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8 maximalist murals that are a bit "too much"

When it comes to maximalism, it's just not possible to have too much of a good thing.

These 8 wall murals would unavoidably be the pièce de résistance of any room - establishing serious mansion and palace parlour vibes. When juxtaposed with a perfect clash of colours and decor, these over-the-top designs form a marriage of opulence and absurdity that simply defines maximalism.

IKEA has been keen to show that they're moving away from strutting their usual Scandi stuff and enthusiastically embracing maximalism instead, with their far from ordinary Virgil Abloh collaboration pieces and the release of collection FÖREMÅL with Pelle, but some people will understandably be a bit intimidated by this in-your-face interiors trend. These examples of indulgent styling with statement wall art by MuralsWallpaper, however, offer tempting inspiration that could encourage you to welcome in the 'more is more' philosophy of maximalism.

Dare to think like a maximalist

Vase of Flowers, the Baroque artwork by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, is a popular choice of mural for maximalists, with its classic appeal and mix of rich and bold colour. Interior designer Marilynn Taylor used this MuralsWallpaper design as a key piece in her take on the One Room Challenge, and her styling captures the essence of maximalism wholeheartedly. Marilynn revealed to MuralsWallpaper her thoughts and feelings on the daring project:

'I didn’t want to play it safe with this space. I felt inspired by maximalist references - particularly Hollywood Regency design, and the iconic colours and textures of India and Morocco. But even with my years of expertise and confidence as a designer, I still questioned whether or not all of the separate elements would work well together (statement wall mural, mix of colours and patterns, obscure objects). I decided to go with my gut, and I was thrilled to see that it worked wonderfully and proved that sometimes “too much” isn’t actually too much. I’m even considering extra decoration for the ceiling!'
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'When a core style is around for a while, people start to crave the opposite. To me, maximalism is the epitome of the passion, power and joy that can be expressed through a room, and is a much needed switch up from the long-serving minimalism, boho and farmhouse norms. Glamour and luxury are making their mainstream comeback, and I couldn't be happier about it.'

See Marilynn's full challenge journey and room transformation on The Taylored Home blog.

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