The top interior trends for 2023, according to the experts
Some great trends are making there way back to our homes for 2023. But before you lay down the shag-pile rug and dust off your lava lamp, this modern take on the 70s style has a fresher, grown-up twist – sunset hues, groovy shapes and mushroom motifs are all big for 2023, with a fun nod to the decade of disco. Vintage elements are also being incorporated into bright, contemporary spaces to create characterful, personalized interiors now we’re spending more time at home post-pandemic.
Last year we saw a shift towards maximalism, experimenting with pattern clashes and rich colour schemes, but this year the focus is on introducing antique pieces into bold, contemporary interiors to create fresh, eclectic spaces that merge self-expression and nostalgia. Pinterest has made ‘Hipstoric homes’ one of its top trends for 2023, with searches for ‘eclectic interior design vintage’ up 850%.
This year it’s all warm and vibrant sunset shades, with WGSN’s Digital Lavender, Pantone’s Viva Magenta, Benjamin Moore’s Raspberry Blush and Sherwin-Williams’ Redend Point dominating 2023 colour of the year predictions. Inspired by the energy of the 70s, earthy hues like terracotta and paprika will take centre stage, while soft shades of pink and ochre tones will continue to feature as a neutral alternative to white.
Curves and wiggles
If 2022 was all about the scallop, this year it's about the wave. Flowing curves, soft arches and wavy lines are all set to be popular for 2023. Look for more free-flowing squiggles and wiggles than structured scallops, with wavy and cylindrical lighting designs especially hot right now. Arched doorways are also big in the architecture world as a way of breaking up box-like spaces in a playful, creative way. The trend also taps into another buzzword – ‘comfortcore’ – with cocooning, oversized furniture and colour-drenched walls becoming popular this year as homeowners look to invest in spaces that promote comfort, security and togetherness.
Another good-vibes-only trend, the #y2kaesthetic has had a staggering 2 billion views on social media platform, TikTok. Taking its inspiration from late 90s/early 00s fashion, Y2K (which stands for Year 2000) decor is all about experimenting with psychedelic colours – think Myland’s colour of the year FTT-006, a hot Barbie pink, bright cobalt blue, aqua, yellow and lilac. While you can go the whole hog with crochet flowers, neon signs, cherry motifs and animal print, it might be better to inject one element of this dopamine decor trend into your existing scheme for longevity… as it’s not for the faint-hearted.