While most of us know what our interior style is and decorate our homes accordingly, I still love to see what all the big designers, publications and the design world thinks will be the Interior design trends for 2023.
Over the last few years, we have spent a lot of time in our homes and have come to realise what works for us in home interior design.
Creating a welcoming and functional space has become extremely important as our homes have doubled up as workspaces, entertaining areas and a place to unwind from the daily stresses of life.
2023 will see us all tentatively hang up our loungewear (or not if you’re like me! I’m not sure I’ll ever wear a pair of jeans again), and hopefully, look forward to a more positive year. Big emphasis on the “hopefully” there.
2022 was all about creating a cosy and calming home with trends like cottagecore, Japandi and soft colour palettes mixed with natural textures. These designs are all centred around sustainability, which is now an integral part of interior design.
Interior trends for 2023 will look at bringing more fun into our homes with a hint of luxury and sophistication. Can fun and luxury go together? They sure can!
Interior Trends for 2023
If you are looking to refresh your home, move house or extend in the new year, you may be wondering what design styles to look out for.
What are the trends for 2023? Here is a roundup of 12 interior trends for 2023 we can all integrate into our home interior design.
1. Plump and oversized furniture
I like this trend! Being cosy in my home is probably one of the most important things to us as a family, so having furniture and in particular, sofas, that are oversized and cocooning are a must.
These are perfect for families and help create a relaxed ambience in any room.
Bean bags are now turning into sofas and brands such as Snug Sofa and Loaf have added “squidgy” sofas to their range.
These styles of sofas are ideal if you have little ones in your family!
Modular sofas are designed with curves in mind for unadulterated comfort, giving you the option to have oversized and enveloping furniture no matter how small your room is.
2. Wallpapered Bathrooms
This is a controversial subject with many a conversation had online about whether we can/should wallpaper bathrooms.
This is not a new trend and is probably one of the most popular ways to decorate a small downstairs WC or powder room.
The smallest rooms in the house are always the easiest rooms to get creative and wallpaper is the best way to show pattern, colour and texture.
Choose a really bold and bright pattern in a small bathroom and paint your cabinetry or bath in similar shades on the wallpaper.
3. Garden design is going from strength to strength
I am not a gardener; I cannot keep outdoor plants alive and rarely mow my lawn.
However, my garden blog posts are often my most-read articles because people love ideas for their gardens.
How we use our gardens has been a huge subject over the last couple of years with many of us zoning our outdoor space with areas for eating, entertaining and relaxing at the weekend.
Our gardens have now become an integral part of our home interior design.
The top garden design trends for 2023 include –
- Cottage-style gardens – letting our garden go wild with plenty of colourful and fragrant flowers and rustic elements like growing plants in old wheelbarrows
- Mediterranean style gardens – with our climate changing and our gardens becoming a bit more water scarce in the summer months, Med gardens are the perfect design. Olive trees, herbs and gravelled courtyards look fabulous without having to worry about watering.
- Going vertical – as house prices rise and a move to an idyllic countryside home with a huge garden becomes increasingly out of reach, we are making use of all the space we have in our small gardens. Pergolas, gazebos and trellises can help zone our spaces and hanging baskets and planter boxes on walls help cover up unsightly walls and fences.
- Rewilding – we are swapping our manicured lawns for meadows. Mowing less (music to my ears), planting meadow-friendly flowers and leaving areas of lawn untouched for the nature around us
- Using more tropical plants – I love having ferns, palms and exotic-looking plants in my garden, that’s if they are able to survive! Tree ferns have become extremely popular and palms are easy to look after. Just add a pina colada and a sunbed
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4. The return of separate dining rooms
If you’ve got enough space that is! I like the idea of a separate dining room, but I think it really depends on your home situation.
We moved a few times whilst our children were young and if we were ever lucky enough to have a separate dining room, we turned it into a playroom.
However, my kids are now a little more grown up, so I like the idea of a separate dining room.
I love having an open-plan kitchen and diner, but there is something appealing about having a dedicated, intimate place to have family meals and dinner parties.
With our open-plan kitchen, the dining room has always had to integrate with the décor of the kitchen.
A separate dining room would be a fantastic place to get creative with texture, pattern and creating cosy corners with the latest home decor colour trends.
5. Hideaway home offices
We may have all returned to work after Covid and lockdown, but “hybrid working” (where employees split their time between the office and home) is still much higher than before the pandemic.
It has been reported that 47% of American workers and 58% of UK workers prefer the hybrid working model and want to continue with flexible hours and locations.
Furniture that has multiple uses is ideal for hideaway offices. Cabinets can be folded down to create a desk space and writing bureaus are becoming a popular choice in the bedroom.
With the increase in popularity of home organising and storage, desks that fold away or shelving units that can become a desk, shelf and storage unit all in one will continue to evolve and increase in demand.
This will be one of the top interior trends for 2023
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6. Ocean Colours and Sea Inspired
Now, this is a trend that I am 100% behind. I have always loved the sea and being on the beach, I think this is why blue and green are my favourite colours to use in the home.
Are accent walls in style? Absolutely. Accent walls are perfect for adding wallpaper and getting creative with your home interior design, so this trend is perfect.
This year’s nod to the ocean doesn’t just centre around colours either. Wavy stripes, curved patterns and animals and plants that are found in the sea are all making an appearance in fabric, wallpapers and soft furnishings.
Being near the sea and hearing the waves crashing is known to be good for our well-being, so introducing all things associated with the ocean will help us feel calm and relaxed in our homes.
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7. Spa Style
Continuing with the calm and relaxing vibe of our homes, Spa-like interiors will see a huge surge in popularity in 2023.
Our homes have become our own private sanctuaries over the last couple of years, so why not create spaces that are good for our well-being and mental health?
This isn’t just confined to our bathrooms either.
Using calm and neutral colours, with a sprinkling of sage greens is the perfect way to start.
Adding wooden textures in the form of panelling or panelled furniture with reclaimed wood can give a rustic, natural feel which is perfect with green tones.
Adding low shelving with lighting (highlighting under the shelves with soft LED lights is a good idea) with oversized candles will create a spa ambience to your home.
Create table centrepieces with foliage, pebbles and candles and display books on well-being and nature.
You can’t create a spa-like feel to your home if it smells of wet dogs and dinner.
Diffusers and candles are the best way to provide this with my favourite being The Atomiser by Aromatherapy Associates. The Pure Essential Oils used leave the most relaxing and long-lasting scent.
Everyone who comes into our home when we have the diffuser on always comments on how our house smells like a spa!
8. Curves and Arches
Not only are we seeing curves in the form of waves in patterns, but we are also seeing curves and arches appearing in the very fabric of our homes.
Creating arches and curves with the latest home decor colour trends can provide an eclectic backdrop in our home interior design.
Arched doorways into another room help our homes flow better and replace the harshness of rectangular doors.
If you can’t afford the expense of changing the structural elements of your home, think about painting arches around your doorways or as painted colour blocks.
Circular rugs and curved pieces of furniture are an easier way to introduce curves into your home and are ideal for smaller spaces.
No more banging your legs on sharp corners or tripping over the corner of a rug on your way into a room.
9. Original Ceramics
Buying local and from small businesses has never been more important.
Society is increasingly moving away from fast fashion and fast design and buying items that are vintage, sustainable, and good quality are not only better for our bank balance in the long run, but they also help us to find our true interior style.
Buying ceramics that have been locally made and hand crafted will provide a unique piece for your home.
These can be anything from vases to mugs, to kitchenware. Each item will have a unique texture and will tell an individual story, which will last you for many years to come.
Look to buy ceramics in rust and terracotta shades, the perfect colour trend for 2023.
10. Oversized light fittings and wall lights
Wall lights are high on the list of interior trends for 2023.
Nobody likes the Big Light in the living room, so wall lights are the perfect alternative to brightening up your lounge in the evening but keeping that intimate feel.
Wall lights are perfect for lighting up a corner of your home, artwork or a feature wall painted in the latest home decor colour trend.
Even though most of us don’t tend to use the big light in the living room, we can still make a feature out of the light fitting.
We rarely turn our light on in the living room but have the most beautiful light fixture from sofa.com taking centre stage!
With oversized light fittings becoming all the rage in 2023, go for the biggest light fitting the room will allow.
2023 will also be a year for exaggerated sizes and a bit of fun, so think about replacing those old and dusty lamps.
Go for oversized lamp shades in spheres, globes or cones and mismatch the colours on the shade and base.
Lighting in your home is extremely important, so try not to overlook it and make it a fabulous statement!
11. Reds, Terracotta and Paprika
Pantone, Benjamin Moore and Graham and Brown all named a red-toned colour as their colour of the year for 2023.
Red is a brave colour to use in the home, but if you choose a softer shade in the red family, like rust, terracotta and paprika, it can bring warmth and personality to your home interior design.
Red is not often seen in home decor colour trends, but they are an exciting shade to use with calming neutral colours.
The home decor colour trends for 2023 have been described as “Sunset hues” and can help us feel reenergized and refreshed, ready to face the day.
Pair these colours with soft yellows, warm beige and muddy pinks to create your own little sunset in your home.
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12. Move away from perfect
For the last decade or so, perfectly aesthetic interiors have been inspired by social media and in particular, Instagram.
Our homes became showcases of our style and wouldn’t look out of place on the cover of a magazine.
But it is so hard to keep up with and is neither sustainable nor good for the planet.
Over the last 5 years or so, I lost my sense of style as I chased the latest trends or tried to keep up with social media home décor accounts that were popular and growing in size.
I started using colours and buying furniture and items for my home I wouldn’t necessarily have bought if it wasn’t for social media.
One of the most important interior trends for 2023 is slow living and style.
It doesn’t matter if we have the latest velvet colour on our sofas or the current furniture design. 2023 is all about sustainability and making the best of what we already have.
Upcycling, shopping our home (where we move items to different rooms to give it a new lease of life) and swapping items with friends and family will truly make a happy home.
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Trends come and go but I think there are a lot of trends here that are already in your home or will last for many years to come.
What trend will you use in your home?
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