10 Signs You Might Be a Maximalist

updated Oct 16, 2022
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“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.

1. Your favorite color is everything.

2. You have a collection of collections.

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

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

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

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

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

8. You liked wallpaper before it was cool.

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

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

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

11. Color and pattern make you inexplicably happy, and you don’t care who knows it.

With many thanks to Dabney for the inspiration.

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