The start of a new year is an exciting time as we gather ideas and look ahead to the unfolding chapter ahead. While we don’t always follow trends, sometimes they can be the spark we need to make a change that will help us appreciate our homes in a completely new way. To provide some inspiration to get you started, we’ve hand-selected our favorite 2023 interior design trends, each of them fresh, yet timeless enough to last.
1. Warmer Woods
By no means are light woods going away, but warm woods are making their way into homes and kitchens in 2023. Warm woods like walnut and oak as well as stains with rich creamy chocolate undertones offer a sense of comfort that you don’t get from sleek and modern materials. These woods can be used in a variety of ways, from flooring to kitchen cabinets and furniture. Warmer woods are also timeless – they won’t go out of style any time soon, so you can enjoy their look for years to come.
2. Brown Tones
Echoing the trend of warmer woods, this new year will be all about adding a touch of browns, tans, and creams to your home. As we continue to close out the “everything is grey” era, we'll add in more earthy hues that reflect nature and bring the outside in. Hues like rich espresso brown, burnt sienna, and caramel bring a rich and welcoming look to walls, furniture pieces, and textiles. They will naturally make your home feel more inviting, especially in the cold winter months.
3. Holistic Design
In today's stressful world, people are looking for balance in their homes and lives. Holistic design has evolved from this need, incorporating elements that contribute to overall wellbeing. Often taking cues from nature, this design style promotes productivity, rest, and happiness using principles of color psychology and organic textures. Holistic design also takes into account the energy flow in your home, and how the way you move about a room impacts your sense of peace in the space.
4. Statement Light Fixtures
Oversized lamps and artistic pendants are predicted to illuminate this dark winter, so now is the perfect time to switch out any old light fixtures. A unique chandelier can liven up an entryway or living room, while sconces in creative shapes draw the eye upwards in smaller spaces. You can even swap out lampshades to add texture and color without having to buy new lamps. As lighting becomes a focal point in homes, rooms will become more bright and cheerful as we enter the new year.
5. Sustainability & Natural Materials
As we head into 2023, we're focused on designing spaces that feel in harmony with the natural world while still being super-chic and upscale. Homeowners are increasingly conscious of their environmental impact, so more and more people are opting for sustainable design solutions. Expect a pivot from synthetic materials, like acrylic, to organic, layered textures. Eco-friendly materials like bamboo, vegan leather, recycled plastic, and cork can be used for furniture and flooring, as well as for decorative pieces like wall hangings and lighting fixtures. These materials are not only better for the environment, but also a design trick that boosts serenity.
6. Unique Countertops
The use of stone slabs in unique ways is one of the most popular interior design trends of 2022 and going into 2023. Whether you opt for stone slab backsplashes or countertops, this statement trend adds a modern touch that exudes elegance. No matter which color you choose or the stone type, it will give your home a sense of grandeur that you’ll never tire of when used in unique ways. Ways to get a unique look is to use the countertop as a backsplash or use a different edge on the countertop than the standard.
7. Room Separation
The days of large open floor plans are fading as more and more people are looking to carve out more intimate spaces in their homes. As 2023 progresses, we expect to see more people opting for hybrid layouts that can offer some degree of separation between different areas. Simple room separators can come in many forms, including furniture like bookshelves and armoires that can divide the space without having to build a full wall. A few well-placed pieces of furniture can create a cozy reading nook, an office area, or a private yoga spot with minimal effort.
Adding architectural elegance to any room, arches will continue to increase in popularity in 2023. From a dramatic archway entry to an arched mirror, the trend of curved edges brings a softness that counterbalances a lot of other modern design features. There is an inherent sense of luxury in arches, stemming from the classical nature of this iconic shape. You’ll also find that arches draw the eye upwards, making the walls appear taller and the room more spacious.
9. Vintage Nostalgia
It’s human nature to both look forward and back at the same time. This year, we’ll continue to see styles from the past recycled – with a twist. Adding vintage-inspired decor creates a warm, inviting feel in your home that people are leaning into as a reaction against the sleekness of minimalism. Paying homage to the past is never a bad thing if you are investing in quality furniture and accessories – they have lasted this long for a reason!
When it comes to interior design trends, we focus less on following the crowd and more on the ideas that we believe have real merit. If they make a home feel more inviting and provide a fresh update, then they are worth trying. Switching out small accessories can provide a new perspective, not just in your home, but in your thought process that will set the tone for the new year.