Design Trend Report, 2023 Edition

Timeless design aside, hearing about the latest trends in home and hospitality is always a creativity inducing exercise. From small changes that make a big impact, like adding a pop of color or dusting off an old heirloom, to bold paint hues or pieces of furniture, there are plenty of ways to interpret what the experts are predicting to be this year's top trends. 

Trend: Natural beauty

"Unfussy, natural stone brings character and personality to any space and works equally well in contemporary and traditional décor styles. It’s a beautiful, hardy material that maintains its beauty over the years. Natural stone is an excellent choice for a kitchen, especially when paired with other organic materials, such as wood; this combo feels very of the moment. Beyond stone, natural materials are gaining popularity in other contexts. I particularly love the look of a rough-hewn linen throw. The warm texture and muted tones ooze with understated luxury." -Lauren Urband, Founder & President, The Consultancy PR

CULTIVER Freya Throws

"The last two to three years have seen an increase in organic and biophilic architecture and interior design, including using natural materials such as wood, marble, and stone. In 2023, I see this trend continuing with architects and developers using the natural landscape and earth tones to inform and influence their residential, commercial, and hospitality design projects. This year also marks the full return of the regular calendar schedule of art and design fairs post-Covid. Maison et Objet/Paris Design Week was in January, Zona Maco/Mexico Design Week will be in February, Salone del Mobile/Milan Design Week is in April again, and so on, which will inform many of the trends we see in art, architecture, and design this year." -Veronica H. Speck, CEO & Founder, VHS Ventures 

Casa Bosque de Olivos by Estevez + Persson | Photo: Cesar Bejar

Trend: Curved shapes & soft edges

"Curved shapes are everywhere—we are almost at the end of a major home renovation, and we decorated my office with a curved mustard sofa (below) and Wave chairs in the dining room. Both are such statement pieces! I love that we’ve moved away from stark minimalism into more bold designs. I’m also happy to see that blue (especially French blue) is making a comeback, though personally, I never think it goes out of style." -Molly Schoneveld, Founder & CEO, The Storied Group


"Curves are in. The trend can be seen in architecture – in arched doorways and windows – as well as in design, especially in furniture. Sofas and chairs boasting soft curves give the sensation of being embraced, something we were all starving for in the years when COVID dictated that we forego hugs. We are absolutely in the age of comfortable chic design. This trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon." -Natalie Norcross, A Design Partnership

Urbanology Designs | Photo: Matti Gresham

"Sculptural silhouettes with an organic modern appeal like the curved sofa offer dynamic layouts for living spaces and create visual impact." -Marissa Cornejo, Founder, DESIGN MARKETING COLLECTIVE

MORADA Furniture | Photo: Alexia Fodere

Trend: Embrace color

"There will always be a place for neutral, minimalist design, but the world is steering back towards color in kitchens and living spaces in general. One Nylon Consulting client, Jennifer Hunter, designed this stunning royal blue living room for a client in Bronxville, NY." -Abbi Sierra, Account Director, Nylon Consulting

Jennifer Hunter, Bronxville | Photo: Kristen Francis

"As consumers are feeling more and more overwhelmed, the home becomes a focus as a safe haven. The ideas behind ‘dopamine decor’ focus on using color, texture and patterns to invoke happiness. This trend is something consumers can tap into in small or big ways, presenting opportunities for all that operate in the interiors sphere. Habitat trends for 2023, inspired by TikTok, focus on ‘dopamine dining.’ The trend shifts from decor as a whole towards a focus on a Mediterranean-style approach to eating that centers around sensory experiences and comfort. Habitat has focused around dopamine-inducing colors that stimulate joy and spark conversation. As table trends evolve, bowls have become the crockery of choice for more informal dining." -CAMRON Trends 2023, Interiors & Hospitality


"This year, we predict a return to exciting, exuberant interior design, whether that means just adding a dash of color through a new vase, or fully embracing change by painting an accent wall or reupholstering an old couch. Through color there will be a return to sentimentality and intention when choosing pieces for your home, making it feel like YOU and your personal space. When speaking with our client, the direct-to-consumer furniture brand Sixpenny, their Chief of Design, Rob Natale, echoed our sentiments, mentioning, “While I think neutrals will forever be timeless and relevant, 2023 feels like a year ready to burst with color. We’re spending so much more time at home these days—not every room needs to be a tranquil, minimal oasis. Embrace some color and have fun.” -Caroline McKay, Founder, Caro.


Trend: Hyper texture

"With content at our fingertips, we never fall short on being overly stimulated from "get ready with me videos" from beauty influencers in their bubble pink rooms, to designers wearing the 'Bottega Veneta green' on their IG lives. Texture is a fun way to turn a 2-D experience, 3-D. Our client Mitchell Hill chose a checkered seagrass rug to clad the guest suite that faces the garden in order to make your feet feel 'grounded' much like as if you were walking barefoot outside. -Byron Cordero, Founder, Cordero Consulting

Photo: Mitchell Hill

"Texture, texture, texture! Plaster and limewash made a statement in 2022 and will be more heavily infused in the designs of 2023. Limewash walls, for example, or a plaster hood in the kitchen, create maximum visual impact and personality without overwhelming a space. While color palettes might be bold and rich 2023, inspiration will still derive from nature. Textiles and fibers will have a natural look and feel, a soothing palette and a timeless aesthetic. Think earthy, neutral, calming and cozy – more raw and unrefined, but still timelessly classic." -Michelle DiLello, Vice President, Architecture + Design, Blue Medium 

"Trending from Paris Design Week were new takes on soft, luxurious textiles such as velvety textures and sumptuous mohairs. The Rug Company has introduced Tidal Silks, a new collection of four luxurious rugs taking inspiration from geometry, pattern and repetition found in nature. Each design translated Helen Amy Murray’s hand-sculpted designs into exquisite hand carved rugs. Looking ahead, this summer, The Rug Company will be launching new textured mohair colorways and a cashmere blend featuring fifteen new designs." -Colette Sabins, US Marketing Manager, The Rug Company

Tidal Silks, Helen Amy Murray

Trend: Statement walls

"Wallpaper is back... no, really! Having come from the design world, I've been a fan of wallpaper for as long as I can remember. Even though wallpaper had a bit of a resurgence eight to ten years ago, it's really truly back in a big way. We love seeing it on every surface, including ceilings -- as seen in one of Kiki Slaughter's new patterns featured in The New York Times. Wall Street Journal just covered nine bold styles that interior designers are dying to try this year. So hard to pick a favorite!" Ellie McNevin, Founder & Head of PR, Birdie Public Relations

Kiki Slaughter

"With minimalism on the way out and maximalism having its spot in the sun, it comes as no surprise that big, bold patterns are finding their way into homes by turning the walls into murals! Maximalism is having such a grand resurgence and what we saw in Paris this year was a clear shift—even more typically subdued design houses are including large-scale repeating patterns in art deco themes to their presentations. Let’s face it, not every person is going to go for the full maximalist treatment in their own homes, but what we saw was a thoughtful offering of maximalist-style patterns as accent walls with panoramic wallpaper, as large-scaled framed artworks, or even as rugs-turned-wall coverings. This gives people the pizzazz with the ability for a non-permanent commitment and we expect to see pattern work like this in bedrooms and living rooms in the coming year." -Alder & Tweed via Andrew Joseph PR

Alder & Tweed

Trend: Health & wellness

“York Wallcoverings, a Sharp Think client, recently announced its 2023 Color of the Year 'Amber,' a choice inspired by the Amber gemstone that boasts golden tones and warm hues. The color speaks to a continued shift towards spaces in the home that prioritize positive, comforting energy. Looking into 2023, we’re seeing hues like Amber become a key pillar of nature-inspired design in the home, a trend that is becoming more and more present. Coming out of a difficult chapter in the world, wellness in design is everything, and incorporating nature-inspired colors in homes allows designers to harness specific, impactful energies from the outdoors. Color choices are getting bolder, and York Wallcoverings predicts an ongoing surge of uplifting, feel-good palettes.” -Anna Litchman, Sharp Think

York Wallcoverings

"Interior design is seeing a continued focus on wellness and health with a growing focus on designing for neurodiverse communities. The ASID 2023 Trends Report notes that ‘companies are making workplaces more inclusive and accessible for neurodivergent employees’ and creating flexible and adaptable workspaces to increase productivity. The report also notes a shift from retirement to 'rewirement' in older populations where 'older adults are rethinking their post-work lives.' With older adults opting to 'transition to another sphere of activity,' designers are more mindful and intentional of designing to support a multigenerational workforce." -Majesty Henry, Novità

Goddard Littlefair

Trend: Embrace the old

"2023 is the year of meaningful objects! Over the past few years, we have been asked to connect with materials and sentimental items that spark our interest. It can be a plethora of things—an heirloom, a souvenir, or a sentimental or whimsical keepsake. Whatever it is, make sure it is distinctly you... it is also an organic way to start a conversation and share a special story." -Nick Boksa, Design Agency Co

Interior architecture by Medium Plenty | Contractor, GA Design Builds. Photography, Mariko Reed

"As supply-chain issues continue, designers are relying more on antiques and vintage finds. These pieces' immediate availability, quality, and durability make them an ideal design choice. Combining antiques and modern pieces gives a space character, depth and dimension. Think antique rugs, secretaries, garden ornaments and buffets." -Tiffany Farney, Founder, Digital Thread Consulting

Modern Antiquarian | Photography, Susana Ines

"What adds more character to a space than the use of a personal belonging, or a piece that carries a lot of history with itself? Implementing vintage and antique elements on interior design projects, craftsmanship pieces, even significant objects that represent memories from the past, is a trend that will keep growing during 2023. The mix of old and new furniture will shift from the minimalist vibe to the recreation of a cozier environment, where the space tends to be far away from perfection and embraces the flaws and uniqueness of the second life furniture. The personal space will relate a new story through the value of these reused pieces that will reflect an unrepeatable style, and it also will end up being a more sustainable choice." -Sabrina Maclean, HinoStudio

HinoStudio Porsche Tower

Trend: Regenerative materials

"Wellness and longevity incorporated into the home [as well as workplace design], with a focus on regenerative materials and a healthy user experience, whether as an individual or a family. This is evident in the thoughtful work of Gotham PR designer clients at Elizabeth Bolognino Interiors in CT, Gramercy Design in NYC, Karen Asprea Studio in Miami and IMKM Architecture." -Courtney Lukitsch, Founder, Gotham PR

IM-KM Architecture | Photo: Los Lobos, Panama

"In the last few years, we’ve seen how GenZ’ers have taken repurposing clothing and interiors to new levels. Now that huge numbers of this generation are out of school and have entered the workforce, their consumer influence is growing—and that includes a focus on creative ways of viewing and practicing consumption and purchasing. Good design will speak to this. We were excited to find this fresh example of material regeneration from New York-based textile maker Christi Johnson, founder of Stitch Wish. Johnson uses plants from her garden to create color dyes to refresh used clothing. Along with re-coloring, Johnson incorporates embroidery and creative sewing techniques to give new life to old items. Her sustainable model also results in items that are unique and personal, with a story woven into each piece.

Covering last fall’s Paris Design Week, Metropolis Magazine also looked at how French designers are leading new aspects of artisanal sustainability and production. Design that is beautiful yet authentic and storied creates a connection between the end-user and the maker and emphasizes the intrinsic value of all that goes into design and production. We are excited to see this trend evolve to new levels of consumer consciousness that will challenge the design industry." -Tessa Franchini, Principal, Paxson Fay

Paris Design Week. Image: Metropolis

Trend: Futuristic

"In 2023 the international design scene is back in full force, and with that, we foresee an excitement to experience and interact with fresh eyes. One trend we are already spotting and love is the theme of otherworldliness. Dystopia is a popular theme for movies and series, so it makes sense that objects that are hard to timestamp would follow suit. On the one hand, some appear of unknown origins, such as John Pomp's new collections and debut NYC showroom, which he describes as future primitive. Set against a backdrop of limewashed walls (another trend we see growing popular in 2023), Pomp's lighting and furniture collections are expressed through an organic material interplay. Primitive monoliths made of futuristic polished metals and organic glass honor a primitive past and look forward to a futuristic utopia." -Julie Hoylen, Head & Hand PR

John Pomp Warp Dining Collection

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