While I don’t pay much attention to trends for my own decorating, plenty of folks do. And for good reason. When it is time to sell your home, it’s good to know. And it’s also just interesting to note what is popular since interior design trends tend to reflect other cultural shifts. We looked at what Architectural Digest and House Beautiful predicted for last year, so let’s see if they hold.
Are These Interior Design Trends Still Popular?
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Styles Hello Lovely Followers Still PIN
Regardless of trends, NATURAL and UNFUSSY looks continue to be pinned by followers of this blog and my Pinterest feed.
Since timeless is still a favorite here, can we call it a trend? Hahahaha.
Casual interpretations of timeless style are especially favored.
Whether you call it country, modern country, or modern European country, or rustic elegance, it’s highly livable.
Jenni Kayne’s California cool, natural, laid back luxe is a great example of casual elegance. (And it’s also an example of ‘buy once, cry once’ since you’ll pay a pretty penny for quality that will keep serving you well for years.
Are Sanctuary Style & Cozy Comforts Still Trending?
And howwwwww! So many ways to create a calm, sanctuary feel at home whether your jam is city or country. If you love farmhouses in the South of France, or the minimal luxe organic beauty of California casual, a tranquil aesthetic sometimes begins simply with a quiet color palette.
Do these colors from the past year still speak to you?
Because I think they are still resonating with folks who are comforted by soft earth tones. Paint is such a relatively easy way to change the mood so a space feels more like a refuge.
It can be as simple as identifying a space to chill, subtracting everything from it, and then slowly adding back soft, cozy layers. If your space has became cluttered during the holidays, don’t wait for spring to subtract…enjoy the benefits now!
While this solid white oak (and made in the USA!) desk costs more than I can afford, this image captures a pared-down, natural, organic look I’m always after:
You’ll find all sorts of inspiration you never even knew you needed in books by Jenni Kayne:
Are the 1980s Still Surfacing in Design?
While 80s influences still seem common, it seems to me that the 90s and Y2K have surged in popularity in recent months.
Anyone else recall all the teal, mauve, windowpane patterns, preppy style, lacquered furniture, mirrored walls, waterbeds, curvy mod furniture, and paneling from the Reagan years? Let’s walk down memory lane for a moment…
While I’m not mad at bentwood dining chairs, the sofa, or mushroomy lamp shades from 1984 (below), those rigid straight lines of the sofa and Ikea Lack tables seem so harsh. Folks need soft edges and curves in the 2020s!
Remember bedrooms like this?
Are Houseplants & Indoor Gardens Still Trending?
Last year, House Beautiful declared indoor gardens to be the top wellbeing interior trend, and it certainly seemed accurate.
There are new businesses everywhere specializing in providing and caring for plants in offices and workplaces.
I have more plants than ever, and while they are suggestive of clean, fresh air, they don’t actually clear toxins from the air as much as uplift spirits.
The trend of demanding more sustainability is going strong. We are all ditching plastic and welcoming natural, non-toxic materials that are not manmade.
Did GREEN Turn Out to Be as Much of a Color Crush as Expected?
Green probably soared even higher than anyone expected, and I’m sure you have seen it everywhere. AD noted,
“…shades like emerald bring a sense of tranquility and rejuvenation into any space, whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, or office. (It’s part of that ongoing process of reconnecting with nature.)”
If you’re into a serene kinda green, you’ll definitely want to peek at THIS too!
We definitely saw a lot of folks painting walls, trim, and ceiling a singular shade.
Was the Past Year Colored With Minimalism or Maximalism?
It depends on who you ask and where you look, but because of economic woes and other factors, minimalism seemed on the rise. It may depend somewhat on where you live. Last year, House Beautiful (UK) reported a 535.88% increase in minimalism searches.
Yet Architectural Digest reported a different perspective:
“After being confined to our homes for so long, the sterile nature of minimalism is out! More people are pivoting hard into maximalism with weird, whimsical, and wiggly decor pieces that are bursting with unapologetically fun energy.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if in America, we’re split right down in the middle like everything else!!!
Think about it. Millennials appear to love traditional style with vintage and nostalgia.
And for those interested in their grandparents’ style, it is hard to really be a minimalist.
GenXers like me seem to like a more spare look, rotating items rather than seeing everything from inside the storage cabinets.
What is your take on the minimal vs. maximal trend for the 2020s?
Is Modern Farmhouse Style Waning?
When earth shut down in 2020, a whole lot of people began working remotely from home and many moved at least temporarily, to more rural environments.
Style-maker and designer Leanne Ford left LA for country living in Pennsylvania and said this about how her collection with Crate & Barrel was born:
“…it seems like everyone either moved to the country or wanted to. I fell for this look that
feels dusty, rusty and a little glam.”
In case you haven’t yet peeked at her laid back approach to decorating a Sears house in the country (with second floor ceilings so low, she couldn’t even stand up, see the tour here:
The thing is, while we may not see the term “modern farmhouse” in 2023 as often as past years, marketers are clever. There will be new terms to describe the style! What we used to call “modern country” in the 90s became “farmhouse” and then “modern farmhouse.” Ya know?
And let’s face it, it’s those spaces that don’t fall easily into one category that are interesting and full of character.
Has Vintage Style Stayed Hot?
Indeed. We’re all concerned about the earth, waste, sustainability, and landfills. Thrifting is as cool as ever, and shopping FB Marketplace is hugely popular. My friend Jenny mixes vintage with whimsy so well:
But there’s another reason vintage remains hot right now. NOSTALGIA. Times are hard, and a lot of people long for the past and not so distant past (as in pre-pandemic).
I’m a huge fan of how Tracie of My Petite Maison lives beautifully with vintage pieces.
Are Books Cooler Than Ever?
It feels like they are. Maybe because it is old school and an antidote to techie overload. It also just feels more civilized than iPhone scrolling.
My fingers are still crossed that book collections will not become a passing trend or a status symbol in the 2020s…we need libraries to remain open!
Thanks for listening to these opinions, and I’d love you to add yours. Have you jumped on any bandwagons in the past year? Seeing any emerging trends for 2023?
Peace to you right where you are.
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