Interior design is ever-evolving, changing from day to day and year to year. The past few years have kept us home and impacted how we view our spaces, leading to shifts in design style preferences—from modern and neutral to vintage and bright. After all, a home should feel “homey,” right? As we make our way into 2023, it’s interesting to consider what the new trends might be. To explore this further, we asked Amy Leferink, founder and principal designer of Interior Impressions, to share her interior trend predictions for this year.
Color is in! “Neutrals will still stand strong but will be increasingly complemented by bold prints and rich color,” she says. People want exciting color schemes in their social spaces, whether in a kitchen, dining room, or other common space. She expresses that “deeper, saturated colors and jewel tones” (think deep reds, sapphire blues, emerald greens, and topaz golds) are some of the most popular color choices.
Styles from decades past are coming back in trend, and people are opting for a mix of timeless favorites and contemporary styles to create a personalized look that spans design eras and is custom to each home. “Think vintage mixed with modern, or midcentury-inspired styles paired with Scandinavian or farmhouse designs,” she says. “This is the new ‘Reimagined Classic.’”
Texture, Texture, Texture
Leferink explains how the COVID-19 pandemic deprived us of one of our most intimate senses: touch. Because of this, humans want to restimulate the feeling of touch through ways never experienced before, adding not just physical texture to their homes, but visual as well. Details like wood paneling, lime-washed walls, and plastered hoods are becoming design staples because of their seamless incorporation of texture. She says, “Designers are also going to incorporate this with furniture selections and specifications, adding velvets and rich, upholstered fabrics—providing layers of texture everywhere you look.”
Sustainability is a top-of-mind issue among designers and clients alike, with the understanding that everything we do has an impact on the environment. “One unexpected development with mushrooms is rising in importance,” she says. “Brands such as 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 transitioning away from big-box manufactured furnishings that contain plastics, polymers, and foam, and instead are incorporating quality made furnishings, handcrafted goods, and vintage pieces.
Social Spaces Take Priority
“The way we socialize and live is constantly changing,” Leferink explains. Many people now are choosing to host gatherings at home rather than going out, and making guests feel at home when they visit is a top priority. She says, “Clients want entertainment-focused rooms that offer versatile seating, performance fabrics, and flexible entertainment options.” This means we can expect more in-home bar areas, theaters, and larger dining spaces that offer good flow both indoors and outdoors for both large and intimate gatherings.
The spathroom—a spa-inspired bathroom—”was a bit of an interior design inevitability,” she states, “influenced by the increasing popularity of small self-care spaces within the home.” Cue: Gwyneth Paltrow. Her fully operational, in-home spa changed the “self-care” game, and the trend only continues to grow 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’s next!”