- I'm an interior designer who's watched several interesting trends emerge in 2022.
- Some will last into the new year, but others, like backsplash ledges and white kitchens, need to go.
- Personally, I hope the modern farmhouse aesthetic stays in the rearview mirror in 2023.
Backsplash ledges, which are built to provide additional space for items like picture frames and spices, are one trend that missed the mark this year.
Having these ledges in a kitchen is just not practical. They tend to make it easier to accumulate additional clutter, and they collect dust. People will find themselves needing to clean the items on the ledges very often.
I find that putting most things behind cabinets instead of on counters or shelves gives a kitchen a cleaner look, creates more open space, and makes the room feel more inviting.
Many people put accent walls in a room as an excuse to paint one wall a bright, distracting color.
Some individuals paint these accent walls over brick or stone, and covering up these natural materials as opposed to restoring them to their original glory is definitely something to leave behind in the new year.
I appreciate a good accent wall, but I think we can expect them to be done differently in the future.
In 2023, I expect to see more natural materials celebrated and restored. Bringing the outdoors into a home is part of a lot of designers' visions at the moment, and I've seen them incorporate more natural materials and biophilic designs into their projects.
Using natural materials indoors makes spaces feel more welcoming, and I predict this trend is going to be all the rage for many years to come.
We'll likely still see this trend pop up in coastal homes, but I think its widespread popularity will dwindle in 2023. After all, there are so many other types of trims that can contribute to an overall elevated look.
Wainscoting, which is wood panels on the bottom of a wall, and delicate wall molding are both making a comeback. I've seen them painted in a monochromatic color scheme so that they blend into the wall but still add some dimension.
This upcoming trend is a nod to more traditional aesthetics but packs a modern, fresh twist. I expect to see many dining rooms and formal living rooms with wainscoting and wall molding next year.
The modern farmhouse aesthetic needs to go. I think it's overused and can sometimes feel too kitschy, so I really hope this trend stays in 2022.
More rustic details are likely to fall by the wayside in the new year. This trend is dying, which, in my opinion, is long overdue.
Certain aspects of this design style, like its smooth lines and neutral color schemes, will carry over into 2023, but they're likely to evolve.
More and more design projects are going for a modern aesthetic with clean lines and less clutter.
On the opposite end of that spectrum is open shelving. Usually, open shelving is used for appearance rather than for function or storage, and I expect to see less of it in 2023. I predict it'll be replaced by more concealed storage.
Having less clutter in a space makes it feel much larger and more inviting, so a lot of designers are implementing seamless storage that you don't even notice.
Though all-white kitchens have been wildly popular for years, earthy colors are making quite the comeback. Lately, I've seen people use more wood tones and natural stones in their kitchens while saving white as an accent.
Instead of white cabinets, walls, backsplashes, and countertops, we're seeing a mix of contrasting colors with white accents.
White can freshen up and brighten any space, especially a kitchen, so don't expect it to disappear anytime soon. However, the days of all-white kitchens are winding down, and the extra color is going to make people's homes feel less stark and more inviting.
As many people have spent more time at home in the past few years, I've seen a decline in an obsession with open-concept layouts. Many people seem to be coming back around to the idea of having separate spaces within their homes.
One of the main draws to open-concept spaces is the light, but people can still get that by using the right color palette instead of knocking down every wall. If you paint your walls with bright paint, you can achieve a more open, inviting look while still having individual rooms.
Separate spaces give people more private and semi-private areas within their homes and allow for more opportunities to give each area its own character and function.
I'm a sucker for a good tapestry and macramé hanging, but I do feel like they've been slightly overdone.
There are many other ways to bring texture and dimension into a space, so it's time to take down the tapestry you bought years ago and replace it with something that looks more luxurious, like canvas art or a photo wall.
Certain aspects of Bohemian-style design will carry over into 2023, though, like nature-inspired hues and an emphasis on overall comfort.