Maximalist Wall Décor: Bold Ideas and Designs for Your Home

Introduction to Maximalist Wall Décor

The year was 2019, families everywhere were opening cluttered closets picking up every piece of clothing, knickknack, souvenir and holiday décor asking themselves if it sparked joy. While this concept was introduced to the masses from the Netflix documentary, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, it also sparked a resurgence of minimalism in design. People wanted a home clear from “clutter”. However, a year later the world shut down and working from home became the norm for a large group of people. Things that “sparked joy” before became ordinary and a new trend began to emerge. People no longer wanted to stare at bare white neutral walls, they wanted MORE. Thus began a resurgence of an interior design style that has roots dating all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Maximalism design, especially maximalist wall décor is all about the concept that “more is more”.

Maximalist Wall Décor Origins

The roots of Maximalism can be traced back to various art and design movements in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is inspired by the ornate styles of the Baroque and Rococo periods. During this time, interiors were richly decorated with intricate patterns, luxurious fabrics and decorative elements. As we moved through time, Pop Art movements in the 60s and 70s through artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, introduced bold colors, striking patterns and an embrace of eclecticism. Maximalist décor style is typically associated with bold colored walls, rich hued furniture and grandiose wall fixtures. Maximalist Wall Décor is the easiest way to introduce the design style into your space.

Image Description: A vibrant and eclectic wall gallery featuring a mix of framed art, photos, and decorative objects in various sizes and styles.

Creating a Maximalist Wall Decor: Tips and Ideas

Changing paint colors or buying new furniture may not be in the budget or possible for everyone. If you live in an apartment or on a fixed income but are looking to begin to transform your space into a maximalist dream, maximalist wall décor is for you. Maximalism is not about stockpiles of stuff, but rather embracing excess through curated, intentional choices. The objects need to be meaningful to the individuals who live within space. We’re here to help provide you with tips on how to accomplish this!

Frame USA Frames part of a Maximalist wall decor gallery wall

Find Your Theme

The first step to the wall gallery of your dreams is to decide what you would like on your walls. The easiest way to do this is to choose a theme for your gallery wall. Themes such as family memorabilia, travel mementos or a specific subject matter are great places to start. This will allow you to have a starting point when it comes to gathering the artwork, photographs and other hanging pieces.  This theme is to help guide you on the selection journey not to serve as strict guidelines. If your theme is travel, start with photographs of your own travel, with vintage travel posters, paintings of far-off places or souvenirs. From there you can select other art that match in pattern or color to create an eclectic look.

Choosing the Right Frames

Once you have selected your theme and chosen the pieces for your gallery wall it’s time for the maximalist magic to happen. The frames and mats will help further the maximalist look of your wall décor. Focus on bold colors of mats and ornate and unique picture frames. For a more personal touch choose one of our unfinished frames and turn it into a decorative picture frame by extending the art piece onto the frame. Choose frames with different textures and widths. Add layers to your pieces using multiple mats and decorative corner cuts. Consider purchasing one of our custom frame shells to go around 3-D elements to further add to the maximalism. We offer a wide variety of sizes, styles, colors and options that will make it easy to create your maximalist wall décor.  

Incorporating Decorative Elements

While frames are our specialty, we have the design knowledge to know that sometimes a framed art isn’t always going to cut it. For a maximalist esthetic, adding decorative elements such as sculptures, mirrors, clocks and more are crucial. We recommend shopping at local thrift and antique stores and markets and finding these pieces and giving them a new life. Maximalism at its core is bold interior design and personal expression. Incorporating shelves of tchotchkes, favorite books, family heirlooms and other mementos within your gallery wall, makes the design personal and thus turns it into an expression of oneself. Personal expression and memories are what makes maximalism so inviting and popular.

Embracing Maximalism in Your Home

Maximalist Wall Decor, but on the Ceiling!

This design trend is about being bold and embracing your personality. It makes it a style that is easy to accomplish and easily adaptable. If you aren’t quite ready for that jewel toned couch and funky patterned rug, consider incorporating some maximalist design elements within your next wall décor. Your perfect maximalist wall décor is one click away, browse and embrace the magic.  

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Brooke Sanders
Brooke Sanders

Frame USA's Marketing Manager, Dog Mom, Lover of all things Carbs.

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