Ten maximalist interiors saturated with color and pattern

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Colliding colors, assertive furniture and mismatched patterns feature in this lookbook, which brings together 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 is encouraged.

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

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

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which is visually inspired by the Dezeen archives. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring brutalist interiors, walk-in closets and colorful living rooms.


The photo is by Benoit Linero

Hotel Les Deux Gares, France, by Luke Edward Hall

The contemporary polka dot green walls contrast sharply with the chintzy wallpaper and soft velvet sofas in the rooms at Hotel Les Deux Gares in Paris.

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

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Kitchen and dining room of Casa TEC 205 in Mexico
The photo is by Adrian Llaguno

Casa TEC 205, Mexico, by Moneo Brock

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

Inside, striking wallpapers are juxtaposed with geometric tiles and contrasting color walls, such as in the kitchen and dining room where a large floral mural takes center stage.

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Maximal interior of the Rookies optician in Munich
The photo is by Günther Egger

Rookies, Germany, by Stephanie Thatenhorst

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

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

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Interiors of Schiphol Airport VIP Center by Marcel Wanders

Lounge at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, by Marcel Wanders

The flamboyant halls of the Schiphol Airport lounge were all given a distinct look when they were refurbished by Marcel Wanders, a designer best known for his uninhibited maximalist style.

Among them is a lively seating area that references Amsterdam’s canal houses. Its finishes include wall panels resembling giant stained glass windows and a cartoonish lamp that mimics a street lamp.

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

Austin Proper Hotel and Residences, USA, by Kelly Wearstler

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler paired local art and textiles with unique vintage details when creating the eclectic interior of the Austin Proper Hotel and Residences.

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

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Annabel's Members Club Hallway by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Annabel’s, UK, by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

This dark hallway is part of London’s Annabel’s members’ club, which was recently refurbished by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to make visitors feel like they’ve been “transported somewhere else”.

As with the rest of the building, the hallway features clashing animal prints on all its surfaces and is dominated by a sculpture of a gorilla on a seat – just one of the whimsical features hidden within.

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Swimming pool area of ​​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 furniture.

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

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Maximalist bedroom inside Studio Job office

Studio Job office, Belgium, by Studio Job

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

Surrounded by an exposed concrete shell, it includes a central gallery space, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms – one of which contrasts paint-splattered walls with shark-patterned wallpaper, a carpet in maze shape and spaghetti print sheets.

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A round bar at Esme Hotel surrounded by stools
The photo is by Christian Harder

Hotel Esme, USA, by Jessica Schuster Design

In a redesign of the Esme Hotel boutique 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 surrounded by fringed stools and sculptural pendant lights, on a checkered floor and 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

Bold pops of primary color adorn every room in this 1960s Sydney home, 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 cobblestone floors inspired by aerial photographs of the surrounding terrain, which contrasts with white painted brick walls partially covered with a abstract wall painting.

Learn more about the Polychrome House ›

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which is visually inspired by the Dezeen archives. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring brutalist interiors, walk-in closets and colorful living rooms.

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