These much-loved 2022 home decor trends aren't going anywhere in 2023

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Quick PSA: Don't redecorate just yet. The biggest 2022 decorating trends aren't going anywhere. In 2023, these design ideas and color palettes will be just as relevant as they were over the last year. Our homes — and how we use them — will continue to evolve just as they always do and micro trends will certainly rock up at some point next year. Still, there are a few concepts we all seemed to have really liked last year that are holding on tight as we blast into 2023. In essence, we have some good news for bold color lovers and sustainability enthusiasts.

Though some new 2023 decor trends have popped up, here are the ideas that will remain constant as we navigate a new year.

2022 home decor trends sticking around for 2023

While we wonder if Cottagecore is going to stick around (likely), and if our bright pink accent chair was a timeless purchase, not just a trendy one, these are the interior design trends you can count on holding their spots in 2023.

Curved furniture and accents

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Celebrate your sleeping beauty heroine self with a striking headboard silhouette, inspired by theatrical Rococo and Regency designs. Oozing classic appeal with a luxurious look, a statement headboard makes a timeless addition to any bedroom decor scheme.

Last year, the design experts at Button & Sprung (opens in new tab) said, "There has been a move away from sharp rectangular bed designs, towards headboards with adventurous curves." It's still happening. In 2023, it won't just be Art Deco, Regency, and Rococo style, but modern waves and more squiggly lines.

Bright and playful colors

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Color can massively affect mood and well-being. Brighter shades are often associated with a naturally uplifting effect, so it's no surprise that there is increased interest in "dopamine decorating." Experiment with bright primary hues and try color blocking throughout your apartment.

"Color engages with people’s emotions," Kathryn Lloyd, Crown paints (opens in new tab) color consultant, told us last year. "Moving into 2022 and then into 2023, we’ll begin to see stronger, more saturated shades emerge. Our digital world seems to have heavily influenced designers. In the home it’s all about making things so they can be adapted; spaces to evolve."

Warm colors and natural textures

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Embrace slow living and bring the raw simplicity and sensory calm of nature into your home with honest materials and tactile textures in an effortless palette of calming neutrals. This mindful home trend is balanced, considered, and visually interesting. It was one of the biggest living room trends of 2022 and is scooting over into 2023.

Everlasting dried flowers and dyed and dried grasses remain hugely popular decorative accessories, working in harmony alongside fresh and faux house plants, to further blur the boundaries between outside-in living.

"Earthy textures, organic natural shapes, raw materials, and greenery will all be elements that ground the home for design longevity," explained Milwaukee-based interior designer Anna Franklin of Stone House Collective (opens in new tab).

Sanctuary color schemes

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We all want to chill more often. Things have been stressful for all of us; therefore, it makes sense that we're all still seeking out calming colors that remind us of nature, spas, and other calm places.

Cathryn Sanders, head of creative at Earthborn Paints (opens in new tab), explained to us that "color is a powerful way to create a mood in any home, a mood that aligns with how you wish to feel while spending time in that particular room." So whether you paint, wallpaper, switch out your bedding or curtains, be mindful of the hue.

Sculptural vases

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Like curved furniture, funky vases and decorative objects are holding their ground too in this upcoming year. It's the perfect way to add personality, color, and interest to a space without taking much budget or effort. DIY vases and vessels have become fun extrovert personalities in their own right, showcasing abstract forms and voluptuous curves in a plethora of bright and breezy colorways and patterns. Grow an entire family of wacky and wild characters along your sideboard or shelving unit for an instant, artful update.

Interior design experts at Milc Interiors (opens in new tab) noted last year that vases are "wow-factor pieces thanks to innovations in materials and unique designs emerging," and this still holds true now.

Accent lighting

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In 2022, pendant lighting (glass in particular) was popular, not just in kitchens and dining rooms, but bedrooms and even bathrooms.

Ian Cameron, creative director at Cameron Design House (opens in new tab), mentioned in 2022 that "glass configurations will grow louder and prouder over the coming year," and it's ringing true for 2023 as well. Not only glass, but mushroom lamps, nostalgic designs from decades past, and colorful task lighting will all show face too.

What is the best decorating trend for 2023?

Bright colors and natural, warmer palettes are two trends that are easy to get behind next year. Lindye Galloway, founder and chief creative officer at Lindye Galloway Design Studio + Shop (opens in new tab) told us in our 2023 trend report that "a lean towards warmer colors for moodier spaces" wasn't going anywhere. People are either leaning towards hues that brighten their space and lift their mood or tones that help them relax.

Another big focus is sustainability. This isn't a trend per se, but something people are understandably caring more and more about each year. Ben White, design and trade expert at Swyft, told us last year that in 2022 sustainability and natural design were key. "With the public's increased exposure to climate change, the idea of sustainability has fed into the interior industry and our homes," noted White, adding that how we choose our big home purchases was due for an overhaul. "Investing in meaningless furniture and accessories is a thing of the past."

What are the predicted 2023 color trends?

Renters and homeowners alike are getting confident with color as interiors embrace energizing shades. Cobalt blue, orange, pink, red, and shades of green will continue to work their way through 2023. Additionally, neutrals and nature-inspired hues won't be leaving our sides either.

Interior Design Trends to Know in 2022—And What’s on Its Way Out

For millennia, interior design trends have been used as aesthetic aids in our attempts to find some sort of inner peace: take the ancient Chinese art of feng shui, where spatial positioning corresponds with energy flow, or wabi sabi, the Japanese practice of embracing an imperfections, or ancient Rome's fondness for using earth-tone colors and geometric patterns in order to mimic the harmony of nature. “There is more and more research that shows the direct influence that our homes have, not only on our moods, but our overall health and well-being,” interior designer Timothy Corrigan of Timothy Corrigan Inc. tells Vogue. So is it any wonder that in 2022—our third consecutive year in a global pandemic—the top interior design trends are again focused on making us feel emotionally at ease?

“We have been forced to slow down and spend time in our homes—this drives a strong desire to really create a space that reflects both visually and affectionately what it is we are feeling. As of lately we are paying close attention to how design has the ability to create an energy,” says Erick Garcia of the Los Angeles-based design firm Maison Trouvaille. “This all excites me very much—allowing the senses to drive a space.”

And what, exactly, are our senses drawn to in 2022? 14 top interior designers have some ideas. For starters, several predict the rise of the enveloping, earthy color of brown, displayed in fabrics like leather or even in terracotta walls (how Ancient Rome of us). Others see a spike in nature-inspired surfaces and accents—think marbles and mushroom shapes—while others say their clients can’t get enough soft, curvy furniture. Essentially, anything that feels warm, welcoming and cozy is in: “Clients are asking for warmth, comfort and airiness—this seems to be a common thread amongst current and past projects,” says Garcia. Athena Calderone, founder of Eyeswoon, agrees: “Who wouldn’t want to design a room that feels like a warm hug?”

Then, there’s the pandemic reality that our homes have become the main settings of our lives: where we work, sleep, and socialize. Every corner, and every object we're surrounded by, must serve some sort of purpose. Perhaps it’s a functional one—Kelly Wearstler touts the rise of useful domestic technology—or an emotional one, like Mark D. Sikes's prediction that we will see more travel-inspired interiors. “We really want to examine what we love, what we want to live with every day and for years to come,” concludes Robin Standefer of Roman and Williams.

7 Home Decorating Trends That Designers Can't Wait to Say Goodbye To

Interior design trends come and go as design concepts shift based on functionality and popularity. Here, some of our favorite designers and tastemakers from across the nation share which trends they can’t wait to see in the rearview mirror. Some are decidedly out of fashion, while others have the staying power of truly pesky movements. From all-white everything to the modern farmhouse approach, here are seven trends designers can’t wait to say goodbye to in 2022.

7 Trends Designers Are Over

Gray on Gray on Gray

One trend multiple designers are not a fan of is the overuse of gray in the home. Merrill Lyons, principal of Lyons Studio in New York City, says, "Monochromatic grey has to go! It's just so overdone, and it takes a really keen eye and a healthy budget to make it look good." The designer cautions that unless you're working with a professional who can create texture and depth, it's much more realistic to consider layering in some colors and eclectic combinations of fixtures and furniture. She continues, "If you love a monochromatic room, try doing it with color or a wide spread of the same color. For example, if you really don't like too much color, try doing the full spectrum of neutral tones from black to white and in between." Here are our favorite neutral paint colors to help bring fresh color to your space without going too bold.

Bryan Frost, the owner of Florida's Black Awning Interiors , is also over this home design trend. In his experience, clients have loved predominantly featuring neutrals, especially gray, in the home. Instead, Frost shares, "Try a bold color for a refresh! Cabinet trends embrace greens and blues. Wallpaper doubles as artwork, bringing a colorful splash into a static neutral space." Here are our favorite bold paint color combos and unexpected wallpaper ideas to help you get started.

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Phoenix-based Lauren Lerner, the founder and principal designer of Living with LoLo, has also had enough of grays. Though they've been used everywhere the last few years, she is happy to see new color trends emerge that help clients smile and feel energized. "Gray walls and countertops are on their way out and are being replaced with more warm neutrals and brighter colors. The new warmer neutrals pair so nicely with greens, which allow our clients to bring a bit more of the outside indoors," Lerner says.

Matching Metals

Matchy-matchy is never a good look, especially when it comes to the use of metal finishes in a space. Florida-based Andrew Howard, an interior designer at James Michael Howard , has had enough of matching metals. He explains, “​​I am tired of all metals in a room having to match… Mixing it up is becoming way more fun and interesting, and I don’t know why we forced ourselves into a box on these things for so long.”

Wicker Furniture

While wicker furniture has long been used for its durable qualities and tropical aesthetic, Tara Miller, owner and lead interior designer of Omaha’s The Heartland Interior Design , thinks its time has come and gone after a 2019 peak. “I’d like to think that wicker furniture has become tired and feels dated. In its place is now the more clean and refined cane furniture. You can see this natural material implemented on the front of cabinets, sideboards, and in the seats and backs of chairs. It’s a lovely natural fiber that is a similar color to wicker but has a cleaner look,” the design pro shared.

If you still love the wicker look, make sure you're shopping for well-made pieces with a more modern silhouette. Our wicker furniture picks will add texture to your space without dating it.

Animal-Shaped Rugs

Beyond an actual hunting lodge or cabin, animal-shaped rugs are hard to pull off. Beth Kooby, interior designer at Beth Kooby Design in Atlanta, explains, "I'm not a fan of the animal-shape rugs I see everywhere now. They're too juvenile for any room other than a kids' room! I'd rather see a colorful vintage wool rug."

Modern Farmhouse

Shiplap no more, please, according to Bryan Frost. "Shiplap and rustic farmhouse applications are beginning to read pedestrian. Going forward, shiplap and popular molding details should only be used as it relates to the home's architectural style," said the owner of Black Awning Interiors. He instead suggests embracing the era and design style of your home by using trims, moldings, or details that relate to your home's architectural attributes.

Similarly, Beth Kooby is over the modern farmhouse outside aesthetic. "I'm very tired of seeing so many homeowners still jumping on the modern farmhouse, painting the house white and window trim black. This works okay on an actual farm." The interior designer explains that trying to force a style on a home never looks good.

Molly Van Amburgh, a Texas-based designer, agrees. "I am so tired of beautiful, old red, dark brick being painted white when there was no reason to do so besides looking like every other house on the block. I love a white house, I live in a white brick house, but it is not always needed or necessary. Instead, hire a designer, architect, or landscape architect who all understand the [home's history] to help you see what can be changed to preserve the beauty." Van Amburgh continues, "Every house does not need a black metal glass door. I agree that many homes could use a new front door, but again, think about the architecture of the home—a black metal door may not be the answer!"

Joyce Downing Pickens, principal at JDP Interiors , has had enough of the farmhouse trend as well. "There's something about this style that strips everything charming about a traditional farmhouse and its character and leaves you with something that feels sterile. You have to work much harder with your furniture and accessories to warm these spaces up and infuse character back in them. Unless you are a designer, it sets the owner up for failure," the Los Angeles-based design pro shared.

Lauren Lerner , an interior designer in Phoenix, Arizona, is also ready to say goodbye to the modern farmhouse heyday. She explains, "We still have new clients requesting this, and it just doesn't feel fresh to us anymore. We are replacing this with more modern and contemporary styles."

Duped Trend

Another trend that Frost is ready to say goodbye to is when homeowners try dupes, a sort of fast fashion approach to interior design. He explains, “Instagram and other digital platforms have become a regurgitation of unoriginal DIY design accounts suggesting common board-and-batten makeovers and ‘duped’ furniture look-a-likes. A lack of quality promotes throwaway interiors.” Instead, Frost suggests investing in high-performing materials and craftsmanship with a focus on quality and longevity.

All-White Everything

Pickens is ready to say goodbye to all-white everything. Instead, she shares that a British-inspired design aesthetic is back in, which she describes as the layered sensibilities of patterned fabrics, wallpaper, and muted color tones. “Patterned fabrics, wallpaper, and layers are cropping up everywhere, and I am here for it! I love how the harder you look, the more you see. [It] feels like a present for the eyes, unlike the all-white everything of the 2000s which was very bare and flat,” the designer explains.

Tara Miller of The Heartland Interior Design is especially thrilled to see all-white kitchens going out of style. Miller adds, “Goodbye, all white kitchens [that] feel lifeless and sterile.” Instead of white, the founder suggests ways to make your kitchen reflect an accurate reflection of your most authentic self. She expanded, “Look at your closet and see what colors you like to wear. Look at your jewelry and see what metal tones you are drawn to. Do you like to spend your time outdoors or in the city? Collect a mental picture of all of the things you love and implement them into your kitchen! It might be a more natural hand-molded backsplash tile rather than a rigid white subway tile. It might be a green cabinet color that reminds you of hiking in the forest.”

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