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Experts Predict 7 Trends That Will Dominate in 2023

Words by Kate McGregor
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Design by Studio Ashby; Photo by Simon Upton

Just like fashion’s cyclical nature, the world of interiors follows fads.

The biggest differentiating factor is that, unlike closets, homes can’t be as swiftly refreshed—so while trends are inevitable, they must have staying power. While we saw an abundance of pillowy sofas, rattan everything, exaggerated stripes, and sage green kitchen cabinets this year—which aren't going anywhere anytime soon—designers are already looking ahead.

And who better to predict the next wave of it-factors for the home than a slew of fashionable Experts like Sophie Ashby and David Lucido? Whether it’s ditching snow-shaded whites for a subtler hue, or replacing checkerboard with a nature-inspired alternative, these designers are here to guide you (and your home) into the New Year with their predictions for 2023’s style shifts.

Maximalist Mindsets

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Design by David Lucido; Photo by Ori Harpaz

“We’re officially in a post-millennial pink world,” says David. “And Gen-Z’s response to that minimal bubblegum aesthetic is taking shape in wall murals, swirling metals, and embroidered fabrics.” Like fashion, the 1990s are back and dare we say, better than ever.

Cocooning Colors

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Design by Light and Dwell; Photo by Amy Bartlam

“Organic earthy hues are entering the chat,” says Molly Kidd of Light and Dwell. “Colors are becoming warmer and richer—everyone is aiming for timeless shades that feel like they have been there for decades.”

Jojo Barr agrees: “I’m actually really enjoying the use of brown shades in design right now,” she says. “It works so beautifully when combined with raw textures and metals.” So lean away from bold colors and towards the softer neutrals paint palettes have to offer. Sophie is on board as well: “There are a few colors I’m quite into at the moment: peachy, nude, dusty pinks and on the other side of the spectrum inky, midnight blues.”

Chromatic Commitment

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Design by Light and Dwell; Photo by Amy Bartlam

Rather than spend ages comparing color cards and mixing wood stains to achieve a curated look, David is seeing people take the simpler road. “People are looking for sensory experiences in their homes,” he says. “When everything in the room is painted one color or wrapped and carpeted, it creates a feeling of calm but also shows commitment and style.”

Pattern Play

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Checkerboard has ruled everything from tile to textiles recently, but a new motif is on the rise: block prints. Stamped botanicals and candy-colored geometrics are taking hold, and for good reason. “Patterns are even more special when they are hand-painted or block-printed by artisans,” says Molly.

(Anti) Status Symbols

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Design by David Lucido; Photo by Ori Harpaz

Birkenstock Bostons, Noguchi lanterns… Each year, a handful of “it” items reign supreme to show that you’re in with the times. David has noticed that mindset making its way into homes, but he cautions against it: “Royere sofas and Jeanneret chairs have become the go-to for statement-making design,” David says. “There are so many interesting, one-off vintage pieces in the world that don’t require buying impersonal knock-offs.” Instead, the designer urges people to carefully source one-off items that showcase your unique personality.

Striking Scallops

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Design by Light and Dwell; Photo by Amy Bartlam

2022’s love for curvy shapes is making way for a more structured future in scallops. “They’re a riff on traditional décor—think ancient sinks, bedding ruffles, wavy valances, and vintage embroidery—reimagined in unconventional ways,” says Molly. “I’ve seen the detail used in everything from linen to iron and even marble for a make-you-look-twice effect.” For the duo, the swooping shape is a cheeky nod in spaces that are in need of something a bit more playfully eye-catching.

Conscious Curation

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Design by Studio Ashby; Photo by Philip Durrant

Sophie encourages designers to think more slowly and sustainably when updating their homes. The head of Studio Ashby wants to debunk the belief that big-ticket purchases are the key to making a room feel fresh. “I want to encourage more people to give second life to something that already exists,” she explains—think repurposing textiles or buying vintage. And if you are looking for that statement acquisition, make it one that will last a lifetime.

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