As we enter the new year, many of us are taking time to evaluate our lives, goals, and habits—focusing on becoming better versions of ourselves. Whether you want to be healthier, happier, more productive, or anything else this year, it’s important to consider how your physical environment will influence your mental health and mood. The first step towards a “new you” may actually be refreshing your home’s interior design to better facilitate your goals.
From personality-driven designs to vintage pieces and bold colors, we’ve gathered some up-and-coming design trends that will inspirit your dreams for 2023.
Minimalism has been eminent in the modern design world over the past several years, but in 2023, we’re turning the page. While not everyone may be ready to embrace a fully maximalist home, it’s easy to take the first steps toward one if you’re still stuck in your minimalist era.
“We have seen so much minimalism over the last few years; our clients are now craving warmth, depth, and character in their personal spaces.” David Frazier, Architect and Interior Designer
Not sure how to make the switch? Consider adding personal collections, art that inspires you, or a mix of old and new furnishings. The goal is to create a room that speaks to you, not an uninspiring, Pinterest-perfect space.
Textures, curves, and accents
As we covered last year, curves are in—now alongside textured and accented walls. Another step away from modernist and minimalistic design, these features invite a breadth of character and whimsy to your home. Arched doorways and curves around exterior walls add fresh, exciting shapes, and textured wallpaper and decorative accessories offer eye-catching surprises. While it may not be possible to install a new curved wall this year (or maybe it is), it’s easy to add textured and accented pieces to the rooms where you already live.
“Opt for an accent with a unique texture or wallpaper in a similar color to the rest of the room. If you want to create a wooden accent wall, make sure you’re using vertical slats as they give a roof a lift and make small spaces feel more intimate and large spaces feel more inviting.” Rudolph Diesel, Interior Designer
The most important part? Location, location, location. Choose the right wall to refresh, typically the first one you see when you enter a room.
Wellness at home
The subject of our fall edition of GG magazine, mindful living remains a top priority for many homeowners across the Americas. This trend can take shape in a number of different ways; from water features and open-air spaces to home gyms and spas, the goal is the same: helping you take care of yourself by creating a space for nourishment and focus.
“When it comes to space planning, clients are requesting intentional spaces for activities like meditation, yoga, exercise, and last but not least, home spas.” Joshua Smith, Interior Designer
These spaces, often called wellness rooms, are on track to eventually replace home gyms. Designers creating wellness rooms integrate materials with a positive impact on conditions like diabetes and anxiety; lighting technology that supports natural circadian rhythms; and high-tech air purifiers to ensure you breathe easily.
In 2023, we’re saying out with the old and in with the older. That’s right; vintage furniture is having its (second) moment in the spotlight. Ditch inexpensive (and cheaply made) items that will likely find their end in a landfill, and substitute them with used, vintage, or antique furnishings. These pieces call upon past memories and add character to any room.
“People are going to begin investing more in quality products that will stand the test of time. Rather than buying something cheap to get the look at the moment, people will be more selective about what they put in their home in order to have it for years to come.” Susan Hayward, Interior Designer
Not only are they sustainable but they also seamlessly integrate personal and family histories into the spaces we live—whether it’s a grandfather clock that’s been passed through generations or a desk from your childhood home.
Bold, unexpected colors
Alongside minimalism, natural and neutral-colored spaces have dominated interiors in the Americas for the past several years. Now, however, we can look forward to spending time in brighter spaces, particularly those drenched in yellow, as gray interiors take a back seat. Expect to see rich, warm tones inspired by nature, as well as bold pops of color in furniture, throw pillows, and accent rugs.
-Engel & Völkers Americas