Throughout my career I’ve loved following the changes in interior design trends and styles. It’s usually a slow process as only a few themes really connect to emerge and expand into the market, always driven by a common feeling that a particular style is right for the times we live in. But these last few years in the pandemic have been like ultra slow-motion, with many of us staring at the walls and examining our homes in tiny detail. There’s a backlog of ideas waiting to explode and some powerful themes that are going to trend in 2023. Here’s what I think you’re going to see in 2023 interior design trends, and much of it is here to stay.
1 - The return of color to interiors
With the grey days of pandemic and lockdown finally behind us, 2023 will see an explosion of joyful creativity with big trends around new color palettes, fine patterns, and exquisite furniture design. At the end of last year, Pantone set the theme for 2023 with the announcement of their Color of the Year, the frankly delicious Viva Magenta 18-1750 – a beautiful, rich, cheerful tone with a fullness of crimson and depths of indigo. Cautious neutral tones will still be there, but as a canvas for great color; not primary but nuanced pastel shades of yellows, pinks, blues and plenty of greens. Expect to see pops of fresh colors enlivening swathes of wood and stone using paint, tiles and soft furnishings – anything. I’m really looking forward to bringing back a little joy.
2- More structure and clean lines through the home
3- The influence of glorious nature in design
4 - The return of the craftsman and artisan
5- Focus on art and antiques in interior design
6 - Biophilia - new spaces for calm living
Biophilia, means an innate affinity for humans with nature. During lockdown many people embraced nature, for want of something to do, and discovered the simple joy it can bring. Even I somehow developed a green thumb and now love my plants! Biophilia has been a growing décor trend in interiors for a few years, and has now risen to the front alongside a desire for sustainable materials. Forget the tricks of smart technology to enhance the mood of a living room – the future is about letting nature calm the soul with plants, waterflows, natural stone and woods. It’s more than a few sticks of bamboo, there will be cocooning real wood panelling, exciting, bold marbles and, of course, plenty of plants, all aimed at bringing the spirit of nature inside the home.