Bored with white minimalist interiors? This weekend in The Wall Street Journal, there is an article about Mad Maximalism and Over-the-Top-Notch Decor, featuring a Marks & Frantz designed Family Room. As many of our readers already know, we have a crazy obsession with pattern and color! Sure, we have done neutral rooms for many clients; but rich, lush color combinations and layered rooms make us breathless! The challenge of creating complex interiors that delight the senses at every glance, while appearing effortless, is not an easy task. For this family room, our client said “more is more, bring it on!”
Maximalism, here’s how to pull it off!
This family room is a classic example of a true maximalist interior! Martina Mondador Sartogo, editor of Cabana Magazine, lists 10 key elements that help to bring maximalism to the mainstream. Below are a few more images of the room to illustrate this aesthetic. Here are some of our favorite rules, a “cheat sheet” for the controlled chaos that is maximalism:
Pass on Pastels – you may want to throw in a neutral for a visual rest, but think big
Embellish the walls – paint, wallpaper, love it all
Look down (and up,) ceilings and floors are super important
Seek out the unique
Provoke with pattern, mix scale and pattern type for full effect
Be patient, ruminate and cultivate
Goodbye to bland and boring…
In a world where Restoration Hardware is democratizing design, maximalism is a feast for the eyes. It calls for individuality and personality. It reflects the mind of a collector, the wanderlust of a traveler and the heart of a dreamer. In a time of uncertainty, maximalism is a breath of fresh air.
Comfort is key
Another key attribute to a maximalist interior is the desire to walk in and stay a while. The room must be comfortable and inviting. It should evoke the desire to curl up in a corner with a book and sip bourbon with your besties. It should harken back to a time before cell phones, encourage family time and play time.
We are so honored to be in the company of other maximalist “experts” Kati Curtis Design, Alexa Hampton and Michelle Nussbaumer. Thank you again Wall Street Journal and @WSJlife!
Some of our favorite partners in pulling off our luxurious interiors and in creating this spectacular family room:
Edward Ferrell – Lewis Mittman for all custom upholstery designed by Marks & Frantz, and to purchase the sofa and swivel chairs shown above. All fabrics in the rooms are from Dedar. Antiques were procured from our most beloved secret sources: JD Oriental Rugs, High Style Deco, , Area ID and Newel Gallery.
Many of our secret sources for custom games are as follows:
Alexandra Llewelyn for the portable backgammon table with inlaid stones and exotic hardwoods.
John Lyle for exquisite game table made from shagreen and ivory. for chess and checkers
Custom-sized shuffleboard table from Venture Shuffleboard, because everyone should own one!
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Lydia Marks & Lisa Frantz