Summer 2022 marks the first season in several years when homeowners in the greater Memphis Metro, northern Mississippi and Arkansas area’s,   have been able to make updates and renovations with The Tub Pro’s without the COVID-19 related restrictions and delays of previous summers. It is also bringing with it elevated prices in labor and supplies as well as some big box supply shortages. It’s kind of a mixed bag with both the good and the bad. Those who have wanted to refresh their spaces now have the chance to get to work with The Tub Pro’s. What makes this even more exciting is that extended time at home over the pandemic has led many to reevaluate their style preferences, and now they’re able to put those new ideas into place.

The summer kitchen and summer bathroom trends 2022 has ushered in include lots of new trends. One of the new designs gaining popularity among many is maximalism—the hard opposite of the minimalist trends that have dominated for years. Here, we’ll break down everything you need to know about this style, and how The Tub Pros can help make your maximalist home a reality. 

What is maximalism?

To understand maximalism, think first about minimalism: neutral or white colors, sparing items, one or two accent pieces, and plenty of space. When well done, a minimalist space can feel airy, light, and welcoming—when not done quite right, it can look sterile and cold.

Maximalism is just the opposite—bold and bright colors, lots of accent and statement pieces, and accessories to represent a person’s unique style. When done badly, a maximalist space might look busy, overwhelming, and cluttered—when done well, it can be joyful, cozy, and fun.

It’s different than just a cluttered space—in a maximalist room, all of the items will be selected thoughtfully to contribute to the feeling of the room. The trend emphasizes trying out mixes of patterns and colors, using high-impact colors, wall features (like murals or wallpaper) and accessories, and playing with shapes and lines. All of these features will be layered, so they complement, rather than fight, each other.

Why is maximalism trending?

Maximalism has had eras in the past—think bold colored kitchens in the 1980s, dramatic florals of the 1960s, or the glamor of a 1920s space. There have been maximalist design trends back as far as the 17th century—think crowded gallery walls, plenty of furniture, wallpaper, and accessories.

Why does this trend surface? There have been different reasons throughout history. In the 19th century, for instance, more products were available to Americans—design reacted to that change. In the 1920s, when the economy did well before the Great Depression, people wanted to display items in their homes—and, with rationing during World War II, more minimalist trends rose as style adapted to the change in limited availability of goods and rationing. Something similar happened after the 2008 recession, when minimalism took off.

Why is maximalism trending now? Part of it might be a reaction by people who grew up in minimalist homes and are now establishing their own personal space in apartments or single family homes; wanting a space that feels uniquely their own. Or a recovery from the 2008 economic crash. Another part is the COVID-19 pandemic—during months of social distancing, many people wanted fun, joyful, cozy spaces, or had the chance to experiment with making changes to their homes since they were essentially home-bound on lockdown for almost 2 years.

The trend is especially prevalent on apps like TikTok and Instagram, where younger millennials and Gen Z show off happy, personality-charged spaces. In fact, the hashtag #MaximalistDecor has over 40.7 million views—and with many younger fans spending their money in their home spaces, the trend seems here to stay for a while.

How could I implement maximalism in my home?

When you look up 2022-inspired kitchen or bathroom remodel ideas, or investigate what colors are trending for bathrooms or summer kitchen trends, you’ll likely find lots of things that are different than previous years—bold-colored cabinets, trendy patterned wallpaper, or dramatic bathtubs and exotic tile all have elements of maximalism behind them.  

When designing a maximalist room, a good place to start is to choose a neutral element that will give your eyes a break from the bold splashes of color in the rest of the room. A neutral sofa or dresser can give you a solid foundation to work with. Or, a few neutral walls with a color statement wall might be the way to go.

When mixing patterns, decide on the feel they’ll have—rather than mixing jewel tones and pastels, pick jewel tones in different colors, to create a cohesive feel. Spread patterns throughout the room and make sure there are solids (like larger furniture or accessories) and a variety of textures and shapes to break up the space.

You can implement maximalism in the kitchen and bathroom, too. Mixing bold blue cabinets with bright walls and patterned backsplash tiles can be one way to go—you can also incorporate bold cabinets, tiled walls for texture, and a fun-colored breakfast nook. In the bathroom, a statement wall with patterned wallpaper can make a space instantly more fun—the same could go for a patterned shower curtain, an interestingly-textured wicker storage cabinet, or bright-colored fixtures or tile.   

Some of the most important features of maximalism are fun, joy, creativity, and creating a space that reflects you. When designing a space, have fun and try out new things—this bold style is about experimenting and taking risks with design that reward you with sumptuousness.

How can The Tub Pros help me?

At The Tub Pros, we refinish tile, sinks, counters, tubs, and showers to give you the home of your dreams—one that looks and functions at its best. Whether you want to create a maximalist living room or stick with a minimalist design scheme, our refinishing services will give your space a totally new look, for a fraction of the cost and time of traditional remodeling.

Changing the color of your tile, counter, tub, or other surfaces can take a space from sterile and cold to bright and fun, or from dated and tired to modern and clean. When you’re looking for tub, shower, or sink refinishing Memphis residents (and residents of the Greater Mid-South, North Mississippi and Arkansas) trust The Tub Pros for all of their bathroom and kitchen refinishing updates. Celebrate summer 2022 with your home updates and call The Tub Pros at (901) 871-8827 or use our online tool for a FREE project estimate and get started on your project today. Additional free value added information can be found in our website article library. 

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