With a new year beginning, I have scouted out the 2023 home decorating trends and design styles to share with you. I love taking a look at each year’s interior design trends — especially the ones I think will last beyond the next few months. And, happily, most of the home decor ideas on this list should stand the test of time, making them easier to adopt.
Before we get into the interior design trends for 2023, as always, I recommend decorating your home in a way that makes you feel great. So don’t feel like you have to adopt these ideas if they don’t resonate with you or work with the style of your home. In fact, I don’t think it’s a great idea to jump on every new home trend that comes along.
However, you can’t go wrong in taking a look at the current design trends and styles, because it expands your awareness of what’s out there. I’ve found that when I look at my spaces with a fresh perspective, I can often repurpose pieces I already own to create a brand new look.
What are the top home decor trends for 2023?
In the coming year, we’ll see an interesting mix of new and returning trends. Some of the most popular interior design trends for 2023 include the return of bold color, natural stone surfaces, closed floor plans, mixed metal finishes, luxe living, statement lighting, and 60s and 70s influences — particularly in furniture design.
Several themes are appearing for interiors, with “elevated” being one of the keywords for 2023, and you’ll see that concept woven throughout this list. Luxurious looks, sumptuous fabrics, and understated elegance are in — no matter what decorating style you prefer.
While the decorating trends for 2023 are a varied bunch, they all have the potential to bring a sense of beauty, comfort, and style to your home in the coming year.
What furniture is in style for 2023?
Due to manufacturing and shipping delays over the past couple of years, furniture styles for 2023 will tend to overlap the trends from last year. That means we’re still seeing plenty of curvy shapes and nubby fabrics, as well as rattan and cane, boucle’ and sherpa, light wood and burl wood finishes.
While curvy, rounded, and slope-armed furniture is still on trend, many interior designers are ready to say goodbye to the curved furniture styles of 2021 and 2022, favoring a return to more streamlined, classic furniture silhouettes in 2023 and beyond.
In addition, if you’re buying a large piece of furniture in 2023, such as a sofa or bed, you might want to choose timeless fabric options like linen, cotton, performance weaves, or velvet — rather than boucle’ or sherpa — as I think the popularity of nubby fabrics in upholstery will wane in the next year or two.
If you really love the look of boucle’ and sherpa, you can still bring that look into your home via pillows, benches, throws, or ottomans instead.
Is farmhouse style out for 2023?
While modern farmhouse decor is still extremely popular, in 2023 we’ll continue to see this style evolve into a more refined look, borrowing aspects from modern European, Belgian farmhouse, coastal, and Scandinavian styles. This elevated version of modern farmhouse style shows no signs of slowing down in the coming year.
However, the original version of modern farmhouse style from a few years ago no longer feels current. Even Chip and Joanna are doing something much more sophisticated these days!
With the addition of luxurious textures, interesting shapes, natural elements, and a mix of vintage and modern pieces, farmhouse style is maturing into a classic, timeless aesthetic.
What interior design styles are trending for 2023?
In 2023 interiors will increasingly become less about what’s trendy and more about personal expression. Rather than certain trends increasing or declining, we’re seeing different design styles merging.
For example, modern minimalist style typically incorporates clean lines, neutrals, and black elements; while maximalist style favors layered textures, color, and vintage pieces. However, we see both design perspectives embracing the use of natural materials, such as wood, stone, wool, linen, and rattan, as well as many other trends on this list.
With the lines between different decorating styles blurring, you’re welcome to create your own take on any decorating style you prefer, leading to a more personal approach to interior design and home decor in 2023.
Trend 1. Luxe living
Luxurious living and an elevated mindset are where things are headed in 2023, and you’ll see that idea reflected throughout all of the trends on this list.
Fine living doesn’t have to mean fancy or expensive — it’s more about refinement and an elevated approach to how we decorate and live in our homes. It involves creating spaces that feel sumptuous, sophisticated, and timeless — however that looks for you.
The luxe look isn’t about glam, shiny, mirrored, or glitzy spaces. Rather, you’ll see rooms filled with warmth, calm and collected accents, plush cushioned seating, soft rugs, layered lighting, and pillows and throws in luxurious materials.
You might want to interpret this 2023 design style in a modern space via light neutral tones, clean-lined pieces, and sumptuous fabrics like silk, linen, and velvet. Take a look at Architectural Digest or the Restoration Hardware catalog for ideas and inspiration.
Or, you might embrace this trend via a more tailored space, incorporating layered textures, warm wood tones, rich colors, grid-patterned rugs, and luxurious pillows and throws. Think Ralph Lauren: understated, elegant, and classic with a modern twist.
While these two approaches to the luxe living trend are different, both incorporate natural elements, layered fabrics and textures, and an overall appreciation for the finer things of life. The key to a luxurious space is all about mastering the mix of timeless elegance and modern simplicity, creating a space that’s equally welcoming and sophisticated.
Trend 2. The Return of Color
After the past few years of non-stop neutrals, in 2023 we’ll see a return of color in home decor, paint colors, and bedding.
Tying in with the other home trends in this post, a luxurious palette of rich jewel tones, soothing greens, timeless blues, and warm earth tones will dominate in 2023.
And, if you saw my post on the Top Home Color Trends for 2023, you know that just about anything goes when it comes to color choices in the coming year.
You might decide to try this trend via wallpaper in the powder bath, a bold wall color in the home office, laundry room, or dining room, or simply by adding a few colorful accents to the living room.
Or, try layering your bedding with different colors, rather than just a monochromatic look. And, don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing different patterns, as well!
Trend 3. Natural stone finishes
Natural stone finishes are having a big moment — particularly materials that incorporate unexpected tones and patterns — and that trend will continue in 2023.
Some of the most popular stone elements include travertine, marble, exotic slabs of granite, soapstone, limestone, and other natural materials.
Other than stone coffee tables, countertops, backsplashes, and flooring, some ways to incorporate this trend in your home include handcrafted ceramics and pottery, artisanal clay vases, stoneware and dinnerware. Pieces that are imperfect and retain their natural charm and character are especially popular right now.
Zellige tile is also having a moment, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom. Zellige tiles are handcrafted from clay, and each one is unique, retaining variations in shimmer, depth and color tone, making them a favorite of interior designers.
Remember, there’s a certain charm and patina that comes with use of natural stone surfaces, so don’t be afraid of the scratches, dings, and stains that are an inevitable part of living in and enjoying your home.
Trend 4. Home Retreats
Tying in with the fine living trend, more than ever, people are making their homes feel like a retreat, with things like sumptuous sofas, plush cushions, luxurious bedding, spaces to do yoga or meditate, spa-like bathrooms, rock gardens, and quiet places to work becoming must-haves.
This trend is all about capturing the emotions of your favorite vacation spot — whether that’s a beach house, European villa, or cozy mountain lodge.
As we update our homes in 2023 and beyond, things like ambient lighting, sound, tactility, and designing indoor and outdoor spaces to encourage restoration and relaxation are becoming more important.
Some ways to make your home feel like an oasis include incorporating warm woods, breezy linen curtains, sumptuous sink-in furniture, and objects from your travels.
Trend 5. Closed floor plans
The growing popularity of working and learning from home means that open floor plans are losing their appeal, and in 2023 home design we’ll continue to see closed-concept spaces, with separate places to work, take Zoom calls, and do homework becoming more desirable.
Our last home had an open floor plan, with the entire living room, dining area, and kitchen in full view whenever someone walked in the front door. While that kind of home plan is great for family togetherness, it wasn’t ideal for our lifestyle. So, when we built our current house, we specifically chose a closed floor plan.
If your current home has an open floor plan and you’d like to create more division, you might try rearranging the furniture to help designate the different functions of each space — for example, placing the sofa with its back to the kitchen and dining area. You can also use screens to block off certain areas and create more privacy.
Trend 6. Mixed Metal Finishes
Mixing metals is a great way to add an interesting and contemporary look to the kitchen and bathroom. In 2023, expect designers and homeowners alike to embrace a combination of different metal finishes for fixtures and hardware.
The days of using one metal finish everywhere in the home are gone. Rather, it’s now very common to mix and match metal finishes – not only in the kitchen and bathroom — but throughout the home on surfaces like doorknobs, curtain rods, light fixtures, hinges, and more.
Whether you’re going for a chic, modern, timeless, or classic look, mixing metals adds visual interest to your home and is a look that will last through 2023 and beyond.
Trend 7. Statement Lighting
In 2023, interior designers and homeowners will trade traditional pendant lights for oversized light fixtures and lighting in interesting shapes.
We’ll see more oversized and large-scale lighting that acts as an overhead work of art. We’ll also see statement lighting in unique natural materials such as rattan, clay, ceramic, and earthenware fixtures.
A single dramatic pendant helps define a dining or living space, particularly in open concept homes. Not only does bold lighting catch your attention, it serves as a focal point for the room.
In the kitchen, consider using one statement pendant light over the kitchen island, rather than two or three. Another great idea for the kitchen is placing a small table lamp on your kitchen counter for ambiance and additional task lighting.
And, with the current popularity of luxurious, retreat-like homes, ambient lighting is becoming more popular than ever. Candles, floor lamps, Himalayan salt lamps, and table lamps help bring a warm, cozy feeling to any space.
Trend 8. Natural Materials
This look embraces organic materials such as wool, cotton, silk, rattan and clay in earth tones and warm neutrals.
And since natural materials never go out of style, over the last couple of years we’ve seen the use of natural materials in home decor grow to the point where it’s probably no longer a trend.
To bring the natural look to your home, focus on less faux and more real elements in your home. Look for furniture crafted from light or mid-toned woods and accent your spaces with natural rugs crafted in nubby wool, jute, or textured cotton to add warmth and texture.
Trend 9. Black accents
No matter what decorating style you prefer, every space in your home will always benefit from a touch of black.
Black accent pieces and hardware are a great way to add contrast, drama, and sophistication to any room, especially when paired with other neutrals like tan and white or rich jewel tones like navy and emerald green.
Although this home trend is a carry-over from 2022, the popularity of black home decor, accents, cabinetry, lighting, fixtures, and finishes is expected to grow over the coming year — especially as we incorporate more statement lighting, luxurious accents, and mixed metal finishes in our homes.
Some ideas for adding a touch of black to a space include hanging chic black picture frames in the dining area, adding a black lamp or side table to the living room, or swapping out the hardware on your kitchen or bathroom cabinets for black versions.
Trend 10. 60s and 70s Influences
Since my focus is on sharing decorating styles that will last, I almost didn’t include this interior design trend, because I think the current popularity of 60s and 70s influences (borrowed from current fashion trends) will be somewhat short-lived.
However, I do think some elements of the 1960s and 1970s, such as the iconic Herman Miller Eames chair and other statement pieces from that era, will have staying power, thanks to their timeless beauty and functionality, interesting textures, enveloping shapes, and natural materials.
In addition, in 2023, expect to see a return of the warm wood tones which were popular in the 1970s, as medium- to darker-toned wood finishes like walnut are making a comeback in coffee tables, consoles, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, media cabinets, and flooring.
Information from Jane at Home