Here are Some Home Trends to Watch for 2023
Happy New Year Everyone!
Now that we are entering a new year, here are some home design trends to watch for in 2023. Whether you are taking down your holiday decor, revamping your space after almost three years in the COVID pandemic, or buying or selling a home – if you are thinking about making changes or design – you’ll need a plan and a budget. When incorporating your ideas, the National Association of Realtors ® (NAR®) just shared their design trends for the upcoming year (you can find the article in its entirety here: https://www.nar.realtor/magazine/real-estate-news/home-and-design/2023-home-and-design-trends-to-watch). These will be particularly interesting if you are building a new home and some of these ideas are more prevalent in specific cities and states with the awareness for climate change and sustainability. That said, check the communities and cities in which you currently or will be living in.
COVID19 and Its Affect on Housing
In case you never received the memo, COVID 19 didn’t just affect people’s physical health. It also affected every part of our lives. How we work, play, and interact with one another. The pandemic kept a lot of people, families and kids at home. There was a lot of good that came out that, but a number of challenges as well. Living spaces were literally living spaces 24/7. Space and privacy became an issue for many, and sense of safety and comfort became even stronger. These things therefore, have changed design trends in homes as well.
2023 Color of the Year Choices
So every year, paint companies come out with a ‘color of the year’ choice. For 2023, Behr’s for example, is a called ‘Blank Canvas’, and as you can guess by the name, it’s a neutral. Many designers, however; are saying that bolder colors are coming back this year and focus on bold reds and some oranges with dark greens inspired by nature plants and terra cotta pots. If you are like me, you may have done some updates, painting and redecorating while you were in quarantine. If you painted your interior in neutrals, don’t worry. Through plants, pillows and throws you can easily accessorize and put pops of those color trends in your space without breaking the bank. In fact, tactile, textures and mixed furniture is an up and coming this year.
Accent walls have been updated with wallpaper and pushed out the ship lap. “Farmhouse” style has converged with florals, baskets, and feminine touches in what they are now calling “Cottagecore”style. Think English gardens with mismatched tea cups and saucers and fresh flowers on the table. Some of us remember nudges of Victorian romance and cottage roses from the early 80’s ;).
Your Owner’s Suite
In the bedrooms – dressers are out and designer closets are in. Designer closets have always been a beautiful feature, but now they are also the main storage streamlined. Everything still has a place, but it’s going to be stored and tidy. Bedroom seating and throw pillows are what many are saying is for the upcoming Pinterest blowouts. But these seating spots are not rounded chaise long type pieces nor are they minimalist with sharp lines – they are kind of in the middle. Repurposed furniture is still popular, just more in natural woods than pastel chalk paints.
For the Chef
In the kitchen, gray cabinets have been give the exit right sign. If the minimalist design idea stays – it will mostly reside in the kitchen with new neolithic type countertops (seamless, non-scratch, non-stain) and clean crisp line cabinets and woods. Cooking in many new homes and complexes with be induction. Some cities are now outlawing natural gas hook ups in new builds to reduce fossil fuel emissions. High efficiency windows, solar heating, sustainable toilets and cleaner bidets are now common design elements.
AI and smart tech is also a big deal for everything from energy and temperature control to security systems. However, even the smartest homes, regardless of the style choice of the inhabitants, are moving away from open concept floor plans. Privacy screens have become a thing as well in current open floor plan homes to accommodate for working spaces, education at home, etc. while also providing color, texture and design elements.
Whatever you may decide you might enjoy or want to add to your space, there are many ways to accomplish the look you want without emptying your savings. Just take the time to check what you like, costs, and make a plan to make it happen. Also, if it’s a bigger project or your building, make sure you check with your agent – me! That way your will have the best ROI on whatever you choose.
Your friend and Realtor®,