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Design Trends for 2023

As we begin the start of a new of year, we're doing some trendspotting in home design, and below is a roundup of some of our favorite things that we're seeing (and using!) in our renovation and furnishings projects. Read on to find out what you'll be seeing more of in 2023.

Richly Textured & Colored Countertops

For the past several years, we’ve seen a lot of the ubiquitous ‘white with some gray veining’ quartz countertops. But right now, we’re loving more interesting options with depth and unique finishes. Surfaces with a leathered or matte finish are popular and provide a lived-in, textural, and earthy look to space. Also, darker quartz and dramatically veined deep-hued natural stones like the granite that you see below are trending as a counterpoint to the white and bright finishes of the aughts. When paired with lighter cabinetry, they become a stunning focal point for kitchen and bath design.

Bringing the Drama with Moody Hues

We’re seeing a distinct shift from the stark white walls and cool grays of the last several years towards deeper, more moody hues, including lush greens, terra cottas, and warmer browns (yes, warm woods are back in!).

Visual interest is all about contrast, and these darker hues are a great way to add additional dimension to your home. It can also help define a space, like a Dining Room, as a separate and distinct part of the home.

This dining room is a perfect example; using almost-black Sherwin Williams’ Forged Steel (SW 9565), we turned this dining room into a cozy yet modern space for special occasion dinners. A mix of hunter-green and black chairs adds additional color and form to the room.

Colors Get Cozy

For so many years, gray and white have reigned supreme – that is, until now. We’re seeing trending colors get much warmer and more bold. Color is coming back into our lives – think of the overwhelming flush of green hues so popular last year.

This year, many paint and wallcovering manufacturers are highlighting much warmer and bolder palettes than we’ve seen, a nod to an uplifting optimism as we emerge from the past several years of massive changes and uncertainty. You can read more about those new colors here on our blog.

The new Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year is Redend Point, an earthy, warm, and sophisticated neutral blush hue. Here, we’ve styled this gorgeous hue with a mix of brick-inspired tile, a soft windowpane flannel, and added a playful mix of an avian-inspired fabric and a fun tassel trim. Remember, even if it's not love at first sight, color, when done well, can always look amazing.

Wallpaper is Back in a Big Way

Wallpaper is a great way to add texture, color, and even drama to your home. It provides an instant upgrade to a room and is a great way to experiment with patterns too.

We’ve been using it on so many of our projects, and there are options at every price point and style. Today’s wallpapers have better adhesive formulas, as well as peel-and-stick options that eliminate the headaches of removal that you may have experienced with older formulations.

A bit wary? Wallpapers add texture and dimension in ways that a painted wall can’t. But they also don’t have to be the center of attention either, like these two examples of subtle designs. Each has a subtle, all-over pattern that provides a lovely backdrop in these rooms.

Defining Home Work Areas

Open floorplans have reigned supreme for years, with nearly every renovation show starting by someone saying "we're going to knock this wall out and open this space up." However, as we’ve all shifted to working at home more, defined, functional desk areas are a premium for today’s families, and lounging on the sofa with your laptop all day typically doesn't provide the maximum productivity. Transforming an extra bedroom or corner in a finished basement can be just the beginning of gaining extra, valuable space.

You can turn an unused corner in a room into an instant productivity zone by adding floating shelves and a desk. Integrated task lighting creates a bright work area, and decorative storage boxes, bins, and folders help to keep everything organized.

A fun pop of floral wallpaper and a touch of whimsical décor can turn a ho-hum workspace into your favorite place for weekday conference calls and answering emails.

Do you have any favorite design trends that you're planning on using this year? Drop us a note below - we'd love to hear about them!

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