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Why Being a Maximalist is the Hill I Will Die On

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Lasell chapter.

There are countless decoration trends and styles, but maximalism will forever be my favorite. Vogue defines maximalism as, “…the art of more-is-more; layered patterning, highly saturated colors, ample accessories and art (likely hung “salon style”), and a real sense of playfulness and bold gestures.” There is often a misconception that maximalism is just a fancy word for “hoarding,” but it is actually about vibrant patterns and displaying all your favorite objects. Maximalism is the best way for me to showcase who I am. I am a colorful, eclectic person, and my space reflects that. 

I have always thought that a person should be able to decipher elements of my personality the minute they enter my room. I love being surrounded by things that bring joy into my life -birthday cards from my grandparents, photos of my friends and me, or quotes from my favorite books. I like having a visual representation of the people I love and my hobbies. Even at college, I have kept this little tradition of mine going. I have cards my family members have sent me taped to my wall, and I proudly display birthday cards I received from students at my teaching placement on my closet doors. The art prints above my bed represent my two black cats. I ensured my home away from home was full of love and joy. 

Not to mention, I never say no to a bright color or bold pattern. My bedroom walls have either been bubblegum pink or turquoise blue, covered in posters and pictures. Growing up, I almost always had a quilt on my bed that my Nana had handmade. I got to accompany her to the fabric store to pick out the fabrics I wanted, and I cherish that time with her. I even asked her to make me a quilt for my dorm bed, and she happily obliged. That beautiful quilt now sits proudly on my bed and reminds me of home.

True to the maximalist style, I decorate my space with the various trinkets I have accumulated over the years. Due to my lack of a green thumb, I am fond of fake plants and have several sitting in the window of my dorm. There are also two Lego Botanical sets, and a Harry Styles prayer candle (I don’t light it, but I do use it for manifesting) accompanying my fake plants. All these decorations turn my room into a space where I can relax and unwind. Out of all the design trends, maximalism is the one that lets me express myself to the fullest!

Olivia Post

Lasell '26

Olivia Post is the President of the Her Campus at Lasell chapter. She oversees all matters relating to the chapter, from editorial content to on-campus events. Beyond Her Campus, Olivia is a student ambassador for the Blue Key Society at Lasell. She is currently a sophomore at Lasell University, studying Secondary Education and English with a minor in Spanish. In her free time, Olivia enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with her roommates. She can also be found working on her latest crochet project, or watching RuPaul's Drag Race.