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January 21, 2023
As we begin 2023, it’s fun to forecast which home design and decor trends will be impactful this year. Whether or not you are a person that follows design trends, the information may still be valuable if you are planning any home renovations this year, or just want to do some redecorating. Knowing which styles are on-trend will help prevent you from choosing designs that further date your space if you are looking for a fresh, current design aesthetic.
Trends are certainly not the be-all and end-all of design, but I do think it’s beneficial to keep an open mind as you never know which design trend or idea may inspire you! This year we’ll see an interesting mix of new and returning trends so there is no need to go all-in on any particular one, in fact, I don’t recommend it. There are ways to take inspiration from the ones you like, and meld them together to create a unique, curated, and individualized style for your home (hint: this is the overarching trend this year!). So, if you are feeling curious, settle in and let’s discuss the top 10 design trends of 2023!
Indoor arches were the most sought-after architectural feature of 2021 and 2022, and there is no doubt they will continue to be desired in 2023. From a design perspective, arches visually draw attention to the height of your walls, making any room look more spacious. Whether it's a part your home’s architecture or a piece of decor, the arch shape instantly elevates a space with a touch of old-world charm.
If you want to dive in: If you are planning a renovation, consider adding arched doorways, hallways, or windows to elevate your space.
If you want to dip your toe in: Add curves to your space using decor. So many pieces including mirrors, artwork, furniture, and decorative objects are mimicking the arch shape.
In recent years, there has been a shift towards more organic and sculptural options to conventional boxy furniture designs. Curved furniture adds softness to a space and creates an effortless flow. Curved pieces are visually appealing, adding an element of softness and sophistication to a space. This trend is all about furniture that goes beyond its innate function and enters the world of abstract art.
Curves and rounded edges will continue to be a popular silhouette on a multitude of furniture pieces including sofas, accent chairs, ottomans, and tables. Look for these items to be executed in a variety of materials including marble, glass, wood, and upholstery.
If you want to dive in: Invest in a statement piece like a rounded sofa or sculptural coffee table.
If you want to dip your toe in: Try a round ottoman or curved accent chair to gently round out your existing furniture pieces.
Fluted and reeded details are classic looks in interior design that are enjoying a resurgence in home decor and architecture. These trends started popping up in 2021 and they will continue going strong this year as a solution to add texture, visual interest, and warmth to any space in your home.
Fluting consists of a series of shallow grooves that run across a surface. Reeding is the reverse, it’s a technique where several narrow ridges called "reeds" are carved into a surface.
We’ll continue seeing these details implemented in furniture, glassware, architectural details, and decorative objects.
If you want to dive in: Detail a kitchen island with this design or make it into an art piece on a wall.
If you want to dip your toe in: Look for decorative objects, accent furniture, and glassware implementing this look.
With an immense variety of patterns and styles available, wallpaper is an incredibly easy way to personalize a space while adding instant dimension and personality. Wallpaper makes a huge statement and selecting a style can be easier than finding art pieces you like, or art in the size you need. It’s the perfect choice to add color, pattern, and/or texture.
If you want to dive in: Wallpaper a whole room or a large wall to make a statement.
If you want to dip your toe in: Try wallpaper in a small space, or as an accent wall inside your pantry or inside your accent cabinets.
After the past few years of light, neutral colors reigning, new this year we'll see a return of moody hues in our design aesthetic. Expect bold, dark colors to be integrated in home decor, paint, and bedding. A luxurious palette of rich jewel tones, soothing greens, timeless blues, and warm earth tones will be popular this year. This is an opportunity to add drama and interest to any space.
If you want to dive in: Go for a monochromatic look and paint a full room a moody color.
If you want to dip your toe in: Invest in throw pillows, artwork, decor, or accent furniture in deep, saturated hues to bring the moody vibe.
Marble has long been a classic choice for countertops, backsplashes, showers, fireplaces, and flooring. But in 2023, white marble is a taking a backseat in lieu of marble with deep color, unique veining, idiosyncrasy, and bold pattern. The more unique, the better. We will be seeing thick, unique slabs of marble not only taking over common applications, but also getting bolder and being used in unconventional ways such as sink basins. This trend is sure to create a focal point in any space and will be bringing the drama.
If you want to dive in: Upgrade a kitchen countertop, or shower surround using a unique slab of marble.
If you want to dip your toe in: Invest in accent decor pieces made of unique marble.
The most effective way to add soul to any space is with vintage or antique pieces. Some of the most impactful spaces combine elements from different design styles and eras to create a curated, collected feel. Vintage pieces add a sense of nostalgia, authenticity, and character. Whether adding a brass light fixture, vintage art, or a piece of antique furniture, we will be mixing new furnishings with vintage pieces more than ever. With the recent popularity of mid-century modern design, adding retro inspired pieces is easier than ever.
If you want to dive in: Thrift some vintage furniture pieces. Check out your local thrift shops for authentic vintage pieces and decor that will blend with the style you’ve currently curated in your home.
If you want to dip your toe in: Add vintage art prints. This is easy to implement and can easily be changed. Check out local flea markets or Etsy for printable design art in vintage styles.
As interiors start to move away from minimalism, we are beginning to see a renewed interest in more decorative styles. Maximalism is the art of more-is-more. Decorative details are on the rise as well as interiors dominated by bold colors and patterns. We will likely be seeing layered patterns, highly saturated colors, plenty of accessories, and art. This style is all about surrounding yourself with the things you love and doing so in generous proportions.
If you want to dive in: Have fun with color. Mix styles and patterns and add your personality to your space. Allow for imperfection and don’t stress about matching everything.
If you want to dip your toe in: Create a maximalist inspired, but cohesive look, by tying different patterns, textures, and accessories together with a consistent color or color family.
images: Jean Stoffer Design | Ashley Montgomery Design
This year, expect to see a return of the warm wood tones which were popular in the 1970’s. Light wood has been trending for a long time so the switch to warm tones can convey a feeling of nostalgia and refinement. Medium to darker wood toned finishes are being applied to coffee tables, consoles, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, and flooring.
If you want to dive in: Planning a remodel? Consider warm wood cabinets or flooring.
If you want to dip your toe in: Try switching up a coffee table or end table for something darker. Or try staining a piece you already own.
This design philosophy is all about bringing the outdoors in to increase one’s connection to the natural environment. This year we will continue to see nature inspired prints featuring mushrooms, gardens, and plant life gain popularity, as well as landscape art including oceanic influences. These prints will be incorporated into a variety of surfaces including wallpaper, upholstery, bedding, and decor.
Quite literally we will also continue to see natural elements moved into the home including plants, baskets, and live-edge tables. Other ways we will see the influence of this design is with soft colors inspired by nature, like softer greens and blues, natural shapes and forms, natural scents, and organic and cozy materials.
If you want to dive in: Consider how you most deeply connect with nature and add those influences into your home. Choose plants, prints, and materials that represent that connection.
If you want to dip your toe in: Add nature inspired artwork to your space to help you feel more connected to the outdoors. Bringing a new plant into your home is sure to help you connect with nature.
So, what do you think of 2023’s top design trends? Are any of them speaking to you? What I love is that we are moving towards individualized home styles. More than ever, people want to blend aesthetics. If you notice, a number of these trends intertwine with each other making it easier than ever to achieve a curated, eclectic, individualized design style that is both on-trend and unique.
When it comes down to it, I recommend that you decorate your home in a way that makes you feel great. Don’t feel like you have to adopt any of these trending ideas if they don’t resonate with you or work with the style of your home.
If you are planning any renovations or redesigns this year, do you think you will incorporate any of these design trends into your home? Let me know below what you love and dislike!
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