Interior Trends we are taking in 2023 and the ones we are leaving behind

It’s that time of the year, new resolutions are listed down and the search for new ideas and concepts is in the air along with the holiday cheer. The year 2022 saw a lot of fleeting trends along with trends that pave way for greater revolutions in the design industry. Cities have started to relax restrictions and offices resume broadening the scope and need for good design with conscious choices. Here is the list of trends that we will be taking to 2023 with the ones we will probably be bidding adieu to…..

6 Trends that are staying in 2023

1. Sustainably Responsible Design

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Designs have transcended their focus from aesthetics to functionality and now towards responsible usage of materials and practices. Most of the major events conducted this year were themed on sustainability to encourage more product and idea showcases and start discussions on new ways of implementing sustainability in design. 

A few new emerging ideas have been aimed at reduction in non-renewable resource consumption, minimizing waste and creating a holistic environment. Sustainability is not an inevitable choice in order to improve our living standards. Long lasting and high quality materials are preferred over aesthetically pleasing and fancy elements.


2. Layering Wooden Accents & Furniture

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Wood brings warmth into a space. It is one of the easiest ways to incorporate nature into the design theme. Designers prefer incorporating wooden elements either as furniture or as decor into a space. Layering wood with a combination of fabrics and patterns creates an interesting feature for the wall against which the set-up is created. It is timeless, modern and warm at the same time making it a popular choice amidst users.


3. Modern Grand Millennium

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This design style is a mix of old school aesthetics with a modern flair. Upcoming designers are found constantly drawing inspiration from trends of the past. Emerged as a competition for the mid-century modern design style, this boasts mixed textures, eye-catching embellishments and heirloom furniture as opposed to the sobered patterns. The taste of designers to experiment with patterns and textures makes this a design style of choice.


4. Coastal Grandmother

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As unusual as the name suggests, this design style is characterized by open kitchens, slipcovered sofas, white accents, fresh flowers and coastal art. This design trend went viral in March 2022 by Lex Nicoleta through one of her TikTok videos. One doesn’t have to be a grandmother to channel this style,  they just need the right furniture. Almost all of us have ancestral furniture that hardly pair with our modern taste. The Coastal Grandmother style gives a perfect way to bring old fashion furniture to modern setups and pair them well.


5. Focus on Lighting

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Lights from minimalist chandeliers, wall scones or even decorative sculpture shapes and bespoke fittings are establishing their presence in the industry stronger every year. Homeowners have understood the effortless value light adds to a space both natural and artificial. 

While architects and designers emphasise more open spaces to enable the flow of natural light into a space, it is well balanced with an equal amount of artificial sources as well. Lights are timeless essentials in design and the trends for them will never fade out. Lights are no longer additional accessories for a space. There are spaces that are designed around the natural light or the light fixture takes precendence in dictating the design. Also, lighting designers are creating such interesting fixtures and fittings making it inevitable to leave behind lights without giving the attention they deserve.


6. Natural Tones and Earthy Palettes

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From the brown colour of soil, the greens of leaves, the sky’s blue and the orange hue of a sunset evening, all naturally occurring colours are categorized under earthy hues. These are colours beyond seasonal preferences. 

2022 saw a surge in the use of colours like olive green, pumpkin orange and yellow ochre predominantly. Earthy and natural colours seemed to suit well on a brighter canvas of whites making it easier to style and universal to pair with. Natural elements never go out of style or trend. Designers continue to create interesting features that are inspired from nature or incorporates it making it an evergreen trend.


5 Trends that we are leaving behind in 2023

1. Grey and White

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The design has grown beyond the standard trends that hover between monochromatic and traditional. With modern design philosophies evolving every day to fulfil human needs, designers understand clients’ need for variety and colour within their space. The taste is shifting towards having an adaptable but timeless design style which the grey and white monochrome palette doesn’t fit into.


2. Open Plans

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The reason behind the vanishing trend of open-plan layouts could be attributed to the increased need for privacy over the past few years. But there is a rapid growth of preferences towards more defined spaces with rigid boundaries.

Designers say that homeowners request the need to “close the door” for taking office calls, have dinner or unwind for a relaxing evening beyond the social chaos in the living rooms. While in offices, post the work-from-home effect, employees are seeking a little more solace to maximise productivity.


3. Staying on either extreme of Maximalism and Minimalism

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If we are to pick one lesson from the pandemic, it would be balance. The balance between our choices and preferences is one of them. Extremes easily saturate our minds irrespective of minimal or maximalist designs. 

Designs incorporate elements from both these styles into a space to create a perfect balance between these two. Thus, creating a harmony between minimalism and maximalism and leading to a farewell to extremist designs.


4. Flashy Accents

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Just as much as the trend for extreme design is likely lost, so is the need for flashy accents. An accent piece that grabs attention the minute someone enters the space or stands apart from the rest of the decor is considered mundane and irrelevant by younger designers.

Flashy elements which sometimes also include any element with a shine are disregarded by designers for the taste of a user has transitioned into more sober and classy preferences.


5. Accent Walls for the Oomph!

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While the debate if accent walls are outdated still continues, it definitely is no longer the first choice of designers anymore. Accent walls are a quick dose of decor interest and easy to accentuate a space while drifting focus to only one surface. 

The trend is moving towards leveraging the different effects that colours create on multiple surfaces of a room. This also stands valid for restrictions on adding colours only to walls and extending them towards the floors and ceilings as well.

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Date added:

19 December, 2022

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