From curvaceous silhouettes, to statement stoneware and reclaimed styles of the past, there is a lot to explore and unpack for 2023 furniture trends.
1. Soft And Inviting Curves
With the emphasis today on the home as an inviting family space, used for socializing and relaxing, regimented rows, straight lines and clinical design can look a little stark and cold.
The answer? Curves. Full-on voluptuous or gently rounded, curves will lift the layout and soften the overall look of your room, adding a bold design focus or a subtle touch of shaping to your décor.
Juliette Thomas, founder & director of Juliettes Interiors says that ‘curved furniture, especially sofas and armchairs, will be popular in the new year – bringing a welcome softness to living spaces. These will be adorned in light colors and textured fabrics like shades of white and cream, with bouclé remaining a favorite.’
2. Biophilic Design
The growing focus in design on products made from wood, wool, stone and ceramics is not just to do with a revival of interest in craft; in a world increasingly dominated by synthetic materials and virtual reality, natural materials add a grounding, natural and human dimension to our environment, helping us feel more calm and happy.
‘Natural materials offer a multi sensory experience. They give us something unfathomable that chimes with our humanity,’ asserts texture artist, Kate Blee. ‘Often the least processed materials provoke the deepest responses – think plunging your hands into a bag of rice flour.’
Biophilic design is the theory that humans have an innate connection to nature, and creating built environments that connect to the natural world measurably improves health and well-being. It has a set of clear principles, one of which is to use natural materials.
The design experts at ethical home retailer, The Citizenry, also support this trend, and have said that in 2023, ‘nature-inspired spaces are here to stay. Homeowners are looking to create a sense of escapism through landscape inspired forms in woven textiles and art. We expect to see increased appetite for earth tones, organic shapes, and natural textures especially those grounded in sustainability.’
3. Sustainable Materials
As many of us are looking into how we can do our bit for the environment, from changing the way we shop and consume across all industries from food, fashion and travel, developing long-lasting and sustainable furniture is more important than ever.
British Interior Designer, Matthew Williamson says that, ‘as we venture into 2023, I imagine we will see more interior designers and homeowners alike, continuing to make more mindful choices for their interiors. This includes continued efforts to make environmentally conscious decisions in the home from green energy to paint, furniture, and accessory choices.’
The importance of sustainability will see many consumers move away from fast-furniture and invest in designs that can truly stand the test of time, from the use of wood to furniture crafted from recyclable materials.