Ten maximalist interiors that are saturated with color and pattern

Clashing colours, statement furnishings and mismatched patterns feature in this lookbook, which rounds up ten flamboyant interiors that embody the maximalist aesthetic.

Maximalism is a style of art and design that rejects the rules of minimalism. Instead, exuberance is celebrated and anarchic use of pattern, color and texture are encouraged.

to Claire Bingham, author of the book More is More, the style can be attributed according to the Memphis Group – the 1980s design and architecture collective known for their bold postmodern creations.

However, as demonstrated by this roundup, maximalism continues to make its mark today, as designers apply the aesthetics to the interiors of our homes as well as to public spaces.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing brutalist interiors, walk-in wardrobes and colourful living rooms.


Photo is by Benoit Linero

Hotel Les Deux Gares, France, by Luke Edward Hall

Contemporary pea-green walls stand in stark contrast to chintzy wallpaper and soft velvet sofas in the rooms of the Hotel Les Deux Gares in Paris.

According to its designer Luke Edward Hall, the aesthetic is intended to be “anti-modern” – harking back to a Paris of the past.

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Kitchen and dining room of Casa TEC 205 in Mexico
Photo is by Adrián Llaguno

Casa TEC 205, Mexico, by Moneo Brock

The bright-colored works of Mexican architect Luis Barragán informed the look of this maximalist-style home in Monterrey, designed by architecture studio Moneo Brock.

Inside, striking wallpaper prints are juxtaposed with geometric tiling and colour-blocked walls, such as in the kitchen and dining room where a large floral mural takes center stage.

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Maximalist interior of Rookies optician in Munich
Photo is by Günther Egger

Rookies, Germany, by Stephanie Thatenhorst

Designer Stephanie Thatenhorst challenged the conventional look of healthcare facilities when designing this kid-friendly optician in Munich.

Intended as a “noisy, wild and unique paradise for children”, it marries a bright blue carpet with geometric wall tiles, U-shaped neon lights and display areas covered in apricot-colored fabric.

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Interiors of VIP center at Schiphol airport by Marcel Wanders

Schiphol airport lounge, Netherlands, by Marcel Wanders

The flamboyant rooms of the Schiphol airport lounge were all given a distinct look when renovated by Marcel Wanders, a creative best known for his uninhibited maximalist style.

Among them is an animated seating area that references canal houses in Amsterdam. Its finishes include wall panels resembling giant stained-glass windows and a cartoonish lamp that mimics a street light.

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Goldie's Sunken Bar at Austin Proper Hotel and Residences by Kelly Wearstler
Photo is by The Ingalls

Austin Proper Hotel and Residences, USA, by Kelly Wearstler

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler teamed local art and textiles with one-off vintage details when creating the eclectic interior for Austin Proper Hotel and Residences.

This includes the hotel’s drinking establishment, which occupies a room with high ceilings covered in decorative wallpaper. Below, a cobalt blue-painted bar sits against low stuffed armchairs, chunky wooden tables and stone plinths.

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Hallway of members' club Annabel's by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Annabel’s, UK, by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

This dim hallway features in London members’ club Annabel’s, which was recently overhauled by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to make visitors feel as though they have been “transported somewhere else”.

Similarly to the rest of the building, the corridor features clashing animal prints across all its surfaces and is overlooked by a sculpture of a gorilla on a seat – just one of the fanciful features hidden inside.

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Pool area at the Mondrian hotel in Qatar

Mondrian hotel, Qatar, by Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders also applied his signature maximalist style to the interior of the Mondrian hotel in Doha, which is filled with mismatched patterns and oversized furnishings.

Among its standout spaces is the swimming pool on the 27th floor. Crowned by a floral-patterned stained-glass dome, it features bulbous white seating, a tactile grass-like bridge and monochrome tiling.

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Maximalist bedroom inside the Studio Job office

Studio Job office, Belgium, by Studio Job

Studio Jobs’ founder Job Smeet describes his maximal self-designed home and office in Antwerp as being “like a visual assault”.

Encased by an exposed concrete shell, it comprises a central gallery space, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms – one of which contains paint-splattered walls with shark-patterned wallpaper, a maze-like rug and spaghetti-print bed sheets.

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A round bar at Esme Hotel with stools around it
Photo is by Christian Harder

Esme Hotel, USA, by Jessica Schuster Design

In an overhaul of the boutique Esme Hotel in Miami, New York studio Jessica Schuster Design opted for saturated tones and sculptural furnishings to “create an artful collage of bohemian grandeur”.

Among its decadent spaces is a mahogany cocktail bar that is encircled by fringed stools and sculptural pendant lighting, set against a checkered floor and a wooden ceiling.

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Living room of Polychrome House by Amber Road
Photo is by Prue Ruscoe with styling by Alicia Sciberras

Polychrome House, Australia, by Amber Road and Lymesmith

Pops of bright primary colors feature in every room of this 1960s house in Sydney, which was recently renovated by studio Amber Road and color consultant Lymesmith.

When extending the ground floor, the team introduced an open-plan living space with graphic paved floors modeled on aerial photographs of the surrounding terrain, which contrasts with white-painted brick walls that are partly covered by an abstract mural.

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This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing brutalist interiors, walk-in wardrobes and colourful living rooms.

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