I've been happy to see some of my fellow bloggers jumping on board the maximalist trend these days. Coming from the past few years of blogs featuring so much Scandinavian Design, it's refreshing to see some rooms that really push the limits! While it may not always be liveable (or achievable!) for many of us, I am always the most impressed by rooms that can really layer up the print and pattern. And this one is no exception!
I've been hanging on to this maximalist living room for a while now, waiting for just the right time to share it. With its animal prints, pleated lampshades, opulent wallpaper, and overall luxurious style, this space is so very right now.
You may not believe me now (it seems like it always takes a year or two for these trends to really kick in) but all of the items I listed above are definitely on their way back. But just like all trends, we can only hope that they are done better the second (or 3rd or 4th!) time around. Opulence doesn't necessarily mean gaudy. In this revival, I think it means taking a cue from the rich tapestries, pattern and traditions of other cultures. The wallpaper in this room does this beautifully.
As for animal print, well, I hope that we would all agree that it never really goes out of style, but it seems that leopard and cheetah especially are making their return to the interiors world.
This look is a return to granny chic - a term we've been hearing more of and one I'll address in another post soon - and I hope it's growing out of the need for the generation of plant-and-macrame filled boho style dwellers to mature and evolve into something new. While the many East Coast or even Southern traditionalists who have been clinging to this style for years can rejoice that it's come full circle.
What I love most about it, is the mix of eras and cultures. What I don't love about it is the formality that it can bring with it. I don't appreciate a room that feels stuffy overdone, and so - sadly - I doubt I'll ever live in a room like this one. But that doesn't stop me from appreciating it, and it certainly shouldn't stop you!
My favorite feature is the painting in the middle of it all that feels straight out of the 90's. It almost feels like it could have been plucked from a bargain bin of posters and placed in this luxe space. And that makes me love it.
The way I have always approached design is to take what I love and make it my own. I have always loved wallpaper. I have always loved pleated lampshades. I have always loved animal print. And I have always loved an interior that mixes eras and cultures. Does this space do it exactly how I would do it? No. But does it provide a ton of inspiration? Heck yes! What elements could you take from this room and make your own??