We’re too fried to deal with fussy decor at home. All we really want are soft, simple things. Designers have responded with what one expert is calling ‘warm minimalism.’

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By Elizabeth Segran

COVID-19 has killed maximalism. The design trend gave us lush textures, jewel tones, baroque patterns, and much, much more over the past decade, as the global economy boomed: Sotheby’s launched a maximalism portal on its website devoted to loud, colorful statement pieces; even Ikea, famous for democratizing Scandinavian minimalism, took a sharp turn toward plush textiles, metallic finishes, and audacious wallpaper.

But this era of “more is more” is coming to an end, and the pandemic is to blame. Enter minimalism, which is making a comeback, but with a twist. The experts I spoke with suggest that it doesn’t look as cold and clinical as minimalist movements of the past. …


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