Get the look: Maximilsim

Maximalism is based on the belief that more really is more, and that the layering of different textures, finishes, colours and patterns can create an environment that is lavish and comforting, rather than busy and cluttered. The secret to perfecting a maximalist scheme is to ensure that each and every addition is contributing something to the look, rather than simply being included to add more content to the room.


Maximalism can take on any flavour you like, depending on your own personal preference. If your dream aesthetic has a traditional vibe, choose ornate wallpapers in trompe l’oeil designs, as demonstrated in the breath-taking Seville collection by Cole & Son. If you prefer a more modern take on the look, a mixture of geometrics can be used to cover adjacent walls – pair a small, busy print like Thibaut’s Aedan with a statement block motif like Cole & Son’s Hicks’ Grand. Framing traditional prints and paintings in gilded or baroque style frames and hanging them against a loud print will really make a statement.

'For a maximalist scheme that is breath-taking, rather than confusing, aim to create fullness and variety by using textures and patterns that you have a natural affinity for. This will result in a space where your personality shines through.'

Jane Clayton Style Team

Fabric and textiles are also important for this look – have some fun with mismatched upholstery in fabrics that you love, or choose a whole complement of different, clashing prints to turn into made to measure cushions for your bed or sofa. With this look, there’s no such thing as ‘over the top’, meaning that there are limitless possibilities for what you could achieve in your interior.

Shop the look: Maximilism

Discover the perfect designs for your maximalist interior.
Oz Wallpaper by Andrew Martin 91
Magnolia Wallpaper by GP & J Baker 2
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Tile Fabric by Cole & Son Soot/Snow
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Oiseau Fleur Fabric by Christian Lacroix Bourgeon
Oiseau Fleur
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Peonia Grande Fabric by Designers Guild Zinc
Peonia Grande
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Nazca Wallpaper by MissPrint Atacama
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Waiting For Eve Wallpaper by Elitis 1
Waiting For Eve
Follies Wallpaper by Osborne & Little 1
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Ventura Wallpaper by Matthew Williamson 3
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Bittersweet Wallpaper by Mind The Gap 29
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Century Elements Wallpaper by Mind The Gap 31
Century Elements
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Yokohama Fabric by Missoni Home Multicolour
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