Our mantra for 2019.

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More is, in fact, more.

Not that I've ever been one to shy away from minimalism, but I expect that 2019 might be the year we'll finally be able to answer that age-old question, "Just how much is too much?" It might be a bit of wishful thinking but I won't be surprised if everyone continues to riff on the maximalist trend that we started to see in 2018, pushing the envelope on what it means to leave restraint at the front door and let your inner bon vivant run wild. 

This means turning up the bold saturated hues while layering copious patterns and rich textures; drawing in sharp-lined pieces next to curved, organic shapes; and, curating spaces that reflect depth and personality. It means playfully mixing different eras and styles in a way that pays tribute to their individual histories and affects while also contrasting and reinterpreting them. And I do think playful is the key word here! For me, maximalist design should give you a taste of indulgence without making you feel like you're underdressed and overwhelmed. There's an artful balance to achieve (maybe somewhere between oh my god this complete dedication to minimalism is so stark that it's cutting my eyes and wait, is that where my weird great aunt lives?) and it can be difficult to hit all the right notes because, in the end, maximalism is all about forming a cohesive whole (like everything else in design, right?) while telling its story with seemingly disparate elements that are sometimes just chewing at the bit to compete with each other. 

So, how do we pin down the oh-so-tricky maximalist muse and make it meaningful for our homes? 

  • Choose a color palette or motif that will course through the space - unifying it so that when taken together, all of the contrasting bits and pieces are juxtaposed with suggestion and intention. A fool-proof way to achieve this is by drawing inspiration from a wallpaper print or piece of art.

  • Don't overdo it. There's a difference between evoking maximalism and falling into the underworld of clutterdom (it's a real place, trust me). Maximalism doesn't mean surrendering to an incomprehensible indulgence. If you're into clean, minimal tabletops, you can still go maximalist by incorporating a wider variety of finishes and textures. A grasscloth or mica wallpaper, for example, can do a lot of the heavy lifting as can the fabrics you select for your furnishings, drapery, and throws.

  • Embrace eclecticism and mix different eras and styles. For example, if you’re a midcentury modern loyalist, it doesn't mean you have to be monogamous. When curated consciously, multiple design styles play beautifully together, so try mixing contemporary pieces with plenty of vintage or layering some of your more modern decor choices with Hollywood regency influences.

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I'll leave you with this last thought. Think about starting a collection.  If I can sum up my 2019 design dreams in just a few words, I would say this: this is the year to start collecting the soulful pieces that speak to you and for you because that's what your home should do - don't you think?