Trend Alert: Maximalist Wallpaper
Maximalist style arose as a reaction to the neutral austerity of minimalism. Instead of muted colors and a simplified aesthetic, designers began to embrace bold prints, rich colors, and bright patterns. Maximalist interiors layer design elements in a tasteful but daring way. Be strategic, but don’t be afraid to play with color, pattern, and print. You might be surprised to find that seemingly different décor elements can work together to create a creative and cohesive effect.
Now that we’ve established what maximalism is, let’s tackle “What is maximalist wallpaper?” Walls are a great blank canvas to utilize in a maximalist design scheme. Discover creative ways to juxtapose patterned walls or statement murals with upholstery, throw pillows, wall art, and more. Maximalist wall murals often take the form of bold feature walls with floor-to-ceiling designs—think the bold graphics of pop art murals or the lively colors of abstract wallpaper murals.
The first thing to consider when planning your maximalist home décor is what you like. This is an opportunity for you to express your interests, tastes, and influences. Whether you’re after a maxed out floral mural or a dynamic and large-scale geometric pattern wallpaper, part of the fun is expressing yourself through the décor that you choose.
A style that goes hand-in-hand with maximalism is Hollywood Regency. The hallmarks of these designs are an opulent mix of bright colors with metallic, glass, and stone accents, with the final effect being both luxe and comfortable. Blogger Mallory from Classy Clutter pulled out all the stops for her DIY garage-to-studio remodel. She chose our Pink Flowers mural wallpaper by designer and artist Bari J. for a real wow-factor in this creative space. We love how the abstract floral mural contrasts and compliments the gold finish of the lights and side tables while also playing off of her leopard print throw pillows. She loves the look too, writing, “I spend quite a bit of time in this space and I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. The mural is just everything!” To read more about her transformation process, check out our Classy Clutter blog post.
Another shoo-in for the maximalist treatment is coastal interior designs. Nothing says fun-in-the-sun quite like the bright pastel tones of an 80’s Memphis style mural or a vibrant abstract beach painting. Interior designer with Florida-based Design M.D. Stephanie Hollis selected our Florida wallpaper mural for her client’s bathroom. Stephanie says, “This 'Florida Beach' mural was perfect for my client's seating area in her queen bath and accented the bright and fun coastal vibe of this oceanfront home.”
Social spaces like living rooms are a great place to show off your maximalist style. Can’t find a mural design that matches your maximalist living room or other space? Create your own! Artist Nancy Talero from Red Tile Roof Studio designed this custom geometric mural for a client. She writes, “I [created this] custom mural design and wall art for a more visually integrated and dynamic space. The pattern on the mural is borrowed from the pattern on the rug, and it brings contrast to a bright space.” You can also explore our customization options to see our full range of in house design services, including a fully staffed graphics team.
Maximalist floral wallpaper and geometric patterns aren’t the only options. Customer Sierra K. found the bright and colorful Blocks in a Row mural wallpaper by artist Alisa Workman for this home office revamp. Bold and blocky abstract murals might not be for everyone, but cleaver color-matching and pattern contrasting can stoke your artistic flames in a space dedicated to creative thinking and out of the box solutions.
The versatility of maximalism makes it easy to introduce to any space. From energetic dining rooms to eclectic kitchens, find new ways to bring a fresh pop of color to your home.
- Energize a bedroom with a decadently textured floral mural by artist Carrie Schmitt like the rich dark blues and pretty pinks of the Blue Garden wallpaper mural.
- Introduce a bold mod maximalism to your kitchen with a graphic art wall mural like artist Greg Mably’s orange and black Angles #3 wallpaper mural.
- Scale up one of our kid-friendly repeatable pattern wallpaper murals to create a bold and busy play space that reflects the hectic creativity of your kid’s imagination.
Do you have an idea for a project you want to discuss? Perhaps you’re curious about pricing. You can contact us or call us at 888.558.0279 to speak with an Account Manager about your next maximalist mural.