A new year means a collection of fresh interior design trends, with interior designers and residents across the country seeking to refresh their living spaces with new and exciting designs. This transition inevitably also means that certain trends will fall out of fashion, being left behind with the changing calendar.
Interior designers must be as much aware of designs that fall out of fashion as they are of those that become widely celebrated so as to ensure that their own aesthetics remain popular and modern. With this in mind, we’re sharing six of the previously popular interior design trends that are likely to be left behind in 2023.
After a long run, the minimalism rooted in Scandinavia and Japan, that which saw homes embrace sparsity and clean aesthetics, is finally being left behind. Now, instead of light wood and white walls, decorated occasionally with a vibrant houseplant, rooms are being saturated with a host of textures and colours as maximalism is brought in. Looking at colour trends of paint sales, as well as popular wallpaper styles, this transition can be clearly seen as homes are beginning to embrace colour over understatement.
A portmanteau of grey and beige, greige has been extremely popular over the past few years but is finally being seen for what it is: tasteless. While the colour might work for homes that wish to look aesthetically clean, greige is not a comfortable colour and leaves homes feeling unlived in over more warming and stylish alternatives.
Entertainment Centred Living
When Joey Tribbiani meets a palaeontologist who doesn’t own a TV, he remarks “What’s all of your furniture pointed at?” This joke is increasingly becoming a relic of its time and entertainment-centred living spaces are falling out of fashion. Instead, social spaces are being celebrated, with furniture being arranged with well-being and interpersonal focus in mind.
Once an icon of the British garden, sheds are being swapped out for more useful alternatives. No longer is storage enough to justify an outbuilding and residents are, instead, looking to buy log cabins and summer houses, to create spaces that allow for more utility and creative design.
Open Plan Living
The pandemic changed a number of things and its effect on interior design is still being understood. One of the biggest and most immediately recognised changes it has had is upon open-plan living. These wide open spaces that were once celebrated are no longer as useful or pleasing, especially as a greater number of residents seek to divide spaces for various purposes. A kitchen dining room, for example, offers much less functionality to those who work from home since this large space must then also accommodate a professional routine too.
Quirky and colourful, terrazzo has now become overly commodified and is being shunned by interior designers who see its potential as tired. While this shift doesn’t necessarily mean that terrazzo is any less appealing, it can be seen as vulgar and common, meaning those residents looking for long-lasting designs might want to avoid something they are now certain to find in homeware stores across the country.