Interior design is a form of self-expression, and everyone has their own unique style. However, two of the most prominent styles in interior design are minimalism and maximalism. These two styles are diametrically opposed. Artwork can be an essential component of interior design, and it can help to define the style of a room. However, it can be challenging to determine whether a piece of artwork is minimalist or maximalist.
Minimalism is a design style that emphasises simplicity, functionality, and the use of negative space. Minimalist interiors are characterised by clean lines, neutral colors, and a lack of clutter. The focus is on functionality, and the design is meant to be unassuming and understated.
Maximalism is the complete opposite of minimalism. It's a style that celebrates excess, abundance, and opulence. Maximalist interiors are characterized by bold colours, eclectic patterns, and a mix of textures. The focus is on creating an impact, and the design is meant to be eye-catching and memorable.
So which category does my artwork fit into?
Galleries often categorise artworks based on style to make it easier for collectors to find pieces that fit their taste. However, some artworks can fall into both the minimalist and maximalist categories and it can often be frustrating as an artist to have to just pick one. I tend to think the categorisation of my work into either minimalism or maximalism is largely dependent on its intended location and the general style of the space it will occupy. While many of my pieces may exhibit busy, energetic, and vibrant elements, typical of maximalism, the repetitive abstract mark-making might also make them a good fit for a minimalist interior.
Ultimately, many of my works can fit into both categories and could complement a range of interior design aesthetics. Whether you prefer a clean and simple look or an opulent and eclectic one, the key to choosing any artwork is to pick one that speaks to you. So, while it's always good to keep in mind the style of your home, make sure you choose a piece of art that you love and can enjoy every day.
Jennifer is a contemporary Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Know for her highly decorative paintings and unique paper weavings, she explores pattern and visual perception, often highlighting the beauty in the ordinary.