5 Interior Design Styles that You Can Incorporate Into Your Home

5 Interior Design Styles that You Can Incorporate Into Your Home

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No matter what space you’re redesigning, it’s best to define an interior design style that you can use to focus and guide your design and purchasing decisions. As you research different looks, you’ll quickly discover that a whole host of options exist for you to pull from for ideas and inspiration. Which style you select should depend not only on your own taste but also the feel and layout of the space you’re designing for. Here are a few of the most common interior design styles to help you get started.

1. Minimalist

Best in large, open rooms rich with natural lighting, minimalist styles place the idea that “less is more” front and center. Don’t get confused though—minimalism doesn’t mean you should wind up with a cold and empty space. Instead, it’s about being selective with your design choices so that you rely on straightforward, geometric structures, simple materials and textures, and a color palette composed mostly of black, white, and one or two primary colors. By doing so, you highlight the shape and color of each piece as well as draw attention to the actual space in which they reside.

2. Industrial

Industrial interiors draw inspiration from factories of days past, and today this is most common in urban lofts and reclaimed old buildings now serving as apartments, condos, or working spaces. In this style, expect unfinished surfaces and distressed wood as well as exposed brick, concrete, ducts, and steel beams. Designers often also add metal pendant or floor lighting as statement pieces within the space. For a somewhat softer and more inviting feel, try mixing in a few rugs, textiles, and wall art with warm coloring as a contrast to the rest of the raw industrial elements around you.

3. Art deco

Walking into an art deco style room should feel like stepping into the pages (or set) of The Great Gatsby. For inspiration, picture the famed 20s and 30s, a world filled with stunning geometric shapes (sunbursts, chevrons, zigzag patterns, and more), shiny lacquered wood, bold chrome or brass fixtures, and decorative accent mirrors. Some art deco seating may have a large rounded front while other furniture will feature sharp, streamlined angles and edges, possibly with glass tops. Lighting is typically layered, in that wall, ceiling, floor, and table lights may all be used in one space. In art deco, colors are typically neutral but bold colors may be added sparingly.

4. Mid-century modern

The mid-century modern style reflects popular designs from the 50s and 60s. Like the art deco style, mid-century modern interiors also feature geometric shapes, but in a more simplistic and subtle manner, with cleaner lines and less ornamental detailing than seen in the 20s or 30s. Furniture in this style will have natural, organic curves, with a minimalist yet functional design. While wood was still a common choice, materials like plastic, plywood, stainless steel, or aluminum are also characteristic of this style. Mid-century interior design styles commonly showcase pops of accent colors including oranges, yellows, greens, blues, and dark browns.

5. Eclectic

With the eclectic style, designers bring together a range of fabrics, colors, patterns, and textures, mixing pieces while still creating a final design that feels thoughtful and cohesive. Sounds tricky, huh? While eclectic style is about diversity, it’s also about finding balance and commonalities. With every piece you consider, you’ll have to carefully assess its relation to other selections and the room as a whole to ensure that individual pieces are complementary in some way. Eclectic style takes time to master, but, once you do, designing interiors with such standout personalities can be a great outlet for your creativity!

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The Biggest Home Decor Trends of 2023 (Plus, 4 that are on their way out)

Like fast fashion, home decor trends change quickly these days. Decades ago, people would decorate their homes once every 20 years. Now it seems like it’s time for a refresh every three or four.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we should all abandon our decorating style and start from scratch any time there’s a new home decorating trend. Also like in fashion, it’s best to choose the trends that suit your style and leave the rest. If something doesn’t feel like you, skip it.

Personally, I like to pick and choose a couple of small ways to update my home each year, like with throw pillows, a piece of art, or a new paint color, so things feel fresh and current.

Curious to know where interior design trends are headed for 2023? Is farmhouse going out of style? Are green walls still going to be everywhere? What are the kitchen trends to avoid?

After writing about home decor and interiors for over a decade, I’ve been conditioned to spot trends. So, I’ve gathered together all of the trends that I’ve seen emerging recently, from new patterns and colors that we’ll all gravitate toward, to new ways of shopping that’ll help us all navigate the global supply chain slow-down, and rounded them up for you, below.

The biggest home decor trends for 2023

Because there are so many trends happening right now, I’ve broken them down into a few categories. The first is kitchen design trends for 2023, then I’ve also added color trends, materials trends, and furniture/decor trends.

Kitchen design trends for 2023

1. English-style freestanding cabinets

The Brits often use freestanding cabinetry in the kitchen. It’s on feet and not mounted to the wall. While this look is timeless across the pond, it’s becoming a trend here. If you notice in the kitchen above, by blogger Alaina Kaczmarski, the kitchen cabinets look raised, like they’re on feet. Mark my word, it’s gonna be a big look.

2. No upper cabinets.

Until about 2018, upper cabinets in the kitchen just seemed like a given. You had a lower set of cabinets, and then an upper set.

Then, Instagram and Pinterest started swapping out upper cabinets for open shelving. And in 2022, you don’t need any shelving at all. Just wall space that you can use for art or windows or anything that isn’t storage.

In fact, I much prefer no cabinetry to open shelving, because it’s just more practical.

3. Dark green kitchen cabinets.

Color has been creeping back into kitchens little by little over the last few years. It started with contrasting islands in all white-kitchens, or gray cabinets in lieu of white, and now cabinets are being drenched in saturated colors. While moody blues have been a big hit and will remain popular in 2022, the most of the moment shade is a dark green, a la this kitchen from House & Home.

4. Wood-toned kitchen cabinets.

The other big kitchen cabinet design trend is the re-introduction of wood tones. Wood tones were a big no-no in the 2010s because we had PTSD from the bad wood cabinets of the early 2000s, but in the 2020s, they’re ba-aack. Except, the glazed, oak-y cabinets of 2005 are actually still out (and should be forever). They’ve been replaced with rough-hewn, rich, natural looking woods like in the photo above by California based Taylor + Taylor interior design. Wood grain cabinets are especially gorgeous paired with white marble counters and aged brass or bronze hardware.

5. Black countertops.

Keeping in line with the moodier kitchen designs, black stone countertops are also poised to become a big trend next year. You’ve probably already seen them popping up around Instagram, and I expect that to continue for the next few years.

6. Plaster range hoods

Plaster or plaster-look range hoods emerged as a big trend in 2020, part of a turn toward more organic design forms all around the home, but particularly in the kitchen. You can get a similar look with wood coated in plaster, or white-painted wood like Alaina Kaczmarski did above.

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Materials & Paint Trends

7. Painted ceilings

All white rooms have given way to all sorts of saturation. And we’re not just talking walls. Ceilings are getting a splash of color, too. So if you’re planning to paint this year, look up. Painting the ceiling could be a bold move that’ll bring your whole space into the now.

8. Wall paneling.

Shiplap spurned an interest in wall paneling years ago, and since then the look has evolved to more traditional paneling, like picture-frame molding and elaborate crown molding, and the farmhouse-inspired board-and-batten paneling (like in my entry above). I love this look because it makes an entire room feel more bespoke. Long live paneling.

9. Checkered tile

Checkerboard tile is a classic, but it’s becoming a more popular pick for new homes and renovations thanks to its timeless look. I recently used a dark gray and white marble checkerboard tile in our home renovation and I LOVE how it turned out (see above).

10. Sage green walls

Sage green has been an it color since 2019. Since then, almost every major paint brand has named a shade of sage as their ‘color of the year.’ Benjamin Moore picked October Mist, Sherwin Williams chose Evergreen Fog, PPG’s was Olive Sprig, Glidden chose Guacamole, and Behr’s was Back-To-Nature. Yep, all in the last 3-ish years.

11. Colored Marble

Colored marble’s coming in hot. From Athena Calderone’s to-die-for pink marble bathroom design (above) that made the rounds on Instagram earlier this year, to smaller accent pieces made with black and green marble, we’re cracking open the full spectrum this year.

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12. Warmed-up neutrals.

Cool gray tones are starting to feel dated in the way that “tan” walls feel like the year 2000. But warm gray walls? Now those are chic. Tones that border on warm taupe, gray-brown, or super pale warm grays are the newest neutral for walls. Also: Beige is back, baby.

Furniture & Decor Trends

13. Boucle

Boucle is a nubby fabric that started coming back into style a few years ago, notably when Gwenyth Paltrow launched the ‘Gwyneth’ chair with cb2. It’s now a huge trend, and one that’s not going anywhere. It was all over Salone del Mobile in Italy earlier this year, which basically means the interior design powers that be are obsessed with it, so we can all expect to see it for another five years or more.

14. A secondhave wave

There are SO many reasons that secondhand, vintage and antique furnishings will be big this year. For one, there’s a big issue with supply chains around the world, meaning that everything (but especially furniture, it seems) is hard to get and taking forever to ship. If you’ve tried to order a sofa, you know that lead times are literally 4-6 months, or more. Purchasing secondhand can solve a lot of these issues.

Aside from easing supply chain problems, secondhand furniture is also more eco-friendly and sustainable. There is so much stuff already in the world, why not repurpose it or give it new life instead of buying something new?

Thanks to Facebook marketplace, Etsy, etc, it’s also easier than ever to find pre-loved and vintage pieces.

The table above is a secondhand piece from a family member. I painted it to give it a new look.

15. ’80s silhouettes.

’80s decor is back (but we’re doing it more tastefully this time around, praise be). The biggest way we’ll be working in ’80s glam is through silhouette. Think of the chunky, rounded, geometric furniture designs that are emerging right now as a reaction to all of the midcentury modernism we’ve been hit with over the last decade. (Which is exactly what happened in the ’80s: after the OG midcentury modernism craze in the 1950s-1970s, the bold Memphis design style took over in the ’80s and early ’90s).

I’ve seen this new ’80s-inspired furniture paired with super organic pieces, like the oversized pottery, primitive accent pieces, and earth-toned palettes and the result is chic AF. It also, ironically, pairs well with some of those midcentury pieces you’re surrounded with right now.

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16. Antique wall art (or at least wall art that looks antique)

Preferably, it’s in big gilt frames. Even better if it’s propped up on your kitchen counter or taking center stage in an otherwise contemporary living room. A few subjects that are particularly on-trend: forest landscapes (landscape paintings could almost be a trend in and of themselves), oil portraits, and dark, moody still lifes. This is a trend I’ve gotten on board with big time in my own home.

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17. Organic pottery.

Again, this one’s super-specific, but it’s also everywhere. Big vessels and planters that look like they were handmade 400 years ago? So hip for 2022, and the answer to the tripod-style planters that were on-trend a few years back.

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18. New traditionalism

Also known as The Studio McGee look. This style, which mixes earthy neutrals with shades of green and blue, the rusticity of farmhouse style, and fresh traditional furnishings is the new farmhouse.

19. Cone lamp shades

You couldn’t give away cone-shaped or pleated lamp shades five years ago — just ask the Goodwill. But now, a pyramid-like silhouette is all the rage when it comes to lighting. I scored the vintage lamp (and conical lampshade), above, on Etsy.

19. Silver accents.

Brass has been the it metal over the last decade, but shiny silver-toned metals are making a comeback. I think it’s because they pair beautifully and add nice contrast to all of the warmer-toned colors coming on the scene.

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20. Cane & rattan

Rattan and cane have been having a moment for a couple of years now, but I’m betting they’ll be even bigger in 2021 and for years to come. It’s classic, and incredibly versatile because it can read traditional, coastal, bohemian, and modern all at once. Go check your favorite home decor retailer and you’ll probably see at least half-a-dozen cane or rattan options: cane dressers, chairs, beds, settees, stools, benches. It’s all over the house.

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21. Grandmillennial decor

Grandma’s attic is officially the spot to shop. For a few years, decor in general has been trending back to traditionalism. People are *decorating* again, in the sense that we’ve traded minimalism for maximalist, and contemporary trends for enduring styles. Think: matching your sofa fabric to your drapery, adding fringe to the sofa, and breaking out the wedding china to set a table that would make Dorothy Draper proud.

22. Money trees.

There’s always an it plant. You know a plant has become popular when faux versions start to crop up at trendy retailers like CB2, West Elm, and Trget. Money trees have taken a spot next to the still-popular olive tree as the houseplant of choice for designers and influencers alike.

24. Rust & Amber

Autumnal-inspired shades like rust and amber are new neutrals, especially when it comes to upholstery. Expect to see lots of burnt orange velvets, gold-toned mohairs, amber glassware, etc.

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25. Abstract art.

Abstract art and brushstroke prints have been trending for years now (longer than I thought when I DIYed about 10 different prints for my apartment in Boston in 2014, and then carted them to Seattle, Chicago, and now to Connecticut because I actually still like them). It looks like those guys are gonna be around for a while longer, because based on all of the art selling on Minted, Etsy, Pottery Barn, West Elm, etc., I think this trend has a few years left in it.

26. Reeded and prismatic glass

From light fixtures, to doors, to candleholders, reeded glass will be big in 2023. It’s got a vintage vibe that makes whatever it’s used on feel authentic and original.

Home decor trends going out of style

Of course, there will also be some trends that will see their last leg in 2023. Here are a few overall aesthetics I think we will start to move away from this year. I call them:

Faux farmhouse, or “Gather”

For lack of a better word, I’m going to call this look “gather.” You know, the kind of style that’s based around a “gather” sign in a scrolling handwriting font. It’s the OG take on the farmhouse look, and arguably one of the biggest home decor trends of the last 50 years.

Farmhouse is still a fairly popular design style, but it’s evolving into something more sophisticated and less cliché. If you want to update your farmhouse style for 2023, ditch any sign you have hanging in your home that points to where the market is or advertises fresh milk, and any furniture that’s faux-distressed finished. Instead, think about ways to mix in more on-trend pieces into your style. Think landscape oil paintings, authentic antiques or vintage finds, and primitive-style pottery.

Midcentury overload

Midcentury is a classic look in its own right, but for the last ten years or so, it was THE way to do modern. Meaning, entire rooms were decorated like a midcentury museum exhibit. The look is tired, and a bit boring, which midcentury should never be. Going forward, midcentury furniture will be a piece of the puzzle in a room – a chair or a piece of art mixed with traditional or contemporary styles.

Black hardware & black windows.

Black hardware and windows are a product of the farmhouse trend. If you’re about to do a renovation or are building a home, skip the black windows and hardware. It’s started to feel just a little bit tired (unless it’s in a home where the black is authentic, like a Mediterranean-style or classic Tudor), so skip it and you won’t suddenly feel like you have a

Bright brass.

About a decade ago, we decided brass was back. It was banned for years after the 80s, and made it’s way back in a big way, in lighting, hardware, furniture legs, kitchen faucets, you name it, it was brass. The brass was typically a brushed gold color that looked very manufactured.

That look is dying out in favor of a more authentic use of the metal. Unlacquered brass, the kind that patinas over time, is absolutely gorgeous and will always be in style. It also works best when paired with other finishes and feels like a special touch, not the focal point of a space. This is where we’re going with brass this year and beyond.

How to incorporate decor trends into your home

First: You don’t have to use them all. Or like any of them.

Trends in home decor are like trends in fashion. Just because the kids are wearing crop tops and 90s-inspired athleisure doesn’t mean you have to run out and grab a bright red FILA tracksuit if you’re more of a J. Crew gal. Some trends will speak to your personal style and work in your home, and others won’t. Take the ones you like and work them into your space to give it a fresh update.

Second: Instead of taking trends literally, look at them as a way to get you thinking about your space.

I was at an event recently, and there was a woman from Home Depot on a panel discussion. She mentioned that, when they decide what paint colors they carry, they choose about 20 percent trend colors and 80 percent neutrals and classic shades.

She said most of the time, people come in to see what’s new and look at the trend colors, and then go with something more timeless or neutral.

But! They might do a trend color for an accent wall or a front door. You might not be willing to paint your home the Sherwin Williams color of the year, but maybe the color will inspire you to change up the color of the wall art in your living room.

Third: Keep trends in smaller doses

When it comes to decorating with trends, don’t adopt one and decorate your entire home in it. That’s a recipe for an outdated space in a few years. Not only is this costly to change, it’s also not environmentally friendly, and it’s a pain in the @$$.

Design experts generally agree that the best bet is to keep your larger pieces classic. So, your sofa, your bed, your dining room furniture. Go for something simple and high-quality, then get a little trendier with everything else. Ditto for major renovations. If you want to love your space for more than a few years, keep your choices simple and timeless, then layer on personality elsewhere.

How long do home decor trends last?

Generally, in both home decor and fashion, major trends last about 10 years. Major trends are things like the neutral of the moment: In the 2010s, it was all gray everything. Now, it’s all about brown and beige. Smaller trends, like specific patterns, or throw pillow styles, or uber-trendy wall art, have a shorter lifespan, about 3-5 years.

10 Designers Share the Biggest Interiors Trends of 2022

New year, new you—and a new place to match? As we enter 2022, we can't help but wonder what the next 12 months will have in store. And, since we've been spending a lot of time at home, we're thinking about how to update our spaces with the latest trends. Though our personal quarters are meant to reflect our own aesthetics, staying up to date on the most recent fads can offer a breath of fresh air.

So, what's next for our homes? We asked 10 Southern designers for the trends that are poised to make it big in the new year. Though their responses run the gamut from moody hues to an antique revival, one thing's for sure: 2022 has all the makings to be one very stylish year.

Catherine Nguyen

Chic Chocolate Hues

"We have been seeing a lot of clients embrace rich chocolate browns and lighter camel colors for their interiors," Zandy Gammons and Liles Dunnigan of Miretta Interiors in Raleigh, North Carolina. "This goes for paint as well as finishes and soft decor items like pillows and linens. These warmer tones feel more welcoming and are a backlash to the oversaturation of grays. People are over seeing interiors marked by light gray, dark gray, and more gray around every corner! We noticed that gray is the color of choice for nearly all quick build 'cookie cutter' new builds, so opting for a shade of chocolate browns feels more unique and custom."

Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Kendra Surface

Classic Canopy Beds

​​"I think canopy beds are really going to be having a moment in 2022," shares Atlanta-based designer Jared Hughes. "We are continuing to see major influences from historic and stately homes with the more maximal style of decorating that is classic but also of the moment."

Pictured: Southern Living 2020 Idea House main bedroom, designed by Lauren Liess. See more.

Sarah Stacey

Maximalism Marvel

"Trends always come in cycles and usually bounce in opposite directions," shares Texas-based designer Sarah Stacey. "Minimalism was so popular (and still is) for so long that maximalism is bound to continue to make a comeback. Maximalism is all about embracing 'extra'—be it a floral velvet, bullion fringe, or a 19th century French Commode. Or all three at once! I think richly hued palettes with layers of color and texture will take over in the new year. Texture like mohair, it is a luxurious fabric with a soft hand and makes for a gorgeous texture."

Sarah Stacey

Dark Kitchens

"Kitchens have really changed in the last five years—and darker and moodier colors will become even more popular," Stacey adds. "You can really play around these shades in paint throughout the kitchen. I love leathered stones [such as] granites, marbles, and quartzites! The matte and slightly bumpy texture tends to hide messes, which is both a pro and a con! But it is great for people like me who don't necessarily want to clean their countertops all of the time. These materials are going to be increasingly popular in 2022."

Pamela King

Something Old, Something New

"I think that the trend for defining your home will lean more towards incorporating reworked vintage finds and heritage furnishings into the home, as well as incorporating more custom furniture pieces to make [your] home uniquely yours," shares designer Joy Williams, who splits her time between Georgia and Illinois. "Furniture that's made by local makers and has reasonable sourcing times. We plan to offer more custom pieces designed by our firm in the near future and add limited runs so that we maintain exclusivity for our clients who don't want to see their custom pieces floating around the internet.

Haylei Smith

A Quiet Place

"I believe every home should have a Quiet Room, where introverts—and perhaps some extroverts—can retreat to process our day and recharge our internal batteries," shares Rachel Cannon, who has her eponymous firm in Baton Rouge. "Every day involves some level of recovery. While I've been preaching the need for a designated quiet room for a while, in 2022 we'll see this hybrid work scenario where people are split between working from home and going to an office. For an introvert, this makes us feel like we aren't firmly rooted in either place. The quiet room is what will continue to ground us and keep us working at our maximum performance. Simply carve out an area or room where you can quietly take time for yourself to read, draw, stitch, or simply be still and reflect. It's a healthy, powerful practice that allows you time to be more present for your family and continue to achieve your full potential."

Michael Hunter

A Cozy Palette

"I'm finding that our clients are more apt to incorporate moody colors into their homes as opposed to stark whites," shares Dallas-based designer Traci Connell. "We're using aubergine, hunter green, black and warmer alternatives to white such as taupe, beige, and cream. These moody spaces feel a bit more expressive and are certainly cozier."

Laura Negri Photography

Go For the Bold

"Darker, more saturated colors are going to be everywhere in 2022," shares designer Hope Austin. "Think wallcoverings and fabrics in bold blues and bright citrines paired with rich espresso and slate finishes."

Mali Azima

Find Joy in the Everyday

"​​Utilitarian spaces are going to bring more joy in 2022," shares designer Kristin Kong. "Even though they will still have durable finishes and functional elements, mudrooms, laundry rooms, and sculleries are going to be places where beloved collections are displayed and enjoyed throughout the day. From humble to fine, today's collections only need to catch your eye, provoke a thought, or recall a memory to be worthy of an artful presentation."

Elizabeth Day

Double Down on Details

"2022 is going to be a playful year," says Jenna Gross of Colordrunk Designs. "People want to have more fun at home, and they are willing to use bolder combinations of colors, patterns, and decorative elements than we have seen in years. Watch for interiors that are exuberant but sophisticated, where even small details like cabinet hardware and decorative trims add some 'wow' to a room."

Laura Negri Photography

All About the Banquette

"You can bank on banquettes being hot in 2022," predicts Courtney Dickey of TS Adams Studio. "They are great space savers and create cozy nooks with plenty of seating for groups of various sizes."

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