A trend is defined as a general development or change in direction. It is commonly referred to as a 'fashion' and, due to the influence of social media, the term trend often means ‘sudden’ popularity and is usually of interest for a shorter period of time. Interior design trends, however, are usually of a longer-lasting nature. For example, the average lifespan of a sofa purchased today is 7-15 years.
Interior design includes both micro and macro trends. Microtrends, such as colours, patterns, and materials, typically last 3-10 months, while macro trends often persist for 3-5 years if not longer.
2023 will be a year of great emphasis on sustainability, climate change and waste reduction in the UAE, especially with the upcoming hosting of COP28. This will present an opportunity for the interior design industry to embrace these topics and make changes. Strategies like renting, upcycling, re-upholstering and dressing furniture to renovate, update, and customise will be key in making sure, beloved products are used for longer while minimising cost and environmental impact.
The #tufttheworld TikTok hashtag with 57 million views has sparked a micro trend of DIY re-upholstery which is gaining in popularity. This eco-friendly approach to home decor provides plenty of possibilities for transforming furniture items such as rugs, cushions and other fabrics. This emerging trend is part of a larger macro trend towards sustainable living.
Moreover, to give an existing interior a luxurious finish, one can choose to incorporate 'Jewellery for the home'. This can be done by selecting special colours, material and finishes such as ceiling lamps joined by gold chains, diamond-cut knobs on cookware tops, nails and hooks to shower rods, and so on. This allows for individualising products while not always buying new items.
Apart from sustainability, one of the hottest interior design trends for 2023 is bringing nature indoors. This macro trend is for sure here to stay. It builds a bridge between the home and the natural world. Covering the outdoor living area, keeping the floor flowing throughout, bringing loads of plants indoors or simply decorating the adjoining spaces cohesively. Increased vitamin D levels, better moods, and improved work performance have all been associated with the benefits of this trend. No matter where you live, it's no wonder that everyone is embracing the "California Room Living"!
Another fascinating macro trend is that homes are increasingly becoming an expression of our inner selves. As we let more people into our lives, emotionally and physically, our interiors are evolving to reflect this. We are coming to recognise that our homes represent our emotions, with the objects, colours, and decorations representing our identity and what we love.
Personally, I find it fascinating to get to know my clients while furnishing their homes, as it requires trust and openness. This gives me the opportunity to design a space that speaks directly to their individual needs. The current trend is to let our homes be a reflection of ourselves, rather than following a specific, short-term trend. Allowing your heart to be your guide is the macro trend here!
Incorporating current trends into your home can be exciting, yet it should not be a primary factor when making design decisions. Instead, select pieces that you truly love and will last for years to come. Big ticket items, such as sofas, dining tables, and beds should have a neutral style to ensure longevity. If we talk about shapes, we can clearly see that curved arches, rounded furniture, and natural materials are the go-to for choosing furniture items or objects.
Not only do they soften the eye in a square room, but they are also known for being amazingly soothing.
Using microtrends such as colours, patterns, and materials on accessories, décor, and art is a great way to stay on top of what's current without making too much of a permanent change. Mixing patterns, layering textures, and choosing bold colours is the way to go for 2023. A combination of green and beige, purple and tan, or even deep green and warm brown can create beautiful and eye-catching spaces. It is time to embrace bold colours and warm tones.
Trends in interior design, from colours to furniture styles, textures, materials, wall coverings, lighting and accessories, are continually evolving. As we approach Salone del Mobile in Milan, one of the premier interior design exhibitions, I'm curious to see if the trends showcased at the event will reflect the mentioned design trends or hopefully even offer a glimpse of what's to come. I cannot wait to attend this amazing exhibition and find out for myself.
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