These Maximalist Kitchens Aren't for the Faint of Heart, but We're Sold

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In the age of Marie Kondo, minimalism is a buzzword that just won't quit. And we get it! In fact, we love and appreciate minimalist style, be it in a living space, bedroom, or kitchen. But what about those of us who still invest in the whole "more is more" design philosophy? What if bold, maxed out decor is actually what sparks joy for you?

Well then, you're our kind of people. From mixing in an abundance of pattern (animal prints, plaid, botanical motifs, you name it!), to not shying away from bold hues and incorporating plenty of texture, nearly anything goes in maximalist style. And what better place to start than the center of your house: the kitchen?

So put on your most eclectic decorating hat, because we've scoured the internet for the best in maximalist kitchen style to help you bring the look into your home with ease.

1. Go bright with wall paint.

This color-loving maximalist kitchen exudes confidence and personality with bright blue walls and a blue ceiling. To recreate this look, keep your cabinet style simple and understated (words you may be surprised to hear!) to allow bold hues to stand out even more. The patchwork tile backsplash is an added bonus.

2. Break tradition with open cabinets.

This kitchen belonging to Kimberly of Swoon Worthy is the epitome of chic, maximalist style. The open cabinetry showcases a colorful, spotted pattern that adds loads of visual interest. In keeping the upper cabinets, countertop, and backsplash white, she allowed the wallpaper and dishware to take center stage, while the sleek, black lower cabinets punctuate the look.

3. Embrace a bold backsplash.

Color is the name of the game in this vibrant, maximalist kitchen by Swedish real estate agency Fastighetsbyråns Mäklare, featured on Decoholic. A bold green backsplash plays perfectly off of the sleek black cabinetry and bright yellow freestanding island. Styling tip: Tie in several different colors with leaning wall art on open shelves.

4. Opt for botanical details.

This maximalist kitchen by Lily Sawyer Interiors features botanical printed wallpaper, green cabinetry, and plenty of indoor plants to boot. To recreate this look, add in a few bold pops of red as the perfect balance to a darker green color palette.

5. Add retro flair with mixed patterns.

Retro is the name of the game in this delightfully inspiring maximalist kitchen designed by Ariel of PMQ for Two. To recreate this bright and colorful space, pair checkered floor tile with floral wallpaper for foolproof pattern mixing.

6. Jazz up rental cabinets with removable wallpaper.

If you're feeling stumped on how to makeover your rental kitchen with stunning style, look no further than Maisie Violet Rees's black and white cook space. By using removable animal print wallpaper on the cabinets and a black grout pen on her backsplash, Maisie was able to create the unique culinary headquarters of her dreams for just a few bucks!

7. Opt for a skirted kitchen cabinet solution.

Behold this drama-filled maximalist kitchen, designed by Anna Hayman. Opting for a skirted solution for the lower cabinets lends a feminine and slightly whimsical touch, while the moody color treatment and oversize art deco mirror elevates the entire room.

8. Go glam with a chandelier.

The team over at deVOL Kitchens nailed this maximalist cook space, thanks to vibrant pink cabinets and a crystal chandelier that feels totally "extra" (in the best way possible). Follow the lead of this striking design and pair yours with green walls and a green tile backsplash to complete the ultra-glam look.


Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.

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