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20th Feb 2018

Design Dilemmas; Minimalism vs. Maximalism

Explored many times as an ongoing debate between top designers, do you believe less is more, or more is more?  

We have explored a couple of popular kitchens as featured on some of our favourite blogs to showcase these two iconic styles of interior design. Fighting the minimalist corner is this stunning kitchen from London architect Larrissa Johnston. "The restrained nature of the material palette is designed to compliment the simplicity of the spaces," said the architect, "The aesthetic of the upper floor is also minimalist, with dark timber floors, white walls and simple white built-in joinery. Ceiling heights are generous and light floods in through the tall windows." As featured on Dezeen. We love the bold choice of materials here, combining the broad use of plywood throughout the town house alongside a stainless steel worktop and splash back makes for a striking and bold kitchen despite the simple clean lines. 

Flying the flag for maximalism we have chosen this stunning botanical inspired kitchen from one of our favourite interiors blog, the jungalow. Justina Blakeney, the founder and creative behind the jungalow, is a designer, artist and author who believes that creativity is the key to having an amazing home. Jungalow is a home, design studio, blog, and brand that celebrates color, pattern and plants. This kitchen, overflowing with plants and natural textures (the jungalow trademark), features white worktops, bright green tiled splash back, shaker style cabinets and natural timber open shelving. We adore the copper and green floor tiles that all work together in perfect harmony, for some serious in your face design inspiration.  

Architectual Digest ran their own article on this hot design debate citing quotes from a number of different designers in support of their favoured style. “There is a joy in designing a space without limitations and restrictions, where excess is encouraged and unlikely pairings create beautiful and unexpected harmonies.” Kelly Wearstler. “Minimalism allows beautiful objects to be seen in their most sculptural and pure form whether they are modern or antique. What is essential, though, is that a space be comfortable and warm—a chair should have a lamp nearby for good light for reading, and sitting areas should be conducive to good conversation.” /react-text —Lucien Rees Roberts of Rees Roberts + Partners. 

Whatever your individual taste, we believe there are no right or wrong answers. There is beauty in both the thoughtful and carefully arranged minimalist space just as much in the way in which you can play with textures, colour in a maximalist one, and chances are your personal taste falls somewhere in the middle. Our kitchen designers help guide you through the design process with no preconceived ideas from the initial design brief right through to the final day on site, making sure your individual kitchen is designed around your individual taste and lifestyle, whatever that may be. 



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