How To Tell If You’re A Minimalist or a Maximalist

Every person on the planet has their own unique and personal style. And there has been no better time to be able to embrace and share this style with the world thanks to the explosion of social media. In addition to impacting how we dress and behave, our style will also have a large impact on how our homes are designed. With most people spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on their home, they want it to reflect their personal style.

This goes for how the home looks, of course, but also how it functions. Some people might simply keep everything out of sight to promote a clean and sleek design, while others may seek out help with kitchen remodeling to have a room that is organized but with easy access to everything.  

By understanding our own unique style and personality, we can use that information to design a home that fits us to a T. In general, there are two main categories when it comes to personal style and design, minimalism and maximalism. This article is going to take a closer look at both minimalism and maximalism, and help you be able to learn or tell which one you are.


How to Know If You’re a Minimalist?

If you have a minimalist style of personality, you appreciate empty space, sleek designs and cannot stand clutter. You enjoy and embrace simplicity and only want what you need, and don’t have a use for anything else. Everything you have has some sort of function or purpose, and if not, it is simply a distraction and not truly needed.


In addition to that, most minimalists enjoy muted and natural tones and colors throughout their home. Now minimalism doesn’t mean that you always own fewer things, it just means you are better at hiding, organizing and storing the things you do have. Minimalists might have a decent amount of jewelry or clothes but will keep it out of sight and out of mind. Minimalists aren’t overly concerned with their material possessions, and more about their experiences and other things that really hold value to them. They reject the modern ideas of consumerism and aren’t obsessed with the things that they have.


How to Know If You’re a Maximalist? 

As you could imagine, a maximalist is the complete opposite of a minimalist. However, this doesn’t mean that they love clutter and obsess over every single thing they have. Maximalism is largely about exciting patterns, loud colors, busy rooms and a ton of creativity. These people enjoy rooms that are full of several different talking pieces, designs and furniture. They will take a unique and exciting design over functionality, most of the time.

Also, many maximalists love having everything that they own out in the open and within arms reach. Whereas minimalists would get overly stressed out or overwhelmed with all of this excess and action, maximalists find order within the chaos. Different items, styles, designs, and decor can be mixed together in a maximalist’s room, and they can make it work. All the space in a room will be used in some way or form, and they love for their rooms to tell a story and inspire conversation.

Are You a Mix of Both?

While some people will fall into one of these two aforementioned categories alone, many people will often fall somewhere in the middle. It is hard to strictly stick to one style and many will have both present in various rooms in their home. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this as not everyone needs to pick one or the other.

For example, you might love a sleek and clean look in your living room, with nothing out in plain sight. However, in your kitchen, you might love for all of your utensils to be readily available at a moment’s notice. Also, it is important to remember that if you live with a spouse, roommates or a family, it may be challenging to stick to one style. For example, if you are a minimalist and your spouse is a maximalist, you may need to have different elements of each throughout the home. As a result, it is important to compromise if your style tastes don’t match up with the person or people you’re living with.

In conclusion, we hope that this article has helped you learn if you are a minimalist, maximalist or lie somewhere in the middle.


About the Author

 Ashley Lipman, Content marketing specialist

Ashley is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing creative solutions for building brands online. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches.