Out with the old and in with the new. 2023 is upon us, and we’ve been researching what’s set to be popular in the world of interior design for the year ahead. Expect fresh colour ways, eye-catching lighting, organic textures and modern elements throughout the home.
Green is predicted to be the accent colour of choice for 2023. Especially popular are softer shades, such as pistachio, which should be paired with cream for a timeless, classic, English look. Add organic elements with wood and stone features on your worktop and floor to make the colour pop.
Other predicted interior colours for the coming year are blends of soft grey (warmer than the harsh grey of last year) and beige with subtle red undertones that pair well with today’s trending earth-tone paint colours. Grey stone is also being chosen over white, which can be achieved through polished poured concrete work and table tops.
To add subtle pops of colour we offer powder coating on all our metalwork, which can be colour matched to Pantone colours with our corresponding RAL colour codes.
The opposite of colour, we’re also likely to see transparent touches throughout homes, such as see-through room dividers and doors, as seen in our recent interior project in Porthcothan’s Noordhoek with Crittal-style screens.
Subtle statements are being made in kitchens for 2023. Overstated hardware such as integrated metalwork into wooden drawer fronts, doors and shelving will make an appearance, as will stone slabs for backsplashes and counter tops and a balance of timeless features with playful colours, patterns and textures.
Handleless kitchen cupboards suit cooler tones, such as light wood or pastels, which make a space feel bigger and brighter. Expect to see lighter, chalkier tones mixed with wood, and when it comes to wood, leave it exposed and embrace the grain!
Another likely trend for 2023 is the reinstatement of secondary kitchen spaces. Pantries, sculleries and utility rooms offer more kitchen storage and prep space, and will become popular features in larger homes.
Organic textures such as visible raw metal work (which can be used subtly as fittings in the bathroom or cupboard and door handles, or for more statement pieces such as hanging glass racks or installations) are making their way into our homes. Mixtures of different metal elements are also set to be really popular throughout 2023.
Long lasting materials such as wood, stone and steel that stand the test of time are here to stay, and we’re also expecting to see natural lime washed walls paired with wood, rattan and linen. These elements lend themselves well to organic shapes. Stripping elements back to the bare essentials with natural curves and lines, and removing all fussy details. You’ll see this ‘California modernism’ matched with earthy colours and natural light.
Fun, statement staircases are also going to be popular, with bright colours aiming to stop modern architecture seeming oppressive.
It’s all about off-centre centrepieces when it comes to lighting this year. Corner lighting is set to be big, and most light installations are statements in themselves. Make sure lights can be controlled separately to obtain different moods throughout the day.
We recently had the pleasure of pairing furniture and interior design elements with Tom Raffield’s striking steam-bent woodenlighting features at Noordhoek.
The home bar; we’re ready to see this rising trend everywhere. Having an at-home bar is the ultimate luxury, and if you don’t have space you can always use your breakfast bar during dinner parties! Add open shelving for displaying glassware, and have cupboards and a fridge close by for drink and ingredient storage. If you don’t have a lot of space but like a tipple, invest in a built-in drinks area to keep kitchens seamless and tidy of clutter, and everything for cocktail parties in one place. Striking elements that work well with at-home bars are darker woods with reflective metals, and low, intimate lighting.