While interior design largely comes down to personal choice and what works best in your home, there is often some influence from what’s currently on trend and under the spotlight. And while it’s true that if you stick with a style for long enough, it will come back into fashion, we’re here to take a look at what’s likely to be on the up in 2023, and what’s now a little tired.
Playing it safe with greys
If you’re decorating your first home or you’re perhaps not feeling overly confident or comfortable with your design themes, it can be tempting to play it safe with greys and whites. Grey is always a safe option, that can be incorporated into the home in many different ways, but for 2023, experts are suggesting that those all-grey colour schemes might just be lacking in life and energy – and so are on the way out!
Subtle grey in the home, however, is a great way to complement your primary colour scheme, and so if you’re not ready to entirely ditch the grey, then keeping soft furnishings such as cushions, throws, ornaments etc could be an ideal compromise.
Blues making you blue?
Sometimes, unfortunately, you can have too much of a good thing – and interior design pros have noted how the once-magic, navy-blue feature wall has perhaps been overused and lost some of its sparkle.
That’s not to say that you should step away from having a strong block of colour in your home – and so for 2023, the experts are embracing green. Whether it’s changing a feature wall and adding a shade of green, or opting for green panelling to complement an already-existing scheme, shades which evoke feelings of comfort and nature are the way forward.
It’s likely that velvet in some form will remain a staple in the world of interior design, whether that’s through cushions, throws, or even sofas. The feeling of warmth and luxury that comes with velvet interiors will always be in demand in some variety, but in 2023 we’re expecting to see a turn away from all-velvet, especially as it’s notoriously difficult to clean!
As interiors that reflect nature and bringing the outdoors, indoors, continue to grow in popularity, it’s likely that we’ll see a move towards natural and potentially more sustainable fabrics, such as linen – they’re not quite so heavy and dramatic, but still make a room feel warm, inviting and cosy.
Contrast your industrial features
With more focus now on cosy interiors that incite joy and warmth, and that tend to reflect and celebrate nature – it’s easy to see why homes styled around industrial features may not be as popular as they have been previously.
While industrial styling is cutting edge and makes a strong statement, it can sometimes also give off a colder vibe with hard edges and man-made materials. That’s why interior design experts are predicting a move away from concrete, chrome and black finishes – however, it’s not an interior style to be completely disregarded. Using contrasting materials, you’ll still be able to embrace the industrial style, but soften it at the same time. For example, black metal candlesticks, but on a softer marble table, or a stainless-steel sink featured in a room with warm terracotta or green colours.
While fast furniture has its benefits, mainly lowering the cost of trend-led pieces of furniture and opening the world of interiors up to almost every budget, 2023 is looking to be the year where focus will be on bringing antiques back and breathing new life into older pieces of furniture.
Creating spaces where antiques and modern touches work together, design experts are expecting to see more upcycling of older, quality pieces of furniture, and the return of vintage and nostalgia – but with a modern spin. That said, nostalgia and vintage doesn’t necessarily mean kitsch and retro – we’re visualising more of a partnering between dark furniture and soft florals, or black and white photos in colourful frames.
Ultimately, it’s likely that 2023 will see the return of considered purchases, and investing in good quality pieces that will last well into the future, but that can be adapted to complement what’s trending. It’s a move away from fast furniture and the throwaway consumer culture that’s dominated the last few years – better for the environment, and your bank balance!
We’re familiar with the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ which focuses on relaxing and enjoying life’s simple pleasures at home, but 2023 is the year of championing the Swedish concept of ‘lagom’ which essentially means ‘not too much, not too little’. It moves us away from both cluttered living, and minimalist living, and champions clean, fuss-free living, with just the right amount of furniture/ornaments/display items that you need to make your house, your home.