Maximalism brings me joy.
So much joy. I like color and pattern and shelves full of books and the spillover books stacked up by the wall. I like floor-to-ceiling gallery walls with a mix of paintings and sculptural pieces. Give me abundance, a little untidiness, and a sense of fun.
So how to reconcile the two? It's surprisingly easy to appease both my maximalist aesthetic with my minimalist values. Granted, it takes time and no small amount of willpower. But we can totally do this.
Once you understand your style, it's time to shop. And to push yourself. None of this "I can't pull it off" nonsense. Just do it. Buy items of varying sizes and styles, and think about filling the forgotten empty spaces in your house. Your coffee table might not need another tchotchke, but the top of your bookshelf probably needs an oversized bust. This takes time. Never buy for the sake of buying (retail therapy works even if you come home empty-handed). Force yourself to look for quality pieces that will age well. And by all means (you knew I was going to say this), go thrifting. It's recycling! Besides, if you fill your home with all the new trendy pieces you're just going to look like you live in the HomeGoods clearance aisle.