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10 Home Design Trends To Try In 2023

Several articles have been released concerning home design trends in 2023. We have chosen ten of these designs that you could try, as a do-it-yourself project, to update your property this year.

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 road.

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 ten 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.

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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. 

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2. 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. 

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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 spaces.5

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 are doing.

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.

Photo at Touch Interiors by Bronwyn Poole

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 homes.

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 years.11

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.

Photo by Wilson Lighting

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.

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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.

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7. Luxury Living or Luxe Life

Luxury design trends for 2023 include the use of stone materials, glass cabinets, fluted elements, cylindrical forms, and bold and contrasting color palettes in kitchens, closets, and bathrooms with new, high-tech appliances. 

Since many homeowners have stayed home more often in the last two years than in years past, people are looking for interior designs to maximize comfort and well-being that reflect their personal style.

The simple and elegant stone texture matches with everything and reflective glass also does too.  Therefore combining these two elements with wood in a room creates a luxurious, upscale yet refined look. And these three materials work very well with the revived art deco which is popular this year.

Trends in appliances for gourmet kitchens include two large fridges, a wine unit, gas and induction cooktops, and double ovens. Metal materials are often a champagne color.

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. 

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8. Bring the Outdoors Indoors

The most common way of including outdoor nature in our home’s indoor décor is with potted plants and fresh flowers. Put these fresh accents everywhere you can, including the bathroom making it feel like a spa.

Floors made of materials such as bamboo, cork or even actual wood stay warm and have those unique textures that allows them to make you feel closer to nature.

Here in Florida, a favorite among homeowners is to use elements found outside in nature to decorate our homes. We like to bring the natural materials found outside as sea shells from a beach walk, drift wood, netting washed up onto shore, seaweed that has dried on the sand, even some sand from the beach.

Have large sliding doors that open up to the fresh air by sliding back into the wall and hidden from sight. Just making your inside space more relaxing and refreshing helps us to unwind in our homes. 

Let the natural light, views, and fresh air penetrate your spaces. Then relax and enjoy. 

9. Use Natural Materials

Natural here means organic materials such as wool, cotton, silk, rattan and clay in earth tones and warm neutrals. 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.

Bring the natural look to your home. Focus less on faux and instead focus more on real elements in your home.

Look for furniture crafted from light or mid-toned woods and accent your spaces with natural rugs. Some good examples are nubby wool, jute, or textured cotton that add warmth and texture to your home design.

Think about using elements found in nature as we talked about in the precious section.

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10. Create Health and Wellness

Wellness rooms mean something different for each of us, but they are almost always used as multi-purpose spaces.

Wellness focused home design involves lighting, materials, air and sound quality, soft neutral color palettes, biophilic design (connecting architecture and nature), greenery, and outdoor-to-indoor space integration—to name just a few key design areas.

Plants are great for indoor and outdoor wellness rooms. Healthline says that plants have been shown to help reduce stress and improve our outlook. Aloe and snake plants are especially good at removing toxins and humidifying the air.

A way to make your home wellness room eco-friendly is to use cork flooring. Cork is not only durable and attractive, it is a sustainable, renewable, biodegradable resource. Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak, but the trees are not harmed during that process. Cork is naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal.

Scatter a few candles around and you will be surrounded by a relaxing scent. Keep some healthy snacks and cold beverages, especially water, nearby in a mini-fridge.

Add privacy drapes, some cushy pillows, yoga mats, and lounge chairs. Plus using soft neutral colors on the walls to complete your wellness space.

Which Design Idea is Your Favorite?

Ready to try one or more of the suggestions in this article? We are interested in your projects. So let us know how they turned out. Also tell us which design ideas you liked the best. Contact us here: Email the Martin Group.

Scroll to bottom of page to view sources. The above references are opinions and for informational purposes only. These are not intended to be financial, legal, or tax advice. Consult the appropriate professionals for advice regarding your individual needs.

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