2023 Interior Design Trends
This guide is part of our Overstock Stylist Commentary series, home design tips written by industry experts.
In 2023, we’re seeing the carryover of curves, wellness, multipurpose spaces, and art deco. In this guide, Overstock’s Style Director Amber Dunford reports the new home trends she sees surfacing this year and how to bring them home.
Authenticity & Meaningful Objects
This trend embraces creating spaces for the sake of happiness by including decor elements that feel special and personal. We all find pieces throughout our life that resonate with us for different reasons, it may be a vintage heirloom passed down from a relative or a new chair upholstered in the same fabric you remembering curling up on as a child. New or old, furniture and decor has the ability to tell a story and reflect our personality. Our homes should echo our unique sense of self and allow us to feel the most authentic version of who we are.
I personally love the eclectic mix of layering in a vintage piece of decor or furniture with a newly purchased piece. It helps your space feel warm, lived-in, and personal, which not only feels nice for you, but welcoming to guests. Our homes are a reflection of our inner world, so don’t be afraid to include elements that highlight your personality or allow you to share a meaningful story with those who interact with your space. Good design should spark conversation and offer us a stronger sense of self.
Humans tend to feel at ease and more relaxed when surrounded by nature, so it makes perfect sense to include materials and shapes into our homes that one might find outside.
To best pull off this timeless trend, look for features like rough-hewn stone that has nice movement and veining to it, furniture constructed with untreated woods or finished in a low sheen stain, and un-lacquered brass that will gain a beautiful patina over time the more it interacts with the oils from your skin. Marble and travertine are having a great design moment in general and showing up on larger pieces like dining tables (including the top and base), as consoles, or as statement bedside tables.
When stone or wood is found in nature, it’s never perfectly symmetrical or without imperfections, so embrace these shapes and features when looking for furniture or decor. Curved shapes in a sofa, bed frame, or mirrors can replicate some of the naturally occurring geometry we would find in nature. As a bonus, curves tend to elicit a serene energy, as humans rate spaces with more curves as being more quiet and calming.
Many paint brands opted for a warmer palette when calling out their 2023 paint colors of the year. There seems to be a calming energy to many of the emerging colors, with muted chalkier paint hues from the warmer side of the color wheel being used on walls. These colors also act as an easy base color for layering in more vibrant hues via artwork, textiles, or decor as we transition into warmer months throughout the year.
With a resurgence of the 70’s aesthetic making it’s way into interiors, colors like the natural brown tones, camels, and taupes that are staples to this era will hang nicely with these warmer colors. In my opinion, we will see a more modernized version of the 70’s as we marry these softer blush and greige hues with the earthy colors of this period.
Warm toned woods are another great way to experiment with bringing this palette into your space. Medium toned woods like oak or walnut will give you that warmth, and can be used as flooring, on cabinets, or through exposed framework on larger furniture pieces. Anchor your space with a rich copper or earthy brown rug, an untreated leather ottoman or chair and some blush toned art or accessories and you’ve got a great start to pulling off this warm color trend.
After so many years of neutral color palette homes, I think we are ready to introduce some moodier and richer hues into our spaces. Inky blues, leafy forest greens, and deep reddish-browns act as great backdrops providing a luxe vibe to the home. For spring, consider anchoring spaces with leafy forest greens next to watery mints and citrus greens for a bright balance in a monochromatic color scheme.
During warmer weather months, use of these deeper hues should still feel uplifting and offer a sense of renewal for the new year, staying away from the more muted colors you might find in fall or winter. Look for darker shades that have a bit of brightness to them or textiles that allow for a little sheen like velvet or satin.
We are getting away from the traditional all-white kitchens, and moving into warmer colors and woods to help these spaces feel like an extension of the rest of our home. Darker woods on cabinets, butcher block surfaces, and aged cabinet hardware in brass or copper are a few ways to warm up your kitchen. I also wouldn’t shy away from extending decor into this part of the home.
Bring in artwork, find a small lamp to sit on your counter, and put your cookbooks on display to bring in the same level of styling you’d expect to see throughout the home.
Larger kitchen islands are another trend we’ll see more of. These can be used for everyday eating and food prep, but also work great as a dining table option for small gatherings or informal cozy meals together.
“as the name suggests, Japandi is a mix of Japanese and Scandinavian styles. Japandi embraces the philosophy of wabi-sabi, a way of life which values slow living, contentment, and simplicity, along with honoring imperfections. This philosophy is married with the Scandinavian practice of hygge, which embraces comfort, coziness, and wellbeing. You can capture this trend with natural materials, simple styling, and neutral color palettes paired with soft hues in greens and blushes.
The microluxury trend is about finding moments of luxury in your space, whether that’s making an entire room feel glamorous, or introducing a few luxurious pieces into your home. You can style this trend through elements such as eye-catching lighting, luxe textures in bedding, a spa-like bathroom, a beautiful tablescape, or a specialty appliance in the kitchen. The idea here is going big on style without breaking the bank.
Designer Laundry & Mudrooms
Practical spaces like laundry or mudrooms should feel styled and get similar attention to detail just as much as any other space in our home. In some cases, they may warrant even more attention as they are often the more highly used areas of the home. Think about upgrading every day utilitarian elements like wall hooks or shelving, this will help these areas feel more thoughtful and chic. Wooden shelving or cabinetry paired with beautiful hardware or brass wall hooks can be an instant upgrade to these areas. Adding plant life, artwork, and stylish pendants or sconces are the finishing details that help your laundry or mudroom feel extra special.
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