Shaynna Blaze’s top 5 interior design trends for 2023
Beautiful home designs are always inspired by the interior design trends of the time. In the 1970s, interior designers were driven by nature, using earthy tones like mustard, ochre, red, tan and brown, while decorating with white cotton, linen, shagpile carpet and lots of exposed timber.
While refined florals, pastel colours and geometric patterns ruled in the ‘80s, the interior design of the ‘90s used eclectic colours, animal prints and sponge-painted walls to create dynamic, lively spaces. Fast-forward to the early 2010s and homeowners were swapping vibrant colours for white cabinetry and contrasting hues, rustic ‘worn’ look furniture and soft lighting. It was simple, clean and ever-so-2010.
With so many eras of inspiration to draw from, the hottest interior design trends now change every year!
In 2021 and 2022, our partner and interior design expert Shaynna Blaze accurately forecasted upcoming trends that became sensations with homeowners Australia-wide. For 2023, Shaynna says sustainability, minimalism and bold colours are here to stay, with the focus on simplicity and clean designs continuing to rule.
Here, we share Shaynna’s top five interior design trends for 2023. Read on!
According to Shaynna, sustainability will continue to be a major focus when it comes to interior design trends in 2023. Sustainable living can include switching to more environmentally friendly building materials to everyday changes like using recyclable fabrics, reducing waste and improving natural light to reduce energy costs.
From organic fabrics to natural light and airflow through open-plan spaces, homeowners will continue looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and make a difference for the good of the planet.
“Our environment and climate change is something we can work on in our everyday lives — from the building materials we use to window placement and the natural airflow in our house, we can minimise our use of extra heating and cooling,” Shaynna says.
“On top of that, focus on looking at the soft furnishings from your carpets and rugs to the types of materials used, the foam in your furniture right down to the materials in your towels and tea-towels.”
#2: Curves and textures
Arched doorways and organic shapes have been a huge trend for sofas and furniture for the last few years, and it looks like the trend isn’t going anywhere over the next couple of years.
Popularised in the ‘70s, curves are used indoors to soften a space and break up straight lines throughout the home. Rather than a “blast from the past”, Shaynna says to look at this trend from a more creative, contemporary perspective. Gentle curves make a space easy to navigate visually and physically, making them a great fit for open-plan interiors.
“Rather than think it is a ‘blast’ from the ’70s, think in more classic designs of Art Deco and even back to Italianate and Tuscan architecture which is a more elegant style with longevity.”
Meanwhile, contrasting rough and smooth textures make a space more visually interesting and enhance the feel of your interior decor – for example, textured and matte fabrics add an intimate, earthy feel while smooth textures work well in sleek, contemporary settings.
“Our need for softness and texture in our furnishings, linens and even details in wallpaper helps soften harsh lines and architecture and will be an important player to give a sense of warmth and softness to the minimalist trend.”
After two complicated years in Australia, simplicity comes as a refreshing change. Shaynna believes minimalist interior design trends will continue as the leading style in 2023.
Minimalist decors typically use clean lines, simple layouts and minimal colour palettes, with strong colours and statement furniture and lighting as accents. The difference now is the focus on texture, and curves with traditional patterns — giving it a relaxed and soulful version of the original ‘minimalist’.
“Scaled-back architectural features and décor does not mean stark and boring,” Shaynna says.
“This is a trend that won’t suit everybody but it will give simplicity to your life. Simplicity is something that we have all been craving coming out of a very strange two years and our homes can give us the much-needed visual space to breathe.”
“There will be a big focus on impact pieces such as statement lighting pieces, hidden lighting, and strong architectural lines in roof and ceiling lines, doors and windows.”
#4: Bold colours
Giving a nod to the earthy colours and textures of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Shaynna says strong block colours will continue their popularity as one of Australia’s favourite interior design trends for 2023.
Homeowners love using bold colours to add a touch of vibrance and life to their space. They’re also a hit with minimalist interiors, as distinct colours and darker shades like navy, olive and raspberry create a beautiful contrast with natural tones and minimal colour choices.
“Colours are bold and in the warm palette,” Shaynna says.
“There is definitely a throwback to ‘70s and ’80s but they are muted and organic rather than a strong primary colour. Think raspberry, ochre, terracotta and olive greens in kitchens, laminate and furniture, not just as feature walls.”
#5: Multi-functional living spaces
Finally, multifunctional spaces will continue their dominance as an essential feature in Australian homes.
With work-from-home setups becoming a mainstay for most homeowners, interior designers are finding new ways to transform living rooms, spare bedrooms and entertaining areas into multi-functional spaces. Think home offices in living rooms and open-plan kitchen and dining rooms, saving space and creating two-for-one rooms.
“The home office will not be going away, so consider ways to integrate this into your home — not just as a separate space but in a spare bedroom, a sunroom or even a separate entertaining area so you are getting twice the use and function of a room,” Shaynna says.
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