Can you really be minimalist and maximalist? This interior design trend says yes

Can you really be minimalist and maximalist? This interior design trend says yes

For a couple of decades now, the minimalist trend has take over our homes (and our Instagram feeds). Muted neutral tones, clean lines and open spaces.

But what if you love bright colours or dark moody shades? Or have a giant book collection and a host of treasured items that belonged to your Nan?

Enter the maximal minimalist trend. 

Maximal minimalism is exactly what it sounds like: a combination of the open spaces of minimalism mixed with the personality of maximalism. Think strong bold colours, mirrors, statement pieces and rich textured furnishings. All thoughtfully arranged in an organised and meaningful way.

Check out the trend coming to life in these listings:

2/47 Bellchambers Crescent, Banks


This three-bedroom, one-bath home is perfect for a first home buyer or retiree.

The current owners have maximised the relatively small spaces of the home in a thorough and well-executed way. Luxe drapes, plush carpets and opulent wallpaper all lend an air of elegance, while large mirrored wardrobes open up the space.


The home has a neutral base, allowing the new owners to style to taste. Outside is a private sanctuary filled with mature plants and roses, ready to relax and read a book.

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6/26 Disney Court, Belconnen


This one-bed, one-bath home has minimal space, but maximum personality. Feature tiles in the kitchen give the meals area a striking lift and exposed white brick walls provide the perfect palette for hanging all of your showpieces.


The distinctive tiles in the bathroom frame the sink with charming nature scenes. The current owners have proven that this space works best with statement rugs, bold colours and bountiful ornamental pieces.

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31 Werriwa Crescent, Isabella Plains


Earthy and modern hues, combined with decadent textured wall hangings, highlight this home's potential for personality. The use of lush leafy plants against the bold backgrounds creates a striking mellow ambience. Modern and masculine carpets and curtains are balanced by a light bathroom and kitchen.


Two large living spaces flow into a galley-style kitchen and are accentuated by a separate formal dining space for entertaining. Located right next door to St. Mary MacKillop College and central to all of Tuggeranong’s offerings. 

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25 Iwanoff Street, Taylor


Designed by STUDIO56, the attention to detail in this home is incredible.

The range of textures - from marble and rich timber to heavy leathers - are all offset by sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of the Brindabellas.


Tessellating tiles in the bathrooms create 'busyness' while the high lofty ceilings, including a 6m high entry space, are minimalist. The home has three (!) master bedrooms, all with walk-in robes and ensuites.

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135 Henry Kendall Street, Franklin


The colours in this home are everything. Subdued sunburnt tones throughout are complemented by sleek lines and modern finishes. Expansive glossy tiles take you from the entrance past two living areas and through to the chef's kitchen, featuring a waterfall stone benchtop and five burner gas cooktop.


Custom joinery throughout provides the perfect opportunity for the maximalist in you to display all of your prized possessions. Floating timber floors in the bedrooms would look magnificent with plush rugs and the large master suite has a walk-in robe and contemporary ensuite.

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