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Minimalism vs. Maximalism: What You Need to Know

In 2017, minimalism was a hot topic. And now, two months into 2018, the word “maximalism” is becoming more present in the interior design world. In an ever-changing industry, we understand that it can be difficult to keep up! So we’re here to fill you in on the two trends and you can decide which is the best fit for your design projects.

Minimalism: Less is More

In a nutshell, less is more for minimalism. Minimalism is about simplicity. In interior and commercial design, this can be applied to a building’s structure, material overlay, decor, and furniture. The clean lines, neutral and soft color palettes, and the opening of spaces often associated with minimalism reflect some of the movement’s core values. The tone of minimalism intends to evoke actions of peace. Think of slowing down, breathing deeply, and practicing gratitude. Spas and hospitals can benefit from the tranquility that minimalism can inspire. Minimalism can also function well in small, or boutique-style retail stores because it promotes organization and space optimization. A minimalist interior design can offer a great pairing for offices or stores that concentrate their branding efforts on innovation or modernism. Apple stores use minimalism to present a sleek and modern style, which echoes many of their product designs.

Minimalism Cafe Design - Arclin TFL

Maximalism: Go Big or Go Home

As you may have guessed, maximalism tugs at the opposite end of the spectrum from that of minimalism. Maximalism combines different textures, colors, and patterns to explore the potential of a room or building. It supports variety and excessiveness, and gives designers permission to find balance from diversity to make everything blend together in perfect harmony for one eclectic design. This trend can benefit a retail store by leaving room to showcase a unique and attractive brand through decorative choices. Maximalism can also work well for cutting-edge fashion retailers that want to reflect creativity in the design of their stores. Maximalism may also be the perfect fit for cafes or restaurants that want to uphold a quirky and unique spirit in their presentation.

Maximalism - Arclin TFL

The Winner?

Is there a correct choice when it comes to which side of the fence you’re on in the minimalism vs. maximalism debate? The truth is that there are benefits to adopting either trend. It all comes down to the identity of the business and which trend mimics its personality and brand best. If you find yourself somewhere in the middle, great! Commercial and interior design are about artistry, functionality, and making the right mark on a space. Whatever your vision, know that Arclin is on your side. Our decorative overlays for TFL can complement a simplistic and open office space or a piquant hotel or retail store. Explore our TFL collections to discover which laminate best fits your vision here.

Mighty Minimalism

It is safe to say that we’ve been noticing that design appreciation is going up for toning it down!

As highlighted in the 2015 film, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (check out the trailer below) many people have been adapting minimalistic values and designers are responding. And while we have seen this trend in residential spaces for some time, retail stores are now getting on board. Stores like Apple, Nike, and Fossil have embraced minimalist designs in their spaces that consumers love and that elegantly put their products on display.   

Here are some ways that retail stores are adopting minimalist designs.

Design over Decor

When embracing minimalism, design always trumps decorations and unnecessary clutter. This strategic design allows the products to be the center of attention. Gone is clutter, brash neon signs, and fussy displays. This way, customers are drawn directly to the product instead of distracted by decor. Retail stores that lean toward minimalism tend to feel more spacious than a fully decorated shop and allows a more free atmosphere for the customer — a plus for spaces with small square footage.

Who’s On Board?

McDonald New ConceptsEveryone. From stylish Brooklyn-based Home of the Brave to international behemoth, McDonald’s, minimalism is on display everywhere. In fact, McDonald’s is experimenting with six different concepts, some which look like they have been pulled straight from an Ikea catalog.

Elegance in the Room

There is a certain elegance that comes with the minimalism trend. Neutral tones and organized spaces are captivating and can never go out of style. This trend evokes feelings of happiness and peace, which will keep customers returning again and again. Remember, for many people, shopping or entering a retail space is an escape from reality, a chance to fantasize, and indulge. 

Creating the Space

TFL can provide a wide range of styles that complement a minimalist look.  Our cost-effective TFL palettes cover all bases when it comes to retail design, from neutrals to textures, wood to abstracts. Free design samples are available so just search our gallery for styles you think may fit your next project. If you have questions about any of our overlays, reach out to us here – we are happy to help.