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Minimalism has received considerable attention for its mental health benefits and effective aesthetics, but it is important to recognize that the principles of minimalism (such as simplicity and functionality) may not resonate universally.
At a time when many of us spend a lot of time in the confines of our homes, our minds can crave the stimulation of patterns, textures and colors – a touch of the extraordinary. This is where a maximalist lifestyle finds its place, offering an alternative to the simplicity of minimalism.
A recent trend known as “cluttercore” has also emerged to support this lifestyle, which promotes the idea of decorating your living space with expensive objects, regardless of whether they match the style or theme. It seeks to create a sense of unbridled joy by filling your space with a rich array of objects, adding a layer of personality, sentimentality and emotional connection to the already bold and evocative approach of maximalism.
While a maximalist lifestyle may seem daunting or overwhelming at first, the practice has psychological benefits. Here are two reasons why you should consider trying the maximalist lifestyle.
1. Clutter makes a home feel “homey”.
While minimalism holds that a clean, calm, and functional environment creates an ideal living space, maximalism argues that clutter can make a home feel lived-in, warm, and inviting.
Maximalist interiors embrace the idea that every object in a room tells a story and contributes to the overall atmosphere. It reflects the lives of the people who live there, their experiences and passions. This creates a sense of coziness and comfort that can be missing in a minimalist environment and reminds us that there is beauty in controlled chaos.
Jennifer Howard, Author Clutter: untidy history, suggests that individuals are increasingly adopting maximalism as a strategy for self-gratification. IN BBC In the article, he explains that people seek a sense of safety, comfort, and protection in their homes, and view possessions as a tangible means of creating a cocoon-like environment.
In the research of “domesticity” we find echoes of the sentiment of comfort and disorder. According to the interview-based study, this was achieved by creating a series of concentric layers of items. For example, the outermost layer of features could consist of a white picket fence and wisteria on the exterior walls, transitioning to interior features such as wallpaper, pictures, bookshelves along the walls, and furniture arranged in circular formations. These layers can then be enhanced with decorations and textures that create both symbolic entry points and cozy spaces.
Domesticity is essentially the overall feeling of comfort, coziness and familiarity that a home provides to its residents, including an emotional and psychological sense of belonging and safety within one’s own living space.
2. Creative freedom leads to better mental well-being
One of the most liberating aspects of maximalism is the freedom it offers for creative expression. This lifestyle allows you to boldly experiment with colors, patterns and textures without worrying about breaking any design rules.
Maximalist interiors serve as a blank canvas for your imagination, where you can combine different elements to create a distinctive and visually stimulating environment. Whether you lean towards bright and bold hues or prefer a more subtle and eclectic aesthetic, maximalism gives you the freedom to explore and fully express your creativity.
Psychologically, this creative freedom can create a sense of liberation and reduce stress. It can allow you to break free from the constraints of traditional norms and venture into new perspectives and lifestyles. In support of this notion, a 2011 study found that individuals participating in creative activities experienced substantial improvements in their mental health.
In other words, the opportunity for creative expression through maximalism is not only aesthetically rewarding, but also psychologically rewarding. Creative outlets serve as a therapeutic means to relax, relieve stress, and derive joy from the process of creating your living space.
While minimalism continues to be a valuable lifestyle choice for many, maximalism offers a refreshing alternative that resonates with those seeking a more vibrant, personalized and expressive living space. If you’ve ever felt restricted by minimalism or longed for a home that reflects your authentic self, exploring a maximalist lifestyle can be a creative and liberating change to your living space needs.
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