Therefore, as we look to indulge in a summer of maximalism – in all its overflowing glory – we should look no further than tips from Matthew himself.  See: Interior design tips – decorating secrets for the world’s top experts ‘I’ve always been a maximalist, a lover of ornamentation. I want to create things that make others feel happy,’ he shares – while feeling assured that his daring creations make us feel very happy indeed. ‘I’ve never been able to get my head around minimalism or flat color. When I start a room design, I think about how I can make an empty space give joy,’ Matthew adds.  In an exclusive interview with H&G, Matthew continued to explain the art of interior design through his eyes – and armed us with four tips for injecting patterns into our homes.  

1. More is more – when it comes to wallpaper 

‘Wallpaper brings personality, energy, and whimsy to a space. It can function as a focal point or as a backdrop. I prefer wrapping rooms as opposed to using a feature wall or papering a chimney breast,’ Matthew suggests.  A perfect example of this is seen in his bedroom for Belmond La Residencia (opens in new tab) in Deià, Mallorca, which is supercharged with color and pattern (above). See: How to mix patterns in a room – our interior design masterclass

2. Use furniture to combine patterns  

‘To achieve a more accomplished look, include more than one pattern in a space. Florals work well with stripes; using a floral sofa with a striped armchair is a knowing clash and works especially well when you mix a figurative floral with a graphic contrast,’ he explains. 

3. Combine classic and contemporary 

See: Living room ideas – decorate and furnish your space, beautifully We’re aware that chintz is among the vintage staples enjoying a thoroughly modern makeover. However, Matthew suggests that we don’t need to fill our interiors with modern furnishings – but should combine new features with timeless pieces to create a unique maximalist setting.  ‘I like all the classic patterns – the florals, ikats, stripes, and animal prints – but I bring in unexpected color for a modern look. You might use Delft pottery or old chintz but combine it with colors and patterns that catch the eye, so the old rubs along with the new,’ he explains. 

4. Play with maximalism –but keep it minimal  

See: Maximalist botanical wallpaper is the trend we all want – ways to use it in your space Yes, maximalism doesn’t mean messy, and Matthew is the master of making sure you stay on the right side of the fine line. ‘I would advise less confident decorators to keep the color palette tight in a scheme for a calm overall result. Restrict yourself to half a dozen colors and try not to veer from them,’ he says.  While we can’t all enjoy the beauty of a colorful Mallorcan villa just yet, we can still mirror its ambiance throughout our interiors in the meantime.  This interview was by Kerryn Harper-Cuss for Homes & Gardens June 2021. To buy back issues or to subscribe to the magazine monthly, follow the link above.

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