Interior design changes from day to day and year to year, and is constantly evolving. The past few years have kept us at home, influencing the way we view our spaces and leading to a change in design style preferences, from modern and neutral to vintage and bright. After all, a home should feel “homey”, right? It’s interesting to think about what the new trends will be as we head into 2023. To explore this further, we asked Amy Leferink, founder and lead designer at Interior Impressions, to share her interior trend predictions for this year.
Color has arrived! “Neutral colors will continue to be strong, but bold prints and rich colors will be even more prominent,” she says. People are looking for exciting color schemes in their social spaces, whether it’s the kitchen, dining room, or other common spaces. She describes “deeper saturated colors and jewel tones” (like deep red, sapphire blue, emerald green, and topaz gold) as some of the most popular color choices.
Decades-old styles are back on trend, and people are looking to combine timeless favorites with contemporary styles to create a timeless design and personalized look for each home. Selected. “Why not combine vintage and modern or midcentury-inspired styles and pair them with Scandinavian or farmhouse design,” she says. “This is the new ‘classic reimagined.'”
texture, texture, texture
Leferink explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has robbed us of one of our most intimate senses: touch. For this reason, humans want to re-stimulate their sense of touch in ways they have never experienced before, adding not only physical texture but also visual texture to their homes. Details such as wood paneling, lime-washed walls, and stucco hoods are becoming design staples because they seamlessly incorporate texture. “Designers will also incorporate this into furniture selection and specification, adding velvets and luxurious upholstered fabrics to provide layers of texture wherever you look,” she says.
Sustainability is a top priority for designers and clients alike, as we understand that everything we do has an impact on the environment. “There are some unexpected developments with mushrooms that are becoming more important,” she says. “Brands like Mylo Unleather are creating a buzz and getting us excited about the potential of mushrooms as an ethical and sustainable alternative to animal skin.” We are moving away from large manufactured furniture, including large pieces, and are instead incorporating high-quality furniture, handmade pieces, and vintage pieces.
Social space is prioritized
“The way we interact and live our lives is constantly changing,” explains Leferink. Many people are now choosing to host gatherings at home rather than going out, and making sure guests feel at home when they visit has become 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 provide good flow both indoors and outdoors for both large and intimate gatherings. .
A spa-inspired bathroom “was kind of an interior design necessity, influenced by the growing popularity of small self-care spaces within the home,” she says. Clue: Gwyneth Paltrow. Her home spa, now fully operational, is changing the face of “self-care,” and the trend is becoming more and more popular. The bathroom incorporates design elements such as floor-to-ceiling marble, a bathroom fireplace, a steam shower, and a variety of dimmable lighting options. Leferink says, “This is a trend to watch, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”