Elegant simplicity is the code to the zen decor philosophy; minimalism. The notion of minimalism is originated from the traditional Japanese zen interiors united with minimalism to design a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere for living, where it can initiate with the peace of mind we all hope to acquire. Adapting geometry and monochromatic colour schemes such as solid black and white imply the relinquishment of materialism we appear to hold onto. The design is to spiritualise the humankind to further their admiration of the essential things of living as more people are admiring the interconnection between human and nature. The sole purpose of a minimalistic design is to clear the mind and soul of all negative emotions for a more peaceful and harmonious atmosphere (Minimalisti.com, 2017).
The merge of layered patterns, bold colours, oversized and sculptural shapes, objects and artwork are the foundation of maximalist interiors. A maximalist designer’s only limit is his/her imagination. A famous designer known for her inimitable style and her “bigger is better” motto, Kelly Wearstler’s an international inspiration to all those with an eye for artful clutter (Mather, L, 2017). “There is a joy in designing a space without limitations and restrictions, where excess is encouraged and unlikely pairings create beautiful and unexpected harmonies.” —Kelly Wearstler. The celebration of different objects coming together give life to any interior space that has no limits as to minimalism or traditional designs. A maximalist room allows space for self expression and that’s what a good design is all about (The Style Guide, 2017).
KELLY WEARSTLER- Signature interior design
There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a minimalism or maximalism design. It’s all a matter of personal taste and preference. Therefore, if a person believes that their home or workplace should reflect peace and harmony, then a minimalistic design is the way to go. But if you believe in confidence and self expression, a maximalist place suits you best!
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