Interior design trends may not come and go as quickly as fashion trends, but there’s always something new on the radar for those looking to spruce up their homes. While many people may be focusing on tightening their budgets in 2023, some of the year’s biggest trends are compatible with DIY projects and shopping secondhand.
Read on for 10 home interior design trends that are sure to be everywhere in 2023.
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Lovers of moody, vintage interiors may be pleased to know that the dark academia trend is on the rise. In fact, according to social media trend reports from Feathr, interest in the dark academia aesthetic recently rose by 190 percent. To achieve this look at home, focus on finding vintage furniture that’s made from dark-toned wood or upholstered with sumptuous fabrics. Lean into dark-painted walls in hues of deep blue and green, and embrace all things academic, from secondhand books to intellectual accessories, like this candle that smells like wood, leather, and old books by AARKA ORIGINS at Etsy.
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While some of the top interior design trends in 2023 involve new ideas, some involve revisiting classic concepts. White kitchens have been popular at various points in recent history, but this year they’re making a major comeback. A clean, monochromatic look works well in this space, but the trend can also be adapted to fit a more vintage, cottagecore aesthetic by adding accent pieces and a pop of color.
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With a recession hitting in many parts of the world, many home decorators may be working on tight budgets in 2023—but that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on some of the year’s biggest trends. Luckily, everything vintage is in, and the most desirable products can be found at the local secondhand store or antique market. Whether you’re leaning into a retro ‘70s aesthetic, a cottagecore vibe, or a Victorian look, the thrift shop may have exactly what you want. Secondhand design is also an easy way to shop sustainably and reuse decor items that still have life.
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Touches of Luxury
Despite the tough economic outlook for 2023, people still want to make their homes feel luxurious. This doesn’t need to involve spending large amounts of money. It could simply mean adding some glam accents to a space. Gold candlesticks, mirrored accessories, and velvet textiles all contribute to a luxurious feel in any room. While many products, like this gold framed wall mirror from Wayfair, can be purchased new, similar luxe accents can also be thrifted.
The past couple of years have seen many people embracing folksy or cozy styles like cottagecore and grandmillennial design, and that trend is sticking around for at least another year. Floral wallpaper, window treatments, and upholstery all lend a comfortable, lived-in vibe to any space and evoke visions of English country houses and enchanting rustic cabins. For those who aren’t ready to commit in a major way, floral accents, like these Laura Ashley blue embroidered throw pillows at Target, are a perfect choice.
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While some may still prefer sparse spaces in 2023, maximalism is definitely in. There’s no better addition to a maximalist room than a perfectly curated gallery wall to display art, photos, and personal mementos.
Generic art prints are falling out of style, and it’s much more on-trend to fill a gallery wall with meaningful pieces that show off your taste and personality. Tie it all together by using frames in a similar shape or finish. We like this set of seven black picture frames at Amazon, the top pick in our list of best picture frames for a gallery wall.
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Whether looking at neutral colors or bright hues, warm tones will continue to reign in 2023. When it comes to wall colors, furniture, and accessories, shoppers can expect to see a warm, earthy aesthetic represented by many retailers. Reds, oranges, yellows, and pinks are sure to be popular choices for those who lean into colorful interiors, while those who prefer neutrals may opt for brown, beige, or terracotta over gray.
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One notable exception to the warm color trend is the continued popularity of sage green. Sage is a cool and calming color that can be used in any room of the house. It’s a great choice for bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens because of its ability to create an atmosphere of serenity and relaxation. The last few years have seen an uptick in furniture and cabinets painted in varying shades of green, and the trend doesn’t seem to be abating anytime soon. This earthy color also looks great with wood tones and brass fixtures.
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One of the biggest mistakes that amateur home decorators can make is neglecting to focus on lighting. While lighting may often be treated as an afterthought, it’s taking center stage in 2023. Lighting is essential when creating the perfect mood, and these days there are countless products available to facilitate the process. Choosing the right light fixture is surely important, but using color-changing light bulbs, like these smart LED light bulbs at Amazon, offers even more control over a space’s lighting.
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While modern design has been long defined by clean lines, expect to see more curves in 2023. In architecture, more curved walls and arched doorways are anticipated, while curved furniture is all about organic shapes with a focus on both comfort and ergonomics. Curves can make a space feel more inviting and welcoming.
While investing in a major piece, like this curved upholstered sofa at Wayfair, might seem like a risky investment, as the trend could pass quickly, shoppers can try out the trend with something more affordable, like a side table or accent chairs with curved backs.