Over the past few years, many of us have spent
extra time at home—and that means we appreciate the personal design touches
that make a house cozy and comfortable more than ever. Some of us have adapted
our dwellings in new ways, from creating functional home offices to upgrading the
appliances we use most.
But while it’s important to make your home
your own, it’s also smart to think about the long-term impact your renovations
could have on its value. Choosing highly-personalized fixtures and finishes can
make it harder for future homebuyers to envision themselves in the space. Even
if you don’t plan to sell your home soon, investing in popular design choices
that are likely to stand the test of time will make things easier down the
And if you’re in the market for a new home,
it’s wise to keep an eye out for features that might need to be updated soon so
you can factor renovation costs into your budget.
We’ve rounded up six trends that we think will
influence interior design in 2023, as well as ideas for how you might incorporate
them in your own home. Remember, before taking action, it’s always wise to
consult with a real estate professional to understand how specific updates and
upgrades will affect your property’s value in your local market.
1. Separate Kitchen, Dining and Living Areas
For years, home design has been dominated by
open-concept floor plans, particularly for kitchen, dining, and living areas.
However, as the pandemic forced families to work and study from home, many
struggled to find the privacy and separation they needed. As a result,
designers report that more families are choosing to bring back kitchen and
dining room walls to break up the space and create quieter areas.1
That doesn’t mean that we’re returning to an
era of dark and cramped spaces, however. Even as walls make a return, it’s
important to take care to retain a sense of flow and openness within the home
and to prioritize natural light.
If you’re buying or building a new home,
consider how you will use the space and whether or not an open floor plan will
suit your needs. If you already live in a home with an open floor plan and it
isn’t working for you, try rearranging furniture and strategically placing
pieces like bookshelves, room dividers, or rugs to create distinct areas within
the home and reduce noise.
- Nature-Inspired Design
In the past few years, we’ve seen the
“biophilia” trend explode, and there are no signs that it will be any less
popular in 2023.2 This trend is all about bringing the outside in by
adding natural touches throughout your home.
This year, design experts predict that
natural, sustainable materials like bamboo, cork, and live-edge wood will lend
character without being overwhelming. Wooden kitchen cabinets and islands will
become more common in 2023, with white oak and walnut among the most popular
choices.3,4 Wood will also appear in bathroom vanities and shelving
and furniture throughout the home.
Colors inspired by nature (think mossy greens
and desert tones) will also play into this trend and will blend seamlessly with
wood tones. We’re also seeing a return to natural stone countertop materials
like quartzite, marble, dark leathered granite, and soapstone.4,5
If you’re planning to add new shelving or redo
your kitchen, consider turning to these materials to embrace the biophilic
look. Or, incorporate elements of the trend by choosing nature-inspired paint
colors and adding to your houseplant collection.
3. Lighting as a Design Feature
Spending more time at home has shown us the
importance of having the right lighting for specific tasks and times of the
day. As a result, many homeowners are reconsidering the ways they light their
homes and using light fixtures to change the usability and mood of their
In particular, homeowners are rejecting
bright, flat overhead lighting and replacing it with lamps and task-specific
options. A layered approach to lighting—such as using a combination of
under-cabinet, task, and ambient lighting in a kitchen—enables homeowners to
tweak the level of light they’re using based on the time of day and what they
In 2023, we expect to see more statement
chandeliers, pendants, and wall sconces in a variety of shapes and materials.6
Thinking about switching up the lighting in your home? Start by adding
floor or table lamps and swapping out fixtures before you invest in rewiring
your space. Take note of what works and what doesn’t and watch how the light in
your home changes throughout the day. You can then use that information to make
lighting decisions that require a bigger investment.
4. More Vibrant Color Palettes
After the long dominance of whites and grays,
more vibrant colors are coming back as a way to add character and dimension to
This year, warm and earthy neutrals, jewel
tones, and shades of red and pink are particularly popular.7,8 If
your style tends toward the subtle, consider options like light, calming
greens, blues, and pastels.
Major paint brands have responded to these homeowner
preferences with their newest releases. Benjamin Moore’s 2023 color of the
year, Raspberry Blush, is a lively shade of pinkish coral, while Sherwin
William is embracing warm neutrals with Redend Point, a blushing beige.9,10
Behr’s choice of the year, Blank Canvas, is a creamy off-white that's a
warmer version of the stark whites that have been trending over the past few
If you’re planning to put your home on the
market soon, it’s better to play on the safer side and avoid extremely bold or
bright color choices when it comes to paint or fixed finishes like tile and
countertops. Instead, try incorporating pops of color through throw pillows,
art, and accessories.
5. Curved Furniture and Architectural Accents
Goodbye, sharp corners. In 2023, arches and
curves lend a sleek feel that draws on classical design and retro trends while
remaining modern.5,8 Rounded corners feel more relaxed and natural
than sharp edges, lending more of a sense of flow and comfort to a home.
If you want to incorporate the trend into your
new build or remodeling plans, curved kitchen islands and bars and arched
alcoves are all good options—or you can take it a step further with arched
windows and doorways. You can also carry this trend through to your light
fixtures by incorporating a bubble chandelier or globe pendants.
It’s easy to embrace this look without
renovations, too. Look for a softer feel in furniture, with sofas, chairs, and
tables that showcase curved edges. Or, break up your space with an arched
folding screen and a circular rug.
6. Art Deco Revival
Art Deco, the architecture and design style that took hold in the 1920s and ’30s, is enjoying a resurgence.12
As a style, Art Deco is marked by bold geometry, textures, and colors, as well as an emphasis on art. But the 2023
interpretation of this style is likely to be a bit less splashy than its
historical roots. Designers predict that instead of incorporating all of the
elements of the style, which could feel overwhelming, homeowners will pick
bursts of color or bold accessories to bring some whimsy to their space.
Keep an eye out for vintage mirrors, lamps, or
vases that bring a touch of Art Deco glam to your home, or embrace bold colors
and fabrics like velvet. Choose pillows and throw blankets in bright colors and
geometric patterns to nod to the look without diving in all the way.
DESIGNED TO SELL
Are you thinking about remodeling or making
significant design changes to your home? Wondering how those changes might
impact your future resale value?
Buyer preferences vary significantly based on your home’s neighborhood and price range. We’re happy to share our insights on
the upgrades that will make it easier (or more difficult!) to sell your home.
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The above references an opinion and is
for informational purposes only. It is
not intended to be financial, legal, or tax advice. Consult the appropriate
professionals for advice regarding your individual needs.
1. US News and World Report - https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/slideshows/interior-design-trends-for-2023?slide=2
2. Architectural Digest -
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5. The Spruce -
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8. Good Housekeeping - https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/decorating-ideas/g42084756/interior-design-trends-2023/
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