Design Forecast: the top 5 interior design trends for 2023

I love this time of the year and all the renewed energy and optimism that comes with starting fresh for the new year. For me it’s a chance to reflect on what’s been, and to look ahead at what’s to come before we get too caught up in busy schedules and everyday life.

One thing I love doing as we kick-start the year, is to delve into the latest design forecasts and trend reports.  Whilst I’m not a big believer in blindly following trends because they can often be short-lived, I like to consolidate the ideas and elements that we’ve seen consistently in home interiors and consider what we expect to see more of in the coming year and beyond.

With another year of COVID-related disruption and challenges behind us, it’s no surprise that we look at our homes so differently to how we did in pre-covid times.  As a result, we are increasingly wanting our homes to be our haven, seeking more warmth, comfort and tranquillity in our spaces. And that desire is the major influence we see leading interior design trends for 2023.

So here is our design forecast and pick of the top 5 interior design trends for 2023 and beyond….

1. Get organic

This is another design movement that we will continue to see feature strongly in interiors this year.

No doubt you’ve already noticed the soft, organic shapes coming through in architecture and furniture – with archways, gently curved walls and bench tops, and curvaceous sofas and armchairs.  The organic trend also comes in natural finishes such as stone, timber, aged brass, and textured finishes such as rough plastered walls, handmade tiles and linen accessories. We love seeing more rustic, raw elements, and a greater acceptance and celebration of the imperfect.

PRO TIP: consider adding textured finishes to your interiors, such as linen cushions or throws, or some handmade wooden bowls, for a simple way to add relaxed, organic vibes.

2. Connect to nature

With our innate human tendency to seek connections with nature and our natural environment, we see biophilia and nature continue to grow in interior design (excuse the pun😉) Whether it is by increasing the natural light in our homes, the addition of indoor plants or closely integrating outdoor spaces with our interior spaces.

Plus with so many technological advancements we are seeing more and more materials, finishes and furniture that can sustain the harsher outdoor environment, which has given us the opportunity to make our outdoor spaces just as stylish and comfortable as the rest of our home.

PRO TIP:  the easiest way to integrate this design trend into your home is by adding plenty of house plants to your spaces. Plus create zones in your outdoor areas to sit and enjoy your surrounds.

3. Eclectic maximalism

As we embrace the imperfect, we’ll also be looking to mix things up and bring more personality and character to our homes – less white, less minimalist and more personality!   Don’t feel constrained by a particular design style and instead look to add unique items that bring you joy – whether that’s an antique mirror you picked up in a flea market, something memorable you got on your travels, or an old bowl or vase passed down by Grandma, it’s time to bring them out and incorporate them into your décor.

PRO TIP: consider how you can tie eclectic items or styles together to keep your home feeling harmonious and purposeful.  A good rule of thumb is 70:20:10 – 70% of one style, 20% of another and then a few accents to make up the balance.

4. Sustainable design

This is one societal movement that is not going away any time soon! Greater awareness of the impact our choices have on the environment continues to drive us to source more locally and sustainably.  Consider hand-crafted, upcycled, or vintage items, rather than mass-produced products and not only will you help the environment, but you’ll also likely add more personality and interest to your home. Trying to use materials made from natural fibres rather than synthetics and embracing quality over quantity will also ensure that we’re not looking to replace items so frequently and adding to land fill.

PRO TIP: think quality over quantity when you are making your furniture purchases – spending a little more up front for quality products will ensure you have the item for the long term, and you can reduce your impact on the environment just that little bit more.

5. More colour

As we seek out more warmth and comfort in our homes, we are seeing white and grey colour schemes being replaced by more colour – from warmer neutrals to muted sagey greens, dirty blues and soft terracotta, to stronger accent colours such as deep blue, burnt orange and mustard. Take your pick, but know that mood-boosting colour is IN!  For more about the Dulux colour palettes for 2023, check out our blog article here

PRO TIP:  if you’re not ready to get the paint brush out, the easiest way to add some colour to your home is with accessories.  Look to add some colour and warmth with new scatter cushions and a throw, or a pop of bold colour from an ornament or vase.    

I hope you’re feeling excited about these interior design trends for 2023 and how you can implement them in your home!

And remember – you don’t have to go all-out to make your home look and feel fresh. By simply integrating some on-trend accessories and décor, you can make an impact.

If any of these ideas have gotten your creative juices flowing and you’d like some help to freshen up your home, we’d love to help! You can book a complimentary 20min Discovery Call by simply clicking here.

Anna x