Top Design Trends for 2023

The world of home design is constantly evolving with exciting new trends and styles.  Most of us have spent a lot more time in our homes over the last several years, making us appreciate the special touches that make our homes comfortable and functional for us.

It is important that you make your house your own; however, it is also important to consider the long term impacts of your home’s design on its value.


There are plenty of ways to elevate your living spaces and create a cozy and stylish atmosphere that reflects your style and takes advantage of emerging trends.  Let’s take a closer look at the top home design trends for 2023, so you can stay up-to-date with the latest ideas and inspiration for your home. 

Whether you want to update your living room, kitchen, or bedroom, we’ve got you covered. So, let’s dive in and explore the latest trends in home design for 2023.

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Top 6 Design Trends for 2023

Open concept living plans have been all the rage in the last couple of years, with everyone wanting to have their kitchen open to the dining and living areas.  Older homes that typically had rooms separated by walls were renovated to remove walls – sometimes at great expense with engineering required to maintain the support of the house.

The trends for 2023 show a shift back to the more traditional separated floor plans.  As families have spent more and more time at home trying to find places to get their work or studying done they have come to realize that having some separate can be a good thing.  Many designers are reporting that their clients are choosing to maintain more separation of rooms than they might have in the past.

Although the trend may be moving towards a bit less open-concept, it is still important to consider the overall flow of the house as functionality is important for homeowners.

Nature inspired design is nothing new, it has been popular in homes over the last several years.  Design experts expect that the focus on these design elements will continue to be popular in 2023.

The use of natural, sustainable materials such as cork, bamboo, and live edge wood provide character to homes without being “overwhelming.”  Wood cabinets and islands as well as wood vanities and shelving in bathrooms will become more common and designers are also seeing a re-emergence of natural stone countertops like quartzite, marble, leathered granite, and soapstone.

Color schemes in these areas where natural materials are being used also are expected to focus on more earthy, nature tones; colors that will blend well with the natural materials .

In 2023 homeowners are focused on ensuring that the lighting in their homes is functional and attractive.  Spending more time at home over the last couple of years and working on all different types of tasks at different times of the day has highlighted the need for the proper lighting in a home.

Homeowners are shying away from bright, flat, overhead lighting, opting instead for lamps around the rooms specific to tasks to be completed in those areas.  There is a “layered approach to lighting” – using a combination of different types of light (under cabinet, lamps, ambient lighting) for the ideal lighting in areas all over the home.

Designers also expect to see more statement lighting pieces throughout the home – chandeliers, pendants, sconces, etc.

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Neutral has been the name of the game over the last several years – homeowners have opted for whites and grays when choosing decorating colors, but vibrant colors are making a come back.

Expect more warm and earthy neutrals and jewel tones; shades of reds and pinks are becoming increasingly popular as well.  Paint companies are taking notice and introducing new color palettes – Benjamin Moore’s 2023 color of the year is Raspberry Blush, nodding to the trend towards reds and pinks, Sherwin Williams is showing warm neutrals with the introduction of Redend Point (a blush-toned beige), and  Behr’s new color, Blank Canvas, is a creamier off-white that is quite warmer than the stark whites used in the past few years.

One note, though – if you are considering putting your home on the market it is advised that you play it safer and stay away from vibrant colors on your walls.  Stick with neutrals and introduce your vibrant colors in your accessories.

Sharp corners are out – 2023 design trends feature more arches and curves that give a sleek, retro feel while remaining modern.  Rounded corners feel more relaxed and natural that sharp edges do and give a sense of flow to a home.

Incorporating the trend into a remodel might look like a curved kitchen island or an arched alcove.  To add curved details in your lighting look at adding in bubble chandeliers or globe pendants.  

Curved furniture can also add in these details to your home without the renovation hassles.  Curved sofas, chairs, and tables are easy ways to incorporate this trend or consider a circular rug.

Art Deco is a design trend from the 1920s and 1930s and it is making a comeback.

Art deco design includes geometric shapes, lots of texture, and color and an emphasis on the art in a home.  Designers expect the trend to be less “splashy than its historical roots.”  Art deco can feel overwhelming so designers are looking as homeowners using art deco designs for interest around the home – allowing bursts of color through a bold accessory or 2 without being completely overwhelming.

Vintage mirrors, lamps and vases can also be used as a nod to the art deco trend and add a touch of “glam” to your room.

The Zahn Group serves real estate buyers and sellers in the Charlotte, NC metro area and in upstate South Carolina.  Get in touch with use for a free evaluation of your home’s value and tips on preparing your home for sale.