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Interior trends for 2023: We talk to a designer about the trends that all buyers should know about
Space-zoning, Japandi longevity and Boho upgrades… we’ve got everything you need to know to make a mark on your new home!

ARE YOU LOOKING to buy a new home? Obsessed with interior design and want to know what’s coming down the trend pipeline for next year? We’ve got you covered with the interior design trends that every home buyer should know about for 2023. 

If you’ve bought a new home, or are in the process of buying a new home, it’s no surprise that your head will turn to interior design. Buying a house is one thing, but turning it into a home is what it’s all about.

Putting your personal stamp on a house and the feeling of accomplishment when you turn the key to your new home, makes it all worthwhile – but let’s be honest – trends are hard to keep up with, and we’re all busy!

With that in mind, we caught up with Muriel Simpson, Interior Designer with House & Garden, to guide us through some of the key interior trends for the year ahead: 

2023 home trends 

So, what’s in store for interiors in the year to come? First up, fans of Japandi rejoice, we’re happy to report that this staple isn’t going anywhere soon, as Muriel explains:

The evolved Japandi Style will still be influential in 2023 with Boucle fabrics set to change colour for 2023, with warm terracotta colours replacing the white and ecru colours of last year.”

It’s not just the Japandi style that will continue to grow, as we’ll see space zoning continuing for 2023 allowing open plan interiors to become more intimate and multifunctional.

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Muriel believes that eco-friendly materials are also here to stay, “eco materials like cork, hemp and sisal are returning in popularity for flooring and stair runners both insulating and hardwearing.” 

And what about paint? Could we finally be seeing the demise of white ceilings and woodwork? Muriel gave us her expert opinion: 

2023 will see the return of darker wood stains on furniture and cabinetry and will feature heavily on interior palettes. The contrast will be key to making this trend work with lighter oak floors or warm tone tiles. Colour all over, painting rooms from walls to ceiling in a single hue will be a key trend in 2023.”  

Sustainable interior design

Sustainability as a conscious choice in design is growing and set to stay as we embrace recycled rugs, carpets to upholstery fabrics. Muriel told us what we can expect for the year ahead and how we can be more conscious when it comes to renewable and efficient design:

More increasingly, clients are asking whether wood furniture is from a renewable source or carries the FSC badge (forest stewardship council) or if the fabrics selected are labelled OEKO -TEX (free from harmful chemicals). The move from fast furniture, similar to fast fashion, can be seen in the growth of sourcing used and vintage finds or upcycling existing pieces to incorporate into newly designed spaces.”

A great tip from Muriel is to do with the increasingly long lead times in the current climate, she told us that auctions are a good way to go, “turning to furniture auctions or sales rooms mitigates the disappointment of an unreliable supply chain and manufacturing delays.”

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Say goodbye to grey

If you’re designing a new space, sometimes it’s good to throw out the rule book and do what feels right, but we all know that trends come and go… fast! And there’s no harm in knowing what trends are on their last legs. Muriel revealed it could be time to put down the throw pillows, and step away from the grey:

Maximalism is no longer attractive in design especially for 2023, the days of half a dozen throw cushions on sofas are over and copious amounts of fabric pooling on the floor in curtains and window treatments – it screams waste. Less is now more in interiors carefully selected and curated interiors are all the trend – each piece with a purpose and reason for existing in a room. It is the corner-stone of Scandinavian design that we have embraced in the last number of years.”

Saying goodbye to our obsession with 50 shades of grey is also on the horizon: 

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From paint and fabrics to floor coverings, grey has been dominant in design eclipsing colour in recent years. Thankfully,colour is back and warm tones re-invented with just as alluring names as Skimming Stone and Elephants breath (Farrow & Ball) from the relaunched Dulux Heritage range we have Pale Walnut and Biscuit Beige. We will also see whole rooms of colour rather than the odd accent wall for 2023.”

With a parting glint in her eye, Muriel dropped the final nugget of knowledge by predicting a boho glow up for 2023. Picture less of a retro hippie vibe, “good riddance to floor cushions and all things rattan!” and the celebration of hand craftsmanship and artistic flair in accents. 

Remember, if you’re viewing a new showhouse or have your eye on a home, don’t forget to think of the design elements, but remember to go easy on yourself, you’ll be stepping into a shell that could eventually be your shell to transform as you see fit. 

It may take us a minute to say goodbye to all of our rattan, but we’ll get there eventually!

 At Glenveagh Homes, our vision is that everyone should have the opportunity to access great-value, high-quality homes in flourishing communities across Ireland. We understand that buying a home is possibly the biggest decision you will ever make in your life – but we want to make it your easiest. Click here to find out more about Glenveagh developments.

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