Warm and saturated colors, elaborate architectural details and even curvier statement furniture: In 2023, the Lumens Innovators Council is looking toward decadence in design. To start off the new year, we caught up with the council members—a cohort of interior designers, industry entrepreneurs, educators and influencers—and asked them to weigh in on where design is headed, and what we can look forward to leaving in the past.
In for 2023: Color. Color. And More Color.
Shari Francis: As of recently, I noticed my clients conscientiously choosing color. Color in furniture, experimenting with colors for wall treatments. Just color in all varieties. I think people are using colors to express their moods and personalities rather than allow the color to dictate that they should feel… and it’s refreshing.
Wesley Moon: I predict that warmer, earthier color palettes will saturate the market in 2023 (i.e. moss green, taupe with green undertones, cinnabar, creamier off-whites, and soft dusty blues).
Adi Goodrich: Full-color kitchens—no more boring kitchens!
Victoria Tonelli: Rich, saturated colors will make a major comeback in 2023. I’ve already started to see these types of colors infiltrate the accessory market, but I think this color category will start to be seen on walls and used in a bigger, more impactful way than just throw pillows. I’m loving the look and feel of fully monochromatic spaces—a room done purely in one shade of a color. All the walls, the furniture, the draperies, the rugs in the same amazing color. I wouldn’t do this everywhere in the home, but one or two rooms could make for such cool, stylish spaces—done in a really bold and saturated color for high impact. Wouldn’t be the same in all shades of gray.
Alvin Wayne: I think we’ll see more chrome used versus brass. Think more Seventies-Eighties chrome.
Goodbye, Sparseness. Hello, Architectural Details.
Anne Sage: After years of sparse white boxes, I’ve been loving the recent return to celebrating more elaborate interior architecture! Everything from built-in shelving and wainscotting to arched doorways and coved ceilings…spaces are feeling really layered and rich lately and I’m here for it!
Shari Francis: There seems to be a push to mix and match styles in unconventional or unexpecting ways and it’s quite exciting. For example, I am working with a young family that has varying tastes in the design: One loves the Art Deco curves while the other is into post-modern and industrial design.
Victoria Tonelli: Archways and curves are going to have even more of a moment in 2023 than they did in 2022. I could see in even the most modern of spaces the incorporation of curves and softer lines instead of straight angles and squares. This will soften spaces and add a ton of character and interest.
More Sustainability. More Nature. More Artisan-Made Goods.
SF: I hope to see more sustainability, but more as a staple rather than a trend. I do believe that incorporating items that have been passed down generationally and/or things that have deep personal meaning will be a trend. It will be more than a statement piece but items that can blend into the entirety of a design composition.
AG: Artist-made furniture and custom pieces that are collectable and made in small quantities.
AW: I would love to see more nature coming inside through plant life and patterned wallpaper that reflects nature. Biophilic design.
WM: I hope to see original artisan-made furniture pieces with more character and less brass in 2023.
The Rise of the “Art Chair.”
AS: I’m a big fan of the “art chair:” Sculptural, one-off chairs used to add personality to an otherwise empty spot in your home. It’s the perfect excuse to pick up that fantastic vintage chair at the thrift store that you might otherwise have left behind because it wasn’t part of a set! Style it with a stack of books, use it as a plant stand, let it shine on its own…or do what I’ve done and use it to hide the WiFi router at the end of your hall, ahah!
…And the Interior Design Trends We’re Leaving Behind in 2022?
SF: I do hope flimsy, less durable, ‘fast furniture’ will leave for quality items that have longevity and are better for the environment.
AG: Zelige Tile—never liked it!
WM: I would love to leave Jeaneret Chairs and Polar Bear Sofas behind us in 2022.
AS: I’d like to wave goodbye to the trend of the instant makeover. Video has been a fun format for design creators to play with on social media, but it’s fostered the erroneous idea that great design happens with the snap of a finger. As we all know, design is a process and the best spaces require time, patience and lots of work! Moving forward I’d love to see us all sharing and celebrating the process of design in all its messy glory!
VT: On the color note, I think cool tones are on their way out and warmer tones are on their way in. I think gray has really had its moment for several years. I’ve definitely been a self-proclaimed gray lover but slowly feel myself veering away from the color and leaning towards creamier neutrals and warmer tones to make the spaces I’m designing feel more inviting. If there is too much of a focus on white and gray, I find spaces risk feeling lifeless.
Also hoping the open-shelving trend is on its way out. The stacked, reclaimed wood, open shelves that often risk feeling cluttered and disorganized feels overdone. I think there are a lot of other ways to allow a space, and more specifically, a kitchen to feel open and airy.