When TZR reached out to interior designers to get their maximalist decor brands for this story, they confirmed what everyone had seen firsthand. “Maximalism is alive and well!” Allison Wright, Jr., residential designer at Metal + Petal, says TZR. And while many simply attribute this to “COVID exit syndrome,” there’s also a simpler explanation for the recent adoption of the statement look. “The mix of patterns, shapes and colors allows her style (or styles) to really shine,” Wright says of her virtues.
Let’s face it, though: you probably don’t need convincing to join the maximalist movement. If you’re here, you’re probably already on board (or at the very least, curious) and ready to start splashing the cash on loud, colorful, and personality-packed pieces. The best place to start, then? Wallpaper, of course, says Mel Bean of Interiors Mel Bean. “That the classic icons of Schumacherunique designs of cole and sonor the exceptionally bold designs of flavor paperthe right wallcovering can give instant character to even the simplest of spaces,” she explains.
If you want to take things to the next level with your maximalist decorating, Bean says then you should layer patterned fabrics in the form of curtains or upholstery. “The trick is to have enough variation in the scale of the combined patterns, with an element of continuity, like a color, that is passed down with each selection. There’s so much room to express your creativity and a reflection of your own personality.
In other words, the options are endless for exploring maximalist style – and the same goes for brands that make maximalist pieces. You have the strategy to buy them; now find the ones worth your money, ahead.
At TZR, we only include products that have been independently selected by our editors. We may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.
According to Victoria Adesanmi, founder and director of Beauty workshops, maximalism is about taking risks in texture, color and print. “WalnutWallpaper does just that, allowing you to add texture to any room,” she says.
Adesanmi’s other go-to for a maximalist decor? “We can’t discuss this style without mentioning the queen of maximalism herself – Justina Blakeney,” she says. “[Her brand] Jungalow offers a variety of colorful decorations and furniture.
Ludlow and Veh
Alex Alonso from Mr. Alex TATE Design tells TZR that he had the pleasure of working with Ludlow and Veh on designing cushions for a project, and appreciates the brand’s eye for mixing patterns and textures. “Ludlow & Veh works with vintage-sourced fabrics to create cushions that take on new life,” he says. “I love his push for bold, whimsical design. The quality and craftsmanship are fantastic and his attention to detail is precise.
For Alonso, there is something “so granny, Victorian chic” in Hackney House. “I get lost in its patterns and prints,” he says. “It’s moody and layered and really adds a lot of depth to any design. It always creates an unexpected pop in any room.
Dominique Fluker, founder of a virtual boutique interior design company DBF interiorssays she is watching artist Kendra Dandy for funky and eclectic art. “His pieces embody so much color, texture, uniqueness and funky,” Fluker told TZR. “You can count on her to keep originality in her work, because no piece of art is the same!”
Wright considers interior a great retail source for bold prints and colors. “While the furniture selections are classic silhouettes and shapes, The Inside offers plenty of upholstery options,” she says. “Selecting matching wallpaper to go with your fabric choice is a striking maximalist move!”
Ngala Trading Co.
For “sigh-worthy and swoon-worthy lighting fixtures”, John McClain of Design by John McClain says you need to check Ngala Trading Co. “[Its selection runs] the gorgeous range from leather chandeliers to porcupine pendants,” he says. “Yes, you heard me right!” Then, while you’re “oohing and ahhing about the lighting,” McClain also recommends checking out the brand’s “amazing collection of chic patterned pillows.”
According to McClain, you should “prepare for sparkling design at ridiculously reasonable rates” when you visit. TOV. As the designer explains, the brand is particularly adept at casement pieces and “quirky and inventive” side chairs. “[Its] the whole collection and the slogan, “Don’t Be Boring”, truly embraces the sense of maximalism.
Brittany Farinas from house of one names several brands as sources for maximalist pieces, but for great finds in nearly every category, she heads to Peridor. It’s a “great platform that offers a variety of upholstery, storage furniture, lighting and accessories” in this particular style, she says.