can be summarized as “more is more”.

I grew up in my mom’s house where artwork covered every wall and surface. Visitors often remarked that they loved coming over because they noticed something new every time they went over there. Being consistent with the fact that I am my mother’s mini me, this has become my style as well.

I love the look of minimalist modern spaces, but I don’t feel truly at home until the walls are covered. I love the look of several colors, patterns, and textures layered on top of each other and every inch of wall covered.

PHOTO: Patrick Cline for Lonny, designed by Jamie Meares via MyDomaine

I love the use of busy patterns mixed with large art pieces. All of the colors are similar, which gives the room a feeling of cohesiveness, but the mix of patterns keeps your eye moving.

PHOTO: Lovely Life

This room looks like my ideal office space. I love the dark color offset with the white prints and windows. The clips on the wall allow for a studier cork board type of deal that lets you change out the pictures on your wall without the danger of your asshole cats tearing it to shreds. (You live and you learn.)

PHOTO: Adrienne Breaux via Apartment Therapy

I adore collage walls. Anyone who knows me knows that I have one, some way or another, in every single place I live. I love all of the colors in this one in contrast with the bold, but solid colored couch. If they’d just get rid of that God forsaken clown, it’d be perfect.

PHOTO: Ethnic Cottage

Love the inclusion of different frame sizes and trinkets.

PHOTO: Nicole LaMatte for One Kings Lane via MyDomaine

The plain walls and busy rugs are amazing together. The combination of bold simplicity and faded detail makes an image that is extremely visually interesting and cozy.

PHOTO: Ethnic Cottage

Wall collage. Enough said.

What’s your personal style?

Domesticate Kate

Domesticate Kate | Design Aesthetic: Maximalism



2 thoughts on “Design Aesthetic: Maximalism

  1. I feel so validated right now, thanks DomestiKate for looking out for the people who never see their decor inspo on tumblr ❤


    1. I try to speak for the underdogs, for those whose families accuse them of being cluttered, for those who admire the clean whites of minimalism but know that they drink too much red wine for that shit.

      Let your need for color and pattern be free! 😉


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