By Janet Armstrong, Accredited Interior Designer, CAPS
For me, reflecting on what’s ahead in 2023 means contemplating decor trends to watch. Planning ahead about what and how to incorporate these can keep our spaces updated and looking fresh. Some of these trends are reimagined variations of what we have witnessed over the past year or two and some are new and exciting. So what can we expect in 2023?
Expect to see furnishings with rounded shapes that are reminiscent of the Art Deco era. This softening of furnishings is in contrast to the very structured pieces of the past few years. The curves not only soften your rooms they bring depth and movement to spaces and create a more relaxed atmosphere.
Informal Layouts and Furnishings
Many of us have created rooms with matching furniture laid out in a fairly formal manner. In 2023 we are going to see very informal layouts with fewer furnishings and more space. The minimalist look that has been trending the past couple of years is continuing as we seek calm, serene spaces in which to relax.
In addition to a more informal layout, you are going to see less matchy-matchy furniture. Watch for combinations that might include a solid-coloured sofa with different coloured chairs or chairs in more organic materials such as rattan or leather. Coffee and end tables will also be appearing in different materials: wood end tables with a marble coffee table, for example. The secret to creating a chic look is to keep furniture at the same scale, keep your colour palette to a minimum and repeat patterns throughout the space.
In 2023 watch for warmer colours to appear. While you will see deep, bold colours, also watch for soothing, relaxing pastels. Considering the challenges of the past few years as well as current world events, designers are still creating calm spaces in which to relax. Watch for nature-inspired colours such as pastel blues and greens as well as whisper-soft pinks.
Natural materials have been strong influences over the past few years and this will continue. Include some wood items in each of your spaces; plants (real or faux) are also a must, to add vitality, texture and colour. Consider the use of stone in your rooms, for example stone or concrete lamps, a stone carving or a display of stones you’ve collected in your travels. Natural fabrics such as rattan, linen, cotton or leather can be incorporated in furnishings and accessories.
Nothing is more positive or brings more joy that natural light streaming in your windows. To enhance your wellness and contribute to a restful ambience, let that light in! Bare windows will definitely maximize the amount of natural coming into your rooms, but they are not for everyone. If you do hang draperies and/or blinds, use white or pale colours and keep them wide open during the day to let natural light in. Reflective surfaces also help maximize natural light, making spaces appear larger, airier and more relaxed.
Whether you choose to repurpose, upcycle or update, the reuse of items is still trending strongly. Not only is it environmentally healthy, using an older piece adds a touch of nostalgia to decor. Be it a family heirloom or a treasure sourced at a thrift store, updating the piece with a fresh coat of paint or new upholstery will result in an item that is uniquely yours.
Handmade pieces, especially those locally made, are still very hot after trending in 2021 and 2022. These unique pieces will personalize your space and reflect your personality. Items with slight imperfections are even more valued and add an organic yet refined style.
These trends will inspire ideas for refreshed spaces throughout your home. What colours are drawing your attention? Is there a piece in your home that you would like to update or repurpose? Enjoy dreaming and planning as you move forward into 2023.
Janet Armstrong (www.simplyswankdecor.ca) is a graduate of the Interior Design Institute of Canada, CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist), chair of the Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada) and board member of LivABLE Design.