Interior design is constantly evolving, changing from day to day and year to year. The last few years have allowed us to stay at home and have impacted the way we perceive our spaces, leading to shifts in design style preferences, from modern and neutral to vintage and bright. After all, a home should feel “friendly”, right? As we move forward into 2023, it’s interesting to consider what the new trends might be. To dig deeper into this question, we asked Amy Leferink, Founder and Principal Designer of Interior Impressions, to share her interior trend predictions for this year.
The color is in! “Neutrals will remain strong but will increasingly be complemented by bold prints and rich colors,” she says. People want exciting color combinations in their social spaces, whether in a kitchen, dining room, or any other common area. She expresses that “deeper, saturated colors and jewel tones” (think deep reds, sapphire blues, emerald greens, and topaz golds) are among the most popular color choices.
Styles from decades past are coming back into style, and people are opting for a mix of timeless favorites and contemporary styles to create a custom look that spans design eras and is personalized for every home. “Think vintage mixed with modern or mid-century inspired styles paired with Scandinavian or farmhouse designs,” she says. “It’s the new ‘classic reinvented’.”
Texture, Texture, Texture
Leferink explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has robbed us of one of our most intimate senses: touch. For this reason, humans want to restimulate the sensation of touch in ways never experienced before, not only adding physical texture to their homes, but also visually. Details such as wood paneling, whitewashed walls, and plaster hoods become design staples due to their seamless incorporation of texture. She says, “Designers will also incorporate this into furniture selections and specifications, adding velvets and rich, upholstered fabrics, providing layers of texture everywhere you look.
Sustainability is a priority issue for designers and clients, knowing that everything we do has an impact on the environment. “An unexpected development with mushrooms is gaining momentum,” she says. “Brands like Mylo Unleather are making waves and getting us excited about the possibilities mushrooms offer as an ethical and sustainable alternative to animal skin.” People are moving away from mass-produced furniture that contains plastics, polymers, and foam, and instead incorporating quality furniture, handcrafted products, and vintage pieces.
Social spaces are a priority
“The way we socialize and live is constantly changing,” says Leferink. Many people are now choosing to hold meetings at home rather than going out, and making guests feel at home when visiting is a top priority. She says, “Customers want entertainment-focused rooms that offer versatile seating, performance fabrics and flexible entertainment options. This means we can expect more home bars, theaters and larger dining spaces that provide good circulation both indoors and outdoors for large and intimate gatherings.
The bathroom – a spa-inspired bathroom – “was a bit inevitable when it comes to interior design,” she says, “influenced by the growing popularity of small personal care spaces within the House”. Witness: Gwyneth Paltrow. Her fully operational home spa has changed the game of “self-care,” and the trend is only growing in popularity. Spathrooms incorporate design elements such as floor-to-ceiling marble, bathroom fireplaces, steam showers, and a variation of dimmable lighting options. Leferink says, “This is a trend to watch, and we can’t wait to see what happens next!”