Minimalism + Maximalism
I am dubbing myself a Minimal Maximalist. What am I talking about, you ask? Here’s the deal. I have dreams of creating a maximalist space à la Justina Blakeney + the Junglaow, but I am scared. Real scared. What if it is too much? What if it doesn’t translate? What if I just miss the mark completely? And does it reflect who I am as a designer? I wouldn’t say I’m a minimalist in any way, just more of a wimp. A design wimp. But I want to try. I want to step out of my comfort zone. This is a challenge, afer all! So, this will be my baby step into maximalism. And I am the only one who has to live with it (well, my daughter too, but apparently, she doesn’t care too much anyway: see design questionnaire.) At least I won’t have an angry clients, so that’s a positive.
Now, how do I plan to implement said maximalism in a minimalist way? Look on.
Maximalism: Bold Color
I’m pretty sure no explanation is needed…
Minimalism: Neutral Bedding
Boho bedding in neutral colors gives me less anxiety. I can dig this.
Maximalism: Bold Pattern
I love teal. Like, LOVE. Anything in shades of teal and turquoise float my boat. The white background and linear pattern vs. an all over banana leaf pattern (yes, I totally wimped out) give the space just enough wow without inciting a panic attack in me.
Minimalism: Simple Bed
I’ve been dying to use a actual bed with some style in my home. Mine is just old and blah and both my sons have a wall treatment instead. The simple lines and natural material make for an inconspicuous fixture that still makes a statement.
Maximalism: Texture + Pattern
Even if you are color shy, an array of prints + textures adds max interest. This complimentary color pallate is a safe bet for me, but go bold if you dare and mix it up with color. I just might surprise you here…wink, wink!
Minimalism + Maximalism: Macramé
Macrame by The Knot and Tile.
Beautifully knotted macrame and leaves by The Knot and Tile.
The scale and intricacy of a macramé or a woven wall hanging is definitely max. Use of neutral, calming colors doesn’t overpower the details, which is the beauty of this type of handiwork.
I will be creating a macramé. For my first time, ever. (Eek! I might be subconsciously manifesting a week-long stay at a “retreat” after these six weeks! A girl can dream, right?). And as bold and big as I am dreaming this macramé to be, I have chosen soft, neutral colors-just to keep safe.
Looking forward to seeing the progress? So am I! Next week see how the room is shaping up. My non-toxic wallpaper supplies and paint are on the way and I’m due for an Ikea trip. And the flea. Hmm, I better get on it! While you wait around for next week’s goods, check out the Featured and Guest Designers are doing over at One Room Challenge.
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