Maximalism used to be everywhere. Before the recession, more was more (which is basically maximalism) so people went all out and overboard in their homes. Pattern on pattern, texture on texture, bigger and bigger. Then the recession hit and with money scarce and people being forced to cut back, minimalism took over. Minimalism is clean lines, simplistic and the LESS is more theory. Since the economy has come back some, experts are saying the maximalism will reemerge but there are conflicting beliefs about this. The clean lines of minimalism seem classic and some say it's here to stay for good. However, if you're liking the look of layers and, even though you don't consider yourself a maximalist, you'd like to incorporate a little more into your home, here are a few ways you can do that without going overboard.
The beauty of minimalism is that there are less items or "things" around to collect dust, so when introducing maximalism it's recommended to do it more with color and pattern than stuff. For example, instead of so much white on white like the minimalist style suggests, add some of the more intense jewel tones. These colors can be great when introduced through tile or art instead of paint because they become a pop of color instead of consuming the space.