Maximalism In The Workplace: Creativity, Not Chaos

May 3, 2018

Minimalism as an interior design trend has picked up steam in recent years what with its popularity among millennials. Millennials are the largest demographic group in the U.S. with 70 million on the brink of dominating the future of the American real estate market.

Although minimalism has its positive factors, it was also seen as a way to correct the messier design tendencies of the 1990s. For that reason, maybe it’s not so surprising to finally see a push-back against minimalism as maximalism takes the stage.

But how would maximalism work in the case of office interior design? As it turns out, pretty easily.

Minimalism has long been the queen of interior design trends when it comes to the corporate world, but maximalism is finally pushing back.

Maximalism In The Workplace

When interior design companies talk maximalism, your first thought might be to panic internally. After all, the modern workplace should be clean and professional, not chaotic.

But it doesn’t have to mean chaos. According to Ruth-Anne McMillan of McMillan Interiors of Dublin, a maximalist space uses rich patterns, colors, mixed finishes, and layers while playing with scale and proportion in a way that isn’t afraid to be eclectic and fun.

Compared to minimalism, which reduces a space to the bare necessities with modern lines and patterns, maximalism is creativity set free. Studies have shown in the past that art in the workplace helps with employee productivity and creativity; it is its own art.

How Do Interior Design Companies Use It In The Workplace?

You might have a vague idea about how maximalism would be used in the comfort of your own home, but what about the workplace? Design companies might use the following methods in a corporate space:

    • Bold paint. One of the key characteristics of maximalist design is fun with the walls. Bold paint that differentiates between walls or even on the same wall helps to create a high impact look.
    • Extra space. Maximalism can be loud in the workplace, which is why it’s important to create room for employees to think by spreading it out with lots of space.
    • Go all out with plants. Plants are great in the workplace because of their air-filtering properties. They can also cater to the maximalist aesthetic by being placed strategically throughout the space.


Whether you prefer maximalism or minimalism, you’re sure to find professional interior design firms who are able to make your workplace dreams come to life. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Zoltan Design Co. today.

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