10 Designers Share the Biggest Interiors Trends of 2023

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New year, new you—and a new place to match? 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 also 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: 2023 has all the makings to be one very stylish year.

Living room design rust earth tones Javier Burkle

Burkle Creative

A Departure from Lighter Palettes

"In the new year, I'm looking forward to designs rooted in deep colors, including rust and red shades and darker wood tones," says Dallas designer Javier Burkle, whose work is pictured above. "I love the character that these hues lend to a space. We're moving away from lighter, neutral palettes. Earthy, natural-inspired schemes are going to be big for 2023, not to mention a trend with mushrooms—the color and shapes!"

Still Johnson Living Room

C.W. Newell

Inviting Textiles and Textures

​​2023 is the year of "anything cozy," say Birmingham, Alabama, design duo Anna Still and Marguerite Johnson. They love incorporating "fabrics that are soft to the touch, like velvet, mohair, and bouclé" into their projects, like the Grant Trick bouclé pillow shown here.

Small bar under stairs by Lisa Henderson Interiors

Lisa Henderson Interiors

Cleverly Reimagined Small Spaces

"I think we're really beginning to see people's confidence grow as they embrace bolder, more creative designs and uses of spaces, which I anticipate only continuing into 2023," says Dallas designer Lisa Henderson. "From floor-to-ceiling wall color and bright wallpaper selections to creatively repurposing unused spaces, like this empty space under a staircase that we turned into a fun bar, I'm looking forward to seeing more bright, colorful designs in the new year." 

Dining Room with Green Wallpaper and White Chandelier
David Tsay; Styling: Page Mullins

Fresh Lighting

"All-white chandeliers are a yes from me in 2023!" declares Washington, D.C., decorator and lifestyle blogger Rashida Banks, who, like Burkle and Poston, is also anticipating an increased love for chocolate brown walls.

Pictured: The dining room of Alexis Simpson's Atlanta home, where she hung a Julie Neill chandelier

Elly Poston interiors design scheme

Elly Poston Interiors

Dirty Colors

"Our clients and design schemes are gravitating away from super crisp palettes and are opting instead for shades with earthier undertones," says Richmond, Virginia, designer Elly Poston Cooper, who cites Benjamin Moore's Old Country and Farrow and Ball's Shaded White as two good options for those new to this end of the color spectrum. The secret to making it feel fresh is all about the mix, she notes. "I'm loving the coziness of terracotta, chocolate brown, and ochre paired with cheery blues and acidic greens."

Grandfather Mountain guest house living room vintage stools

Photo: Anna Routh Barzin; Styling: Kendra Surface

Old Finds Made New

"I think we're going to continue to see a rise in reusing furniture," says Raleigh, North Carolina-based designer Maggie Dillon, who reupholstered a pair of vintage rollable stools for a guest house, shown here. "With lead times as outrageous as they are right now, the best quick fix is to find a vintage sofa or pair of chairs and give those new life by reupholstering. That's something I recommend regardless of the chain supply shortage!"

High contrast kitchen

Photo: Katie Charlotte

Fun-Loving Kitchens

"Kitchens are more fun when they're decorated with as much personality as other rooms in the home," says Lexington, Kentucky, interior designer Isabel Ladd, who took that idea to heart when designing the pictured cooking space. "Kitchens don't look so 'kitchen-y' when striking wallpaper is applied in lieu of backsplash, the ceiling is given special treatment, and when a light fixture is anything but ordinary."

Laura Hodges kitchen

Jennifer Hughes Photo

A Return to Tradition

"I think British-style, natural wood cabinetry with antique hardware will be popular in 2023," notes Laura Hodges, a designer in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. "More traditional details like reeded glass, turned legs and picture paneling seem to be on the horizon as well."

Other things Hodges is hoping to see more of in the new year? Larger, statement-making pendant lights in the kitchen and natural wood floors, like those shown above in a kitchen she designed.

Ashley Gilbreath Montgomery, AL House Powder Room
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lizzie Cullen Cox

Dynamic Walls

"Even for those who shy away from color and gravitate towards a more monochromatic palette, mixing patterns and textures creates a multi-dimensional space," says Montgomery, Alabama-based decorator Ashley Gilbreath. "And for those who aren’t afraid of color, wallcovering is having such a moment and is a fun way to introduce color and pattern—and in the case of grasscloth [as in her pictured powder room] or velvet, even texture!"


Dining room
Brie Williams; Styling by Kate Malpeli

Furniture That's Built to Last

"With our clients, we have put a serious emphasis on purchasing quality goods," says Charleston, South Carolina, designer Taylor Hill. "Fast furniture is cool and helpful if you need to fill a space on a tight budget, but we believe focusing on craftsmanship is important. I'd rather a client have several empty rooms and a killer sofa they can keep for 30 years!"

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