As we settle into the new year, we’re taking note of emerging trends in everything from restaurant menus to fashion to home decor. Today, it’s all about interior design. We pinpointed 10 trends that are expected to be popular in homes and businesses across the country, and we asked some of our favorite Southern interior designers to weigh in. Here are the top interior design trends you’ll want to keep an eye out for in 2023!
10 Interior Design Trends to Watch For in 2023
Art Deco Revival
Art deco, a popular design style from the 1920s and 1930s, will be showing up more often in 2023. Characterized by bold geometric shapes and bright colors, art deco can add a touch of glamour and sophistication to any space. Look for pieces with mirrored surfaces, metallic accents, and bold patterns to incorporate this trend into your home.
Biophilic design is all about bringing the outdoors inside. This trend involves incorporating natural elements, such as plants, into interior spaces to create a more cohesive and harmonious environment. Biophilic design can improve air quality and reduce stress, making it a popular choice for residential and commercial spaces. We saw this trend begin to emerge in 2022, and it’s expected to stay at the forefront in 2023.
Minimalism has been a popular trend for a while now, and it’s not going anywhere in 2023. Minimalism focuses on simplicity and functionality, clean lines, and an absence of clutter. This style is excellent for small spaces and can create a sense of calm and order in any room.
Remote work is here to stay, and cozy home offices have become more valued than ever. In 2023, we can expect to see a rise in optimizing our dedicated home office spaces, with a focus on creating a functional and stylish work environment. Look for pieces with built-in storage, comfortable seating, and, perhaps most importantly — plenty of natural light. “Take advantage of the natural light and the views when setting up your home office,” says Beth Haleyof Beth Haley Design. “Natural elements make for a relaxing, peaceful space that is both inviting and encourages productivity.”
Another trend in home office spaces is designing them for purposes outside of work. “The goal is usually to create an aesthetically pleasing environment that can pull double duty as a working home office as well as a comfortable den space that will be utilized for more than just 9-5 work,” says Brad Ramsey of Brad Ramsey Interiors. “For this reason, we try to incorporate upholstery and soft materials to balance out the functional desk and work zones.”
It has also become easier to find stylish, multipurpose office furniture. “More and more of our vendors have wisely created storage units [like the one featured below from Vanguard Furniture]. The extra-long sideboard has a hidden filing system and pull-out trays for printers, shredders, and unattractive electronics to be neatly tucked away.”
In 2023, we’ll see a trend toward mixing and layering different materials in interior spaces. This can include combining wood and metal or pairing stone with glass. This trend adds depth and interest and can create a more cohesive look. “I’ve always liked to mix materials. Different textures and color tones give so much depth to any space,” says designer Stephanie Wallace of Stephanie Wallace & Associates. Curating a combination of materials you love also creates a space that is unique to your home. “Using a variety of materials is an opportunity to put a personal stamp on a space,” says Stephanie.
While the days of bright, bold colors aren’t necessarily gone, this year, soft pastels are expected to be all the rage. These calming hues, from pale pink and violet to light blues and greens, can create a sense of tranquility in a room and pair well with natural materials like wood and marble. Consider the overall design if you’re looking to incorporate soft pastels into your home. “Soft pastels look best against a crisp, clean white,” says Beth Haley.
Curves and Organic Shapes
Straight lines and sharp angles are out, and curves and organic shapes are in. This trend is all about creating a softer, more organic look in interior spaces. Look for pieces with rounded edges, undulating lines, and natural forms to infuse this trend into your home. If you’re doing a remodel, consider exploring arched doorways and shelving. If you’re simply looking to refresh your space, consider incorporating other elements with rounded edges — furniture pieces, tiling, area rugs, and even wall decor like mirrors and paintings.
Natural stone materials, such as marble and granite, will continue to be a popular choice for countertops, flooring, and backsplashes this year. These materials add a touch of luxury and durability and come in a wide range of colors and patterns to suit any style.
If you’ve been hesitant to lean on these materials in the past, you may have been overly cautious. “Many of my clients come to me concerned about using marble in their projects as they’re aware of its porousness and etching risks,” says Kate Figler of Kate Figler Interiors. “However, once we begin the process of slab selection, inevitably, they discover that nothing compares to the beauty and uniqueness of natural stone. With proper sealing and maintenance, these surfaces are not as scary as they seem. Running slabs up a kitchen backsplash can even be considered practical as this application eliminates the need for cleaning grout lines.”
In 2023, we’ll see a trend toward textured fabrics in upholstery, bedding, and window treatments. Look for textiles with interesting textures, such as bouclé, chenille, velvet, and corduroy, to add depth and interest to a room. Consider incorporating multiple textured fabrics into a single space for an added level of decadence.
Sustainability has become a hot topic in recent years, and it’s no surprise that it’s making its way into the world of interior design. In 2023, we can expect to see a rise in the use of natural, eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo, cork, and recycled wood. These materials not only look beautiful, but they also have a lower environmental impact than traditional materials like plastic and synthetic wood.
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