The Year of Modern Style 2023
While last year’s pandemic triggered a wave of comforting nostalgia and bright-colored expression, 2023 looks to be a year of heightened concern for self-care, sustainability and the future. Designers’ responses are reflected in trends ranging from escapist yearning to rebellious innovation.
Revisiting beloved styles from the past is always a popular industry trend, and 2023 seems to be no exception. As we move away from minimalism, ornate styles like Art Deco are poised to rise.
A nod to psychedelia is also in the works. While last year’s 60s psychedelia focused on escapism, 2023’s space psychedelia is about merging the past with the future through psychedelic patterns reminiscent of Memphis Design, Saturday morning cartoons and Lisa Frank school supplies, and futuristic themes like androids, spaceships and vaporwave landscapes.
Nature is another major influence. Homeowners are craving a deep connection to the outdoors, reports Houzz. This can be seen through sliding doors that seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor spaces, natural textures, materials and colors, and a huge plant craze that’s sweeping the nation. The natural aesthetic is even making its way into furniture designs, with curving lines defining the latest styles instead of straight, boxy ones.
The need for self-care and the desire to cultivate spaces that have meaning are also influencing interior design trends. This is evident in the movement toward a more minimal approach to bedding, with bedspreads and blankets replaced by simple duvets. It’s also apparent in the trend toward unfurnished bedrooms and mudrooms, with designers embracing the idea of homes as personal retreats.
In graphic design, visual storytelling is becoming a bigger focus. Rather than simply conveying abstract traits, designers are now crafting cohesive visuals that fit into a story about a brand or product. This is particularly evident in complex compositions, illustrated images that feature several scenes rolled into one—think one character snapping a photo while another is kayaking and yet another is climbing a mountain.
Decorative touches are also rising, with clashing prints and bright colors splashed on furniture fixtures, wallpapers and paints across the country. This new form of maximalism is a reaction to the bland neutrals that have been favored in recent years.
Concrete is still a popular material, but in 2023 it will be found in unexpected places, from furniture to wallpaper. It’s a versatile material that can be used to make unique accent pieces or add depth and warmth to an overall minimalist look. It’s also an eco-friendly choice because it’s made from recycled materials and can be stained to match any color palette. Pair it with wood or earthy tones for a striking contrast. The concrete trend is also in line with the organic, handmade and local aesthetic of 2023, as crafters are focusing on using locally-sourced materials and sourcing inspiration from their environment when designing. This includes incorporating native plants, repurposing vintage items and celebrating the beauty of nature.
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