Autumn is the best time for forecasts for the next year: interior exhibitions have been held, large brands have released collections, which means that conclusions can be drawn. In this article, we have collected the main apartment trends 2023 that await us in the interior design of an apartment, with photos of beautiful examples. Relevant now!
General trends in apartment interior design 2023
Let’s start with general global trends.
This word denotes a trendy offshoot of minimalism – a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian styles (Japan [ese] + scandi). A few years ago, the ideas of the West and the East unexpectedly met in a new direction that combined Japanese respect for nature and Scandinavian practicality.
Probably, Japanese-Nordic minimalism will increasingly be found in the fashionable interiors of apartments, photos of which can be seen below, since it meets all the global trends of 2023. Among them are conscious consumption, connection with nature, the use of natural materials and moderation in everything.
- The use of rough, “raw” textures (imperfection of the material as a trace of time, not a flaw).
- Natural palette.
- A large amount of natural light – achieved through a minimum of textiles on the windows, open spaces, light-transmitting partitions.
- Environmental friendliness.
- Ergonomics and functionality.
- Smart storage.
The pandemic has changed our understanding of work: someone, having gone to work remotely, remained in the home office mode, many companies switched to a hybrid work format. Yes, and previous experience made it clear: at any moment the world can wait for a new lockdown, and with it the prospect of returning to the laptop at the kitchen table.
An equipped workplace in the home is a real must-have since 2020, and this trend will not go anywhere in 2023. This is taken into account by both designers and developers. Even if the living area is small, you can select a corner for comfortable work on it.
Several directions stand out within this trend.
- Multifunctional transforming furniture is the best, and sometimes the only solution for single rooms and studios.
- Competent zoning – screens, partitions and screens will help you to retire and work without being distracted by anything.
- A cabinet on the loggia is another option for small apartments.
- Rational use of space – for example, more and more often a mini-office is organized by the window, using the window sill as the basis for the desktop.
Rigid rectangular shapes are gradually giving way to smooth streamlined lines. Within the interior, everything softens: the design of the living room is dominated by crescent sofas, in the kitchen – round dining tables and chairs with rounded backs. For the bedroom, more and more often choose beds with a soft base, which, even while maintaining a rectangular shape, looks softer.
In part, this trend is associated with the return of fashion from the 1950s and 70s, therefore, if you do not like modern trends in their pure form, you can safely add objects of that era to the furnishings: round bubble lamps as an accent on the ceiling, armchairs and sofas with corduroy upholstered, bright and cheerful decor. All this is perfectly combined with high-quality eco-friendly finishes and pronounced textures.
Another post-skew tendency that has emerged as a result of the rethinking of the role of the house. At the moment when fitness rooms and beauty salons were closed, all beauty procedures had to be moved home. And, as it turned out, it is quite possible to arrange a mini-spa at home.
It is not necessary to have a private house and a large bathroom for this. Even within a city apartment, wellness elements can be added to the bathroom. The following techniques will help with this.
- Textures pleasant to the touch – wood, marble, linen and cotton.
- Thoughtful Lighting – Create multiple lighting scenarios, from a bright overhead light to soft, dim lighting that will help you set yourself up for relaxation.
- Fill the room with pleasant aromas, place your favorite cosmetics and candles on the shelves, use an incense diffuser during water procedures.
- Zone the space. Even in a small area, with the help of decoration, palette and different textures, you can visually and tactilely highlight the utility block, relaxation area, etc.
Apartment Colors 2023
In the color field, you can also distinguish several fashion trends in the interior.
The restrained palette will remain relevant, consisting of basic colors: black and white; all shades of gray; beige; variations of brown.
You can play with them, combining them in different proportions and not being afraid to make a mistake – they all go well with each other and are suitable for any room: from the bedroom to the hallway. So that such a scale does not look boring and flat, it can be diluted with 1-2 brighter tones – to place accents with their help, highlight areas or emphasize certain elements.
Also, the volume of the monochrome palette is given by pronounced lines and a variety of textures, of which there must be several. A contrasting combination of rough and soft materials, pronounced relief and smooth surfaces is welcomed. Examples are in the photo below.
If earlier yellow in the interior aroused concern among many, then in the last year its popularity has grown sharply. And this makes sense: the pandemic has highlighted the need for vitamin D in every sense, and you can get it not only from dietary supplements. Letting the sun enter the room is important for a sense of comfort and safety. We spend more and more time inside the walls of the apartment, so the space should cause joy and give energy. And warm yellow suits this role perfectly.
Based on the reports of such big players as Pantone and Coloro, you can take a closer look at the following fashionable tones.
- Warm shade of butter.
- Yellow-orange mango sorbet.
- Daffodil (14-0850 Daffodil in the Pantone palette).
- Dusty ocher.
The previous points indicate the dominance of warm colors, but it is not necessary to abandon the cold palette – take a closer look at the minerals. In the design of the apartment, as in the photo below, you can use their natural cold colors: quartz, malachite, deep blue, sapphire, graphite gray.
Additionally, they will unfold on the active textures of stone, wood, marble, clay or ceramics. Since the colors are cold, it is best to use them in dosage. As the main element of the palette (for example, for wall decoration, kitchen units, etc.), they should be used in a room with large windows, where there is enough sunlight. If there is little natural light and the room is small, it is better to use a neutral color with a warm undertone for the base.
Materials for Apartment 2023
And now we will consider what materials to pay attention to if the plans are to renovate an apartment (photos of designs below).
The use of durable natural materials is a long-lasting trend that embodies the philosophy of sustainable development. If 5-10 years ago the price was the main competitive advantage, now environmental friendliness, production quality and material characteristics are much more important.
Due to constant stress and not the best environmental situation at home, you want to surround yourself with comfort and get closer to nature at least a little. Therefore, in the top there are and will be noble materials: wood, stone, marble.
They are used both in decoration and in furniture or decor. Moreover, it is possible and necessary to combine them with each other. So, for example, in the kitchen – install a wooden set with a work surface made of stone or marble. In the bathroom – combine marble trim, stone sink and furniture fronts made of moisture-resistant wood species. The use of these materials largely dictates the color scheme: calm, deep, built on the contrast of warm and cold shades.
6-7 years ago, there was a real boom in 3D printing: the first innovative accessories appeared at exhibitions, then furniture. Children begged their parents for portable 3D pens, and designers continued to explore the possibilities of the new technology. But over time, the excitement subsided, the trend cooled down, but, judging by the European interior exhibitions this year, it plans to return in the near future.
Today’s 3D printing has “matured”: the first experiments and interior fast food have been replaced by elegant and stylish products. Furniture, partitions, shades and ceramics, which are visually indistinguishable from Murano glass, are produced using 3D printing.
And most importantly, this trend is organically intertwined with the idea of conscious consumption, which is coming to the fore today. Many studios and artists use zero-waste technologies for their work: furniture and decor are made from plastic or wood waste on the principle of recycling.
While this technology is relatively expensive and not the most common, especially in Russia, in the coming years, 3D products will definitely penetrate our homes. You can start small – for example, with original pots, fittings, vases or lamp shades for lamps.
Glass adorns any interior: it makes it more airy, elegant and graceful. Despite its fragility, this material is increasingly used in home decoration in a variety of forms.
In the coming year, pay attention to textured glass: ribbed, frosted, convex, stained glass, etc. It can be used in the following variants.
- In decoration – matte glass blocks look original and stylish, which can replace part of the wall or be used as a partition.
- In the design of the bathroom – replace the usual transparent shower screen with a beautiful frosted or ribbed glass.
- The decor – vases, candlesticks, tableware made of transparent or colored textured glass will decorate the room, and handmade piece items will also be in fashion.