Whether you've seen them on TikTok or on Instagram, maximalist decor trends are continuing a centuries-old tradition of displaying the objects that show off your travels, express your personality and tastes, and bring you joy.
Leah Browning Frankl, founder and creative director of Lumber and Light, explains why maximalism is taking hold again now.
“Everyone has come through this difficult period of quiet, they're ready to celebrate with sumptuous, colorful interiors,” Frankl says. “People are becoming more fearless in their design choices because there are more options!”
To bring that fearless look into your own home and create a collection of curiosities and bold choices, here are fourteen maximalist home decor finds you can pick up, even on a minimalist budget.
Leah Browning Frankl is the founder and creative director of Lumber and Light.
World Menagerie Allardt Wool Beige/Black Rug
Throw this lively rug down anywhere from your bedside to layered overtop a jute rug, situated just so next to a sofa in a saturated color and accompanied by a delicate, metallic drink table. It’s the closest thing to putting art on your floor and the beige and black animal print functions as a bold neutral.
Wrought Studio Malachite In Green And Blue by Danielle Carson
There’s something about the rich swirls of emerald green that makes malachite the perfect finishing piece to any maximalist space. This canvas, available in a range of sizes, doesn’t even need a frame. Try a pair of vintage brass sconces flanking it for a dramatic look.
Society6 EXOTIC GARDEN - NIGHT XXI Serving Tray
This moody serving tray brings a dark maximalist aesthetic into your space. Whether you’re using it to serve drinks or building a tabletop vignette against its midnight florals, it feels reminiscent of your favorite gothic novel.
Anthropologie Ida Peacock Tieback
Your dramatic velvet drapes, perhaps in a dark ruby or hot pink, are begging for this ornate brass peacock tieback that looks like it was sourced from a back corner of a dusty antique shop. It has the collected look of maximalism, and only you have to know you picked it up brand new.
moonoom 2 Pcs Sliver Disco Ball Planter with Chain
Disco balls are having a maximalist moment, but why go with the standard disco ball when you can combine your love of overflowing greenery with the silver disco sparkle? These mini hanging planters are too fun to hang just one (luckily, they come in a pack of two).
Tstarer Pink Wave Vanity Mirror
This bubblegum pink wave mirror feels like it walked off a 1990s toy commercial and it gives a fun maximalist pop to your dresser, deck, or vanity. Its small size could also work in a gallery wall, surrounded by similarly colorful pieces.
Everything: A Maximalist Style Guide
If you’re going to invite maximalism into your home, then you should have the official coffee table book of the style. Designer Abigail Ahern walks you through how to find your version of maximalism and make it work within your own home.
Mercury Row Secor Abstract Cat Eye Glasses Metal Sculpture
Curiosities have been a favorite of maximalists for centuries and these cat eye glasses give off a dark, intellectual look. Place them atop a stack of books or keep them on your desk for a surprising moment of art.
Urban Outfitters Checkerboard Woven Shag Rag Rug
The kelly green and ivory checkerboard on this shag rug blend circus fun house with pop art. You could put this cotton blend rug in a space where it’s the one bold piece or, in a maximalist home, you’d layer it with funky, sculptural chairs in a bright velvet, add a few animal print accents, and embrace all the visual chaos.
Omiro Decorative Wall Mirror Vintage Oval Antique Gold
This ornate gold mirror looks like it may have been passed down for generations and its antique-inspired look is unexpected against a bright, graphic wallpaper. Pair it with modern furnishings and vibrant colors to keep it from looking too traditional.
Alcott Hill Buckwalter Floral Wallpaper
Maximalist design all starts with the walls, and this intricate, vintage-inspired wallpaper seems like something out of a William Morris dream. Imagine it with a collected, abundant gallery wall on top and a rich channeled velvet sofa in front of it.
Quoowiit White Resin Leopard Art Decorative Sculpture with Black Polka Dots Design
Have a spot on your bookshelf that needs some height and pattern? This resin leopard sculpture gives a graphic art look for an affordable price, and its black and white color scheme is a stark foil to a colorful maximalist space.
Anthropologie Henrik Pillow
The moody florals and lush rust-colored fringe on this accent pillow are at home in the bedroom or living room. Layer it with other dark florals of differing sizes and scale for a look that feels both eclectic and elegant.
Woodrose Framed Wall Art Collage Matisse
The vibrant, near-neon colors in these Henri Matisse posters, combined with their vintage museum look, feels like something you’d find in an eccentric New York City apartment. And that’s exactly what a maximalist space is trying to achieve.
SCMAIGU 6” David Statue Décor
A bust takes you right back to the maximalist origins, where collectors would display their collections of antiquities. Luckily, this one can be picked up for under $20 and he’s the perfect size to fit in a bookshelf or on your dresser.