Hang on to your hats design lovers! We're in for a fabulously freewheeling, deliciously lawless new era of decorating. So strap yourself in and come along for the ride. 2023 is set to see a emphasis on fun, individuality and creativity, personalisation and sustainability and a lot less on popular looks and trends to follow slavishly.
Of course, some popular trends continue, but with updates. The Mid-Century Modern trend appears to be morphing towards a Seventies vibe with textured fabrics, bold retro patterns for tiles and soft furnishings and shots of orange and green, Boho is looking less hippie and more sophisticate and Modern Farmhouse/Refined Rustic is looking fresh with the addition of quirky unique pieces and vintage one-offs to add the element of surprise to every room.
Photo: Cate Black Photography
The theory is that after pandemic lockdowns and working from home we've all been staring at our very own four walls and thinking about how we really want to live and what we want to live with, prompting a desire for creating highly personal spaces that are more deeply meaningful and nourishing.
So instead of outlining hot new “looks” let's take a look at the elements people will be looking to incorporate into their homes. It's time to create a space that makes you smile!
Quality and Craftsmanship
Fast furniture is going the way of fast fashion. We know it's just not sustainable and quickly ends up in landfill. We'll be looking for quality furniture that will stand the test of time, artisan finishes and handcrafted objects with a uniqueness of spirit. Family heirlooms will be dusted off and given pride of place, mixed with local artworks and even thrift shop finds.
Start with quality modern furnishings for the major items – dining setting, sofas and bedroom suites – to give a cohesive look, then add artisanal pieces and accessories that speak to you emotionally, whether from the past or the present, and will stand the test of time.
Photo: Hei Homes Singapore
Biophilia is the process of connecting with nature and its benefits for humans. Apparently even depictions of natural scenes do us good so think about incorporating living plants (the quirkier the shapes the better – cacti are rising in popularity for the home), natural materials like timber and stone, even water features producing soothing background sounds.
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As well as enjoying the benefits of biophilic design, there's rising demand for intentional spaces for meditation, yoga, exercise, music or crafts. Create a corner for an activity just for you.
Bright, statement making individuality
Add a burst of colour, display that unusual collection of vintage teapots with pride. Now's not the time to hold back. It's the time for brilliant colour, weird and wonderful plant life and a strong sense of personal style. Whatever floats your boat goes – even if it's quiet neutrals and minimal surroundings, that's okay too. The aim is to create an uplifting space that's uniquely yours. Don't play it safe, make it playful if you dare!
Photo: YSG Studio
Other emerging signs to look out for
We're seeing inklings of other new trends on the horizon. Here's a brief rundown of some of them:
- Layering textures
- Chequerboard patterns
- Bold colour in the kitchen
- Pattern on pattern
- Wallpapered powder rooms – like little jewel boxes
- Bauhaus and Brutalist influences
- A return to dedicated dining rooms and separate kitchens
- Warm, spicy neutrals and ocean hues
And here's an intriguing one – food as décor. Sofas that look like soft bread rolls or croissants have made an appearance in the past year, as well as realistic fake cupcakes as decorative accessories, bread as art on walls and bowls of potatoes as décor items. You never know!