If you’ve been searching for the right opportunity to add more style, vigor and comfort to your space, you’ll appreciate this list. We checked in with professional designers and industry players for their take on the top interior design trends for 2023.
Some of their picks confirm that certain things like: shades of blue, personality-packed rugs fit for maximalists, statement window treatments and high-style marble slabs in kitchens, stand the test of time. After all, a few of these were also highlighted in our feature on the leading design trends for 2022. But other trend predictions may surprise you: high-gloss wood finishes and full-on craft rooms are just a few examples to note.
All in all, use this list of the biggest design trends for 2023, including trending kitchen ideas, to bring your own space to life in the coming year. And remember that this forecast isn’t a mandate to embark on a gut renovation if that’s not in the cards for you right now. Sometimes the smallest design upgrades — the right color palette, hardware style, piece of furniture or decorative accent — are all it takes to give a room a fresh, picture-perfect look. Get started on your dream kitchen, living room, bedroom retreat or just about any other space that could use a refresh.
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“Listening rooms, or music rooms, have always been coveted by audiophiles, but they’re gaining popularity with the masses as vinyl record sales continue to climb. Essentially, a listening room is a dedicated space for music, whether it’s creating your own or playing your favorite tunes to unwind and enjoy, solo or with a group of people. Even if you don’t have an entire room to spare, a dedicated corner or nook of any room can be transformed into space to enjoy music.” — Molly Torres Portnof, Founder, DATE Interiors
“Stone slabs are dominating backsplashes from countertop to ceiling. They are cascading to the floor in waterfall edges and wrapping around islands. It’s an exciting development, as these stones are so unique and beautiful, and truly enhance these spaces as the basic neutrals they replace never could. They’re complemented by renewed interest in colorful mosaics and textured stone tile with mixed finishes.” — Nancy Epstein, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Artistic Tile
“The neutral, warm and cozy look is going to add some additions in 2023. I’m starting to see plums and mustards pop up in more calming and deeper tones that seem as though they were a color found in nature. People are starting to embrace colors, but not in the bold, vibrant hues. They are starting to value different shades other than green, brown and blues that are seen as more earthy and calming.” — Linda Hayslett, Founder, LH.Designs
“I am seeing a lot of enclosed kitchen spaces as opposed to large family room/kitchen areas that are open to the rest of the home. But within that space, the designs tend to be more open plans with wall shelving and less built-in-looking cabinetry.” — Christopher Peacock, CEO and founder, Christopher Peacock (cabinetry brand)
“We predict seeing a lot more saturated colors, more glossy than matte finishes and more elaborate lamp shades. Traditionally-applied fabrics and patterns have become quite popular, so much so we are introducing new shades in pleated linen as a standard offering. We also foresee ceramic shades, for table, floor and even pendant or surface mounts, becoming trendy.” — Charlie Dumais, Ceramicist, Dumais Made (ahandmade lamp and accessory studio)
“Design with nostalgia in mind will continue. I don’t mean mid-century or retro. I think this idea of granny-chic is evolving to a less kitschy/more sophisticated style, which I really appreciate.” — Gideon Mendelson, Founder and Creative Director, Mendelson Group
Blue & Meaningful Decor Accents
“Overall, 2023 is going to be bold. Ultramarine blue will be the trending color for the upcoming year. It is a bright, super saturated, and luscious color. Going along with the bold theme, people will really embrace the use of family heirlooms, antiques and re-purposing and incorporating meaningful pieces into their home.” — Anne Hepfer, Interior Designer, Author of MOOD
Unique Window Treatments
“In 2023, I expect to see more embellishments on window treatments, from fringe trim on drapery leading edges to scalloped-edge Roman shades and shaped cornices. These details make window treatments more personalized and add punch to simpler, more streamlined alternatives.” — Davina Ogilvie, founder, Wovn Home , (custom window treatment company)
“The use of warmer wood tones and an earthy color palette in furniture and fabric will continue to rise.” — Krisha Salud, Director of Interiors, StudioLAB
“Stripes are going to come back in a big way. They’re the original high-contrast design element, whether used in wallpaper, textiles or paint and make an unmistakably bold statement unlike any other pattern.” — Carrie Livingston, Interior Designer
“There will always be neutral rugs, but I am loving the shift towards rugs being functioning floor art. These statement rugs will become a fixture in the home — a form of artwork that must also be curated to create the perfect space.” — Alex Alonso, Founder and Creative Principal, mr. alex TATE Design
“As a studio, we have seen a growing demand for modern kitchen design. There is, however, a gap in the market for a tempered design that offsets the cold, impersonal feeling that deters homeowners from taking the plunge. In response, we’ve refined what we dubbed soft-modern kitchen design — an approach that layers warm elements to soften that feeling. In our soft-modern kitchens, contrast is key. We might choose to use a very high-gloss finish for the cabinetry and offset it with a matte wood finish for open shelving or accent panels.” — Bob Bakes, Co-Founder, Bakes & Kropp
“Gold is back forever. We will, hopefully, never see brushed nickel again. This parallels the overarching trend of warm tones over cool tones.” — Susan Hayward, Founder, Susan Hayward Interiors
High-Gloss Wood Finishes
“Instead of matte wood finishes, there will be more high-gloss wood that brings a polished look and feel to the home.” — Dan Mazzarini, Principal and Creative Director, BHDM Design
“Forget subtle tartans and pleasing neutrals. Right now, bold-toned plaid patterning lets people have it both ways: Tons of color tamed by a traditional look. It’s great for throws, pillows and even floor coverings.” – Sarah Fischer, Principal Designer, Sarah & Sons Interiors
“So many people have spent the past few years holed up in their home office. Dedicated adult craft and creation spaces support mental wellbeing and provide an escape from the hectic 24/7 digital lifestyle. Here, I converted a former carriage house into a jewelry making/art studio where creativity can blossom. Whether it’s an entire room or a small carved-out corner, craft areas support the serious mental benefits of having fun.” — Gail Jamentz, Principal, Soul Interiors Design
“As we continue to see the positive effects of being closer to nature, we look to the rising trend in biophilic design to help us bring some of the natural world into the comfort of our homes. The use of natural materials such as bamboo, cork, sisal and wood can add texture and character to a space.” — Gil Walsh, Founder, Gil Wash Interiors
Brown-based colors — caramels, tomato reds, terra cottas, deep corals — are going to be big in 2023. After years of bright whites and cool grays dominating design, people are looking for a more soothing palette that invites warmth and coziness. — Sarah Cole, Founder, Sarah Cole Interiors
Jewel-Box Laundry Rooms
“Hard-working laundry rooms are going glam with shimmery finishes, richly patterned details and even whimsical accessories.” – Tiffani Baumgart, Founder, Tiffani Baumgart Interiors
“Rounded door frames, thresholds and ceilings are going to be big in 2023. Arches evoke an old-world architectural era and bring a sense of timelessness and softness to any space.” — Lynn Stone, Co-Founder, Hunter Carson Design
Monique Valeris Senior Home Editor Monique Valeris is the senior home editor for Good Housekeeping, where she oversees the brand’s home decorating coverage across print and digital.