Every year I like to take a look at the buzz among interior designers, architects, and home builders about what they see as the trends for the new year as it relates to interior design. Since 2020 I've encapsulated it into a mood board that I refer to throughout the year as a way to check in out of curiosity while following trends and as a way to guide my designs for my clients. Every client is definitely different, but there are always elements that you can draw on to keep your spaces fresh and up to date without compromising your true design style, Keep reading to find out my view of interior design trends for 2023.
But first, here is a look at the last 2 years...
One year deep into the pandemic left us all hoping for a calm, orderly existence. Comfort and style were scrutinized and we wanted a home that was restful with elements from the outdoors brought inside in our furnishings, accessories, and easy-breezy window treatments.
2022 began with a continued focus toward comfort with modern furnishings, textured walls and wall coverings, homey art, fun lighting, and warmth throughout including our flooring.
The 2022 color palette began with soft pale neutrals, then as the year progressed it turned to darker neutrals and moody tones. Mid-year I changed up my trend board to contrast the light and airy trends with Steampunk style which trends darker and more toward maximalism.
I won't make you wait any longer. Here it comes - 2023 whether you are ready or not!
I picked 5 focus areas to concentrate on what is coming:
Curves - Not just for the voluptuous! Furniture, lighting, and accessories will boast large round contours that either envelope you in a comfortable bubble or send you figuratively in a spin.
Sustainability - We need to focus on our world and find ways to retain resources. Reusing materials, upcycling, repurposing, mindful and responsible manufacturing, and even using nature only when it is abundant. (I've been looking for ways to reuse all those pine needles at our cottage, but I'll leave making artful bowls like the one pictured to the experts!)
Old Meets New - What better way to reuse/recycle/repurpose then to bring in a few old, well loved pieces along with the newer items. You'll get a much better livable look that won't go out of style so quickly. On top of helping the world, you are building your own personal style. Who else has Grama's old side table and Uncle Fred's Mid-Century media cabinet?
Patterns and Textures - I've heard it said that Maximalism is trending. I don't think that applies, or should apply, to everyone. Adding pattern and texture, however, should. Without pattern and texture, your rooms will look flat and untouchable. Patterns can be found in fabrics, tile placement, murals, and more. The same can be said of textures. Have fun, remember to repeat 1 or 2 times throughout the room, but know when to stop. It can be tricky to pull off a highly patterned theme without adding chaos and stress, but you can have fun experimenting.
A Burst of Color - Let's not forget color! Be bold. Use what you like. If it turns out you picked an overpowering color you can't handle, either repaint or add loads of white in other elements to lighten it up. Try to stick to 2-3 main colors in any one space adding neutrals, woods, and metals to bring it all together. If one room has a burst of a certain color in a large area, try using the same color or shades of it in an adjoining room on smaller pieces. Remember that lighting will play a major role in how your colors work, so ask an expert (me!) if you need some assistance.
I hope this helped give you some inspiration as we move into 2023. The possibilities are endless. Don't let that overwhelm you. I can help you bring responsible style and comfort to your home whether you own or rent. I will guide you through the process and provide you with a design you'll love. Feel free to contact me via email, phone, or my contact form on this website.
From Autumn Light Interiors and yours truly, Brenda,
I, Brenda Szarek, am the founder of Autumn Light Interiors. I have immersed myself in home design and problem solving for years and have creative solutions for all kinds of interior design dilemmas. I hope you enjoy my tips, tricks, trends, and inspiration to help you find your way to a well-designed, comfortable, and functional home you can be excited to live in and welcome others within.