10 Signs You Might Be a Maximalist

10 Signs You Might Be a Maximalist

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Nancy Mitchell
Jun 27, 2014

"Less is more," said Mies van der Rohe. "Less is a bore," retorted Robert Venturi. Are you a minimalist, favoring clean lines and subdued colors? Or a maximalist, embracing intricate styles and bold colors and pattern upon pattern upon pattern? Here are 10 tell-tale signs you might fall into the latter camp.

Home of Jason Oliver Nixon, from New York Magazine.
(Image credit: New York Magazine)

1. Your favorite color is everything.

Spotted on Domaine Home.
(Image credit: Domaine Home)

2. You have a collection of collections.

Design by Madcap Cottage.
(Image credit: Madcap Cottage)

3. You've never met a pattern you didn't like.

Spotted in New York Magazine.
(Image credit: New York Magazine)

4. You see a white wall as a missed opportunity.

Interior from Lonny.
(Image credit: Lonny)

5. You went to Versailles once and thought it was a little underwhelming.

House & Garden via AD Design File.
(Image credit: Architectural Digest)

6. You worry less about whether things match than if they'll fit.

From Lonny.
(Image credit: Lonny)

7. You've ever added a disco ball to 'tone things down a bit'.

Ford Wheeler's home on The Selby.
(Image credit: The Selby)

8. You liked wallpaper before it was cool.

From Home Mtl.
(Image credit: Home Mtl)

9. Your grandma goes looking for new stuff in your attic.

Spotted on Domaine Home.
(Image credit: Domaine Home)

10. Elton John once called your place 'a little over the top'.

(Image credit: Aunt Peaches)

11. Color and pattern make you inexpicably happy, and you don't care who knows it.

With many thanks to Dabney for the inspiration.

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