These are the top interiors trends for 2023
While we’re big proponents of lasting quality, there is certainly space in interiors trends to keep our houses looking fresh and modern, to breathe new life into our homes. We’ve rounded up the top interiors trends for 2023 in this blog, with something that will hopefully suit all tastes. And if you can incorporate them with things you already have, even better. Trends shouldn’t be the dominating element of your home aesthetic but can be a great way to bring in different influences from various eras and genres – as long as you don’t switch things up too often, there’s no harm in following trends that suit your home and lifestyle. Sustainability isn’t a trend, but it’s a way of life that’s here to stay.
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Bear with us with this one but think less ‘Barbie Dream House’ and more just the colour: pink. The soon-to-be-released film, starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, has already infiltrated high fashion, with many of the world’s fashion weeks earlier this year showcasing bold pink designs for next season’s designs, such as Valentino’s AW22 presentation on Rome’s Spanish Steps. Forget the washed out, almost calamine-hued Millennial Pink of a few years ago: Barbie pink is exactly as it sounds, vibrant, saturated and positive. As a trend you could incorporate ‘Barbiecore’ as a bold statement, with a large wall in a feature colour, a substantial piece of furniture, or perhaps a wall covering, or be more subtle with upholstery that picks up the vivid pink, small details like crockery, or even a neon light in a striking script.
Moody, atmospheric, with just a touch of Hogwarts: the ‘Dark Academia’ interiors trend is best seen in studies or snugs, or a masculine drawing room or principal bedroom. The ultimate space for this trend is a library, but if you don’t have space, a home office with extensive shelving would certainly suffice. Key elements of this trend include candles, vintage books and typewriters, busts of historical figures, oil paintings and traditional furniture choices. Colour is a big part of this trend: heritage hues like rich cocoa brown, forest greens, deep burgundy and inky navy blues go well with natural materials like leather, wood and suede. If it looks like it’s come off the set of a ‘whodunit’ film, or from the Harry Potter franchise, it’ll work for Dark Academia.
As we turn our focus to sustainability more and more in the face of climate change, the trends follow suit. More of us are looking at what is important and opting for a ‘less is more’ approach, by only having what we need – plus, having fewer ‘things’ means it’s easier to keep a home clean and tidy. This sustainable focus extends to eco-friendly materials, too: think cork and aluminium, reclaimed wood and brick, natural carpets, rattan and bamboo. This trend is enduring, so it should last long after 2023 has passed. This also brings in another focus: the art of display. We’re seeing more cabinets and sideboards filled with important collections that have meaning, like family china, wine displays, personal photography and other items that hold memories.
The pandemic saw us transform our houses into our gyms, offices, schools and entertainment spaces, and though we’ve continued with home working and home workouts, we’re more focussed on creating dedicated zones in our homes that serve each function, rather than just transforming our dining tables to suit the time of day. This could be a study ‘nook’ with a permanent desk (perhaps a standing one, for extra health benefits), swapping the garage to a gym, and giving the kids their own playroom where they can also feel inspired to do their homework. Because of this, we’re seeing more garden rooms and studios pop up in gardens across the country.
Wellness at home
Another interiors trends that’s come out of the pandemic is the idea that wellness starts at home. This is possibly the drive behind the impressive bath and shower rooms that we’re seeing more of lately, from vast freestanding tubs to impressive vanity units to house all manner of soothing oils, scrubs and serums. The idea is that one’s home can be a personal oasis, that you can visit like you would a spa. This might mean adding an undercounter refrigerator to keep facial products at optimum temperature, or space for both chilled and heated towels. The good thing about this trend is that space isn’t the driving factor – any bathroom has the potential to become a personal sanctuary with a few luxury touches.
Perhaps the easiest trend to achieve for 2023 is that of the bold border: this could be painted walls, using wallpaper to accent or even on curtains for a fun twist. Don’t just confine these to the horizontal (did everyone’s childhood include a frieze of some kind, about a metre from the floor?), but be more free-spirited with your arrangements. You could outline doorways or window frames with colourful block designs, highlight architectural elements like coving or picture rails, or inject a more subtle pattern around the tops of skirting boards. You could use a ready-made wallpaper or go old-school with a stencil, which is a nod to the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods.
How do you feel about these interior design trends for 2023? Would you use any in your home? Let us know in the comments!
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