With global crises continuing, and the cost of living taking its toll, the look for our homes in 2023 is set to focus on creating a space which makes us feel relaxed and comforted - a safe haven away from the stresses of the world. Layering throws and cushions is a great way to create texture and to generate warmth.
Living Etc say “There is one main decorating look coming in as a big trend for 2023, and it's for spa-style, or for every room to be so opulent that you can't help to be relaxed.” This focus has been coined ‘accessible luxury’, and aims to create sumptuous surroundings that invite indulgence whilst supporting serenity and relaxation.
According to designer Lee Broom “we’re all craving a better outlook, and part of achieving that is to condition your own brain to think more positively, which you can do by surrounding yourself with things that make you feel happy”. As we explored in last month’s article ‘Finding Happiness in Beautiful Things’ when we identify with what cheers us, we can seek to expose ourselves to more of those things in order to generate positive feelings.
The top 5 trends for 2023 intended to promote a cheerier home are…
1. Golden Tones
Adding warm golden tones to your colour scheme can encourage feelings of cosiness and joy. A sunny yellow paint choice, or mustard furniture can help your home to radiate light. If you don’t want to repaint walls or buy new pieces of furniture, however, you can add warmth with soft furnishings and accessories: like the plush feather-filled Paddy Cushion in a vibrant yellow ‘Citrine’ hue; or with gold leaf embellished artwork from accomplished printmaker Guy Allen.
2. Convivial Seating
The sense of ‘separation’ that has been undeniably experienced the world over throughout the last few years has led to a want to bring people back together - and convivial seating seeks to do just that. The trend focuses on loveseats, curved couches and comfortable seating - all of which encourage closeness and conversation. The palatial Wolsey Grand Sofa features a deep seating area and soft cushions, combining comfort and style-desirability - perfect for luxuriating, and indulging in leisurely catch-ups with friends…or Netflix!
3. Mediterranean Good Vibes
Mediterranean styling has the ability to evoke feelings of balmy beach days spent lazing in the warmth of the sun, so naturally brings with it a positive set of emotions. The Alexi Cushion (available in rouge or indigo) are reminiscent of Dolce & Gabbana's Blu Mediterraneo collection. The richly coloured embroidered yarn and smart navy trimmed border of these cushions could be all that is needed to elevate a neutral decor, bring it up-to-date with the latest trend, and elicit a mild and mellow ambience.
4. Pure White Lamps
This latest lighting trend focusses on emphasising shape and illumination by removing colour from the equation. The great things about this look is that its neutral nature means it will sit comfortably within most existing interior designs, making it a simple way to update your room, without too much disruption nor financial outlay. The white painted aluminium School Light from our Interiors collection has a beautifully simple design, with an industrial edge, and would look great in both contemporary and rustic settings alike.
Hard edges are being softened by gentle curves in this latest trend, and arches are being introduced to buildings and architecture in windows and doorways, and all the way through to interior accessories like sofas, cabinets and mirrors. Our arched Floor Standing Mirror has been hand finished with a soft brass finish, and features smooth curved frames and an arched design. The look is ideal for creating a sense of grandeur - with connotations of Roman styling - yet with a soft and effortless undercurrent, which sits happily within the realm of ‘accessible luxury’.
Whilst a complete interior overhaul may not be practical at the moment with some of us currently ‘feeling the pinch’, there are elements which can be cherry-picked from each of the top trends and simply placed within existing decor schemes. Or why not try reusing and repurposing your old soft furnishings and other accessories to create a new look without breaking the bank.