Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again: time for trend predictions! After several months of monitoring everything that is happening in the world of interior design, 7 trends stand out more than others. So here are my predictions for the top 2023 interior design trends.
Before we dive in, I just want to give a little background on the trend.
It can be easy to fall into the trendy trap. I mean centering your whole style around things that are fashionable. And while trends can be a great way to discover fun new design styles, they can’t be a substitute for your personal style.
So how can your flow and personal style co-exist? Check out my complete guide to interior design trends to find out:
- how trends happen
- how to identify trends you like
- and how to incorporate trends into your style without losing personality
Okay now let’s get into my predictions for the top seven interior design trends of 2023!
Trend #1: “living in” authenticity
This has been happening for a long time. With the rise of natural trends like wabi sabi and the fall of hyper-minimalism, people are craving more humanity in their homes.
Even in design photos/videos on Pinterest and tiktok, even Architectural Digest, I noticed a lack of organization in the photos. People keep a few books and toys scattered around, not all of them are perfectly symmetrical, and some things may be slightly tilted instead of perfectly upright.
All this is in stark contrast to the “hotel aesthetic” that dominates design culture. It’s all about perfection and looking like no one lives there.
In 2023, I think we’ll see more people embrace imperfection. This can be anything from taking a more “messy”, maximalist approach, allowing furniture imperfections (or even highlighting them like the tiktok below!) or deliberately ignoring warnings about fake designs.
Trend #2: Dark, dramatic countertops
Clean, white kitchens have been suffocating everyone for long enough. Now, colorful and dramatic countertops are occupying the throne in the list of interior design trends of 2023.
I’d like to say this love of good, moody dark colors was inspired by the new Wednesday Addams show. But in reality, this has been building for a while.
A bright white kitchen has a certain freshness, and I’m sure many homes will stick with this theme. But for those looking to branch out a bit, countertops in dark, veined black or green marble may have considerable appeal.
This can be paired with all-white everything for just one dramatic pop. Or you can go full drama and incorporate some other rich jewel tones on your walls, floors or cabinets.
Trend #3: Patterned wallpaper
We took it back a few years. It seems wallpaper trends ebb and flow pretty consistently. And it’s usually filled with some pretty passionate opinions. But I predict that in 2023, it will happen.
The last time thick wallpaper dominated interior design trends, it was very popular in small specialized spaces like bathrooms.
But in 2023, I predict that it will have a moment in more important areas such as the living room, home office and bedroom. This is partly because people crave more self-expression and personality in their homes.
Fun graphic wallpapers are the perfect opportunity to do this.
Whether it’s more of an antique floral, graphic print or more of a mural vibe will depend entirely on the individual who created the design. But I think we can expect a lot of these fun walls in 2023.
Trend #4: Ambient lighting
Have you ever heard that sound on tiktok? You know the one that says “I don’t have a lot of rules in my house. But the only rule I have is never use big lights”?
That exact sentiment has made it to the top 2023 interior design trends list.
“Big light,” of course, refers to overhead lighting.
And it’s really something you don’t notice until you do it. And once you experience the better feeling of ambient light, you’ll never want to go back to big light alone.
The core of this trend is, the more light sources the better. When you distribute the lighting throughout the room, it provides a more lush, dramatic and relaxing atmosphere and can contribute to the overall sensory experience.
These can be table lamps, floor lamps, hanging pendants, LED lamps or whatever suits your personal style.
So basically, the light switch on the wall won’t get much play this year.
Trend #5: Rounded edges
Hard edges come out. Soft, rounded edges are inside.
This is partly related to the #1 interior design trend of 2023 (living space). The rounded edges give the furniture a more comfortable and imperfect feel. In contrast to the harsh straight lines, this is an attractive feature for those who want more comfort in their lives.
Rounded edges may appear in various ways. This may look like a more round or oval piece of furniture. Or it can be more organically shaped sculptural furniture for a more eclectic and luxurious atmosphere.
Trend #6: Rich, deep colors
Another example of an accelerating trend cycle. Soothing pastels are having a big time in 2022. And while they won’t be completely gone in 2023, we’ll see more saturated, richer colors alongside them.
Deep purple and glossy red lacquer will have a big moment this year, along with other rich colors.
Just take a look at some of the colorways that have been released so far:
You’ll notice that all of these colors are very saturated, quite dramatic and slimmer jewel-toned.
Could this be a sign that people want a little more fun and excitement in their designs? I think so. And it fits the overall theme of more character and personality in the design space.
Trend #7: Tactile texture
Great design is more about the feel of the site. The best examples out there take all the senses into account, making design a full sensory experience.
And touch is one of the best ways to do this at home.
In 2023, we will see more interesting and diverse textures in the home. Whether it’s a stone table, a whitewashed wall, a corduroy sofa, a cable throw or a 3D collage artwork on the wall.
In other words, designs that invite you to touch will be big this year.
This can be done in combination with an overall maximum design style. Or it can be a way to add extra visual interest to a minimalist design.
Interior design trends 2023, explained
And there you have it. My take on the top interior design trends for this year!
What’s your opinion? Do you really agree? Totally disagree? Feel like I missed something? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!
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