February 22, 2024
7 Home Decor Trends to Look for in 2023 According to Interior Designers

It is a new yr, which indicates an solely new round of predicting which traits will weather conditions one more 365 times and which traits are formally cringe-inducing. Many thanks to the Washington Post, for instance, we now know that FaceTime is horribly passé (voice memos only) and that those in-the-know would relatively try to eat nails than acknowledge to heading comprehensive goblin-manner (it’s chaos cooking now, thank you really a great deal).

But what about the land of house decor—what’s in for 2023? Right here, we talk to three DC-region inside designers about which tendencies they predict will be massive this 12 months.

A moody-hued home developed by Annie Elliott. Image by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

TTYL, grey

It is time to shift on from HGTV gray. “Light grey ultimately is on its way out,” suggests Annie Elliott of Annie Elliot Design and style. “We’re into warmth these times, and gray just does not have it.” If you want to switch out your existing grey with a much more recent neutral, Elliott indicates opting for tones like a warm-hued white, ivory, or camel. 

Or you can veto grey and go whole Dim Academia with moody hues, which Elliott also names as a 2023 craze. Consider paint colours like navy, inexperienced, and aubergine and opting for finishes like plaid fabric or stained wooden. 

This bathroom developed by Sara Swabb functions a natural woodgrain cabinet by Unique Kitchens & Baths. Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

Purely natural woodgrain cabinetry

Pure woodgrain can be a assertion with no on the lookout like a little something straight from the ‘70s,” claims interior designer Sara Swabb of Storie Collective. Whilst making use of precise wood for your cabinets instead of particle board or veneer is extra of an expense, suggests Swabb, the remaining products will be larger excellent and will not give off dated, fake-wooden-paneled basement vibes. 

A Sara Swabb-created living area featuring a mix of outdated and new. Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

Mixing old and new

Thanks to the by no means-ending source-chain challenges we’ve viewed in current decades, Swabb states she’s more and more leaning on antique and classic finds, which she mixes in with the more recent things she can get her arms on. When it arrives to the outdated, she suggests setting up with antique or classic rugs: “The high quality and durability outlast new rugs on the sector and they have so much depth and texture,” she states. Also very good selections for incorporating vintage: vases, planters, side tables, trays, and lighting. 

A limewash and plaster bathroom intended by Sara Swabb. Image: Stacy Zarin Goldberg:

Limewash and plaster

Previous-world supplies like plaster and limewash are having a minute thanks to social media, claims Swabb. If you want to test out this craze, she recommends beginning in a lesser house like a toilet or bed room ahead of committing to a larger space, and pairing the glance with natural resources like marble or wood. 

A Sydney Markus-designed bed room with wallpaper featuring a organic motif. Picture by John Cole.

Character-encouraged wallpaper

Inside designer Sydney Markus of Anthony Wilder Style/Develop is at this time functioning on many jobs incorporating wallpaper with a mother nature concept (feel birds, flowers, vines, and leaves). “[It’s] soothing and would make a place truly feel like an oasis, somewhere you’d go on holiday,” claims Markus, who loves using it in powder rooms, bedrooms, and offices. Another major layout craze, in accordance to Markus: character-motivated murals.

A bouclé chair in a place made by Sydney Markus. Picture by John Cole.

Bouclé cloth

“It’s a pleasurable material that provides depth to a house,” suggests Markus of bouclé, which she likes to use on upholstered chairs and for toss pillows. Because it’s a textured material, it can make a extra diverse glance and incorporate a focal issue in an otherwise monochrome room. But just a warning: It doesn’t dress in extremely effectively, suggests Markus, so really don’t use it in substantial-targeted traffic spots.

A space intended by Sydney Markus with a significant-gloss bookshelf. Photo by John Cole.

High-gloss finishes

Markus likes to use higher-gloss finishes on spots like cabinets, created-in bookshelves, and bars. “[These finishes] make a house moody, though also adding heat,” she says. She also suggests working with a substantial-gloss complete on all the partitions and the ceiling of a room for a extraordinary, lacquered appear. A different idea: Jewel-toned hardware appears terrific in spaces with a superior-gloss complete, she states.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian

Dwelling & Features Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s published for The Washington Write-up, Back garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Washington Town Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.