The Maximalism Trend

For years, people have naturally gravitated towards clean, sleek and elegant interiors. We’re here to encourage people to be bold, loud and create spaces full of character!

Maximalism is all about designing rooms full of various colours, textures and shapes, building an environment that feels energetic yet still maintains that cosiness that every home should enjoy. There’s often a pre-conception that maximalism means designing a busy space, but by combining traditional and modern elements, it’s possible to create a maximalist interior that maintains subtlety and allows your key features to shine through.

Discover our guide to every interior design style to inspire your next project.

Embrace Patterns

One of the go-to aspects of any maximalist design is the use of patterns. A busy patterned wall adds a great splash of colour to the room while also adding a wonderful depth and character.

With maximalist wallpapers, it’s often the quirkier, the better. Look for a pattern with a soft base colour that allows sharper tones to come to the forefront, creating a dynamic design that works with a range of furnishings.

The wallpaper in the bathroom below is a wonderful example of how to achieve the maximalist look. Its soft tones pair wonderfully with the greyscale furnishings and retro industrial lighting, allowing both elements to add different emotions into the space.

A colourful bathroom wallpaper with wall lights by Industville

Brooklyn Outdoor & Bathroom Wall Light - Brass, £85, by Industville (Image supplied by

If you’re concerned about going too loud with your maximalist wallpaper, why not consider less colourful shades? The pattern below is a wonderful example of a maximalist design that is soft on the senses but still delivers impact.

In a role-reversal of the bathroom above, this bedroom’s subtle pattern allows the features of the room to stand at the forefront, perfect for showcasing any special finds. Our hanging pendants are the perfect way to draw eyes upwards, while our high-quality coloured flex ensures every aspect of your interior speaks true to you and your style.

A greyscale bedroom interior with dynamic wallpaper and textured furniture

Sleek Edison Pendant - 1 Wire - Brass, £29, by Industville (Image supplied by @oakappledecor)

Emotive Spaces

If you want to dive head first into the maximalist trend, one of the best things you can do is create a ‘mood space’. Similar to a mood board, the idea is that you turn a small section into a smorgasbord of character and individuality. Ditch the common trends of function and purpose and create a space with a personality that bursts beyond its boundaries.

The image below is a beautiful example of a natural mood space, using woods and plants to create a fantasy getaway. Quirky trinkets add a splash of colour that helps this little slice of heaven transcend its space and create a focal point for the room.

Lots of plants around a black cat in a maximalist interior design

Brooklyn Glass Dome Pendant - 12 Inch, £109, by Industville (Image supplied by @alittlehomeinyorkshire)

Expressive Walls

We’re always huge fans of wall decorations, but this is arguably the most challenging part of interior design. What do you do with that vast slab of white? Finding a purpose for your walls is more important than ever before when it comes to maximalism, so make sure you put time into your verticals!

As with the maximalism trend in general, your wall decorations should be an extension of yourself. Therefore, the style of your wall will largely depend on what you want from your space. The wall design below is bursting with colour and evokes holiday vibes, while its clean lines pair with modern furniture to create a clean yet energetic space. 

A colourful living room with wall art and wooden seating

Brooklyn Glass Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by @where_wil_lives)

Maximalism is all about embracing the quirky, so why not do it with your walls, too? We love the wall ornaments in the image below, which pair beautifully against a natural-toned interior. 

An open-planned kitchen and living room with bright maximalist furniture

Orlando Cylinder Pendant - 3 Inch - Brass, £49, by Industville (Image supplied by @annas_attic_interiors_shop)

Monochrome Maximalism

One of the biggest worries that stop people from embracing maximalism is the idea that it requires heavy doses of bright colours. While vivid shades go hand-in-hand with bursting designs, maximalism is as much about shades as it is swatches.

When creating a monochrome maximalist interior, texture is king. The use of soft, hard and natural edges and materials will create that sense of depth and character that is synonymous with the maximalist style. We adore the interior below, with various woods, fabrics and our copper pendant used to engage the senses. 

A monochrome maximalist interior with wall art and textured furnishings

Old Factory Slotted Pendant - 15 Inch - Copper, £99, by Industville (Image supplied by @kylamagrathinteriors)

A monochrome design pairs wonderfully with touches of copper, helping to bring more energy to a space while keeping its cosy feel. The living room featured below is another example of how textures can be played off each other to create a busy space that retains subtle modernity. 

A maximalist interior with wall art and soft furniture

Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Pewter & Copper, £99, by Industville (Image supplied by @dreambound74)

Embrace Nature’s Chaos

One of the most popular trends right now is bringing the outside in and blurring that line between interior and exterior. The curling, rebellious lines of plants work wonderfully with the busy, individualistic style of maximalist interiors, making these two trends a perfect match.

Plants are a great way to add texture and dynamism to a space. Paired with furnishings like those below, they are a great way to add soft lines to a bust interior style. The subtle tones and shapes of our wall lights make the perfect finish to a naturally maximalist interior.

A green living room interior with plants and wall art

Brooklyn Cone Wall Light - 7 Inch - Brass, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by @Archer.t.j)

The great thing about using plants in your interior is their incredible versatility. Foliage can be used to add a soft, warm element to a cosy living room, but it can also add vibrancy to strong, metallic spaces.

We adore the contrasting elements in the maximalist bathroom below, with so many textures combining to create an eclectic space that is joyous for the senses.

A metallic bathroom with plants, large mirror and wall light by Industville

Brooklyn Outdoor & Bathroom Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch - Pewter & Brass, £139, by Industville (Image supplied by @annas_attic_interiors_shop)

All interior design should be about embracing individuality and filling a space with character. In that respect, there’s no better design choice than maximalism! This trend is all about letting your creativity stand out, and we can’t wait to see the unique interiors that people come up with!

For more maximalist inspiration, check out our Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages, where we post design ideas every day. If you have a maximalist interior to shout about, join the conversation using #Industville!

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