Many pros are seeing a maximalist décor style take hold, specifically a perked-up traditional look that combines vintage pieces with lots of upbeat pattern and wall coverings.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Houzz, an online home design platform, has offered eight home design trend predictions for next year.
Houzz pulled from its community of more than 65 million homeowners and home design enthusiasts along with more than three million residential construction and design professionals to determine how people will design their homes next year and beyond.
U.S. 2023 Houzz home design predictions
- Natural materials
Natural materials seem to have hit a high point in popularity, according to Houzz. In particular, homeowners in the Houzz community are installing quartzite and other natural stone countertops, as well as marble tile and wood cabinets and vanities, especially white oak. Some designers on Houzz say the surge of interest in natural materials is a result of homeowners rethinking manmade materials like engineered quartz that have dominated homes in recent years and instead are gravitating to natural materials.
- Connections to the outdoors
For years, homeowners have craved deep connections to outdoor spaces, with 20% of homeowners making their kitchens more open to the outdoors post-renovation (source: 2022 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study). Sliding glass doors that completely open interior spaces to outdoor areas are at the top of many dream features lists. But many pros on Houzz are helping homeowners find more affordable ways to bring the outdoors in. Adding large windows can maximize views to outdoor spaces and bring in tons of natural light in a less expensive way than fully glazed walls. Meanwhile, a focus on wallpaper prints that recall nature are also helping homeowners feel connected to the outdoors.
- Modern rustic living rooms
In living rooms, among the Houzz community, demand for natural materials is leading to a modern rustic style that’s both rugged and cozy. Natural stone fireplaces and surrounds, wood beams and off-white walls mix with comfortable furnishings in organic whites, browns and beiges to create an updated look that feels anchored to a rural past.
A renewed interest in bright and bold color is one of the most-reported trends Houzz is hearing from design and remodeling professionals. The shift away from mostly neutrals and whites is something many pros attribute to the pandemic. These days, homeowners seem more adventurous and willing to take a chance on creating brighter, more vibrant spaces.
Wallpaper is helping fuel the rush to color, with many homeowners using wild patterns and colors to add pop and personality. On Houzz, search trends show a rise in interest in wallpaper in 2022 compared with 2021. Searches were up for paintable wallpaper (93%), chinoiserie wallpaper (71%), floral wallpaper (52%), ceiling wallpaper (40%), Art Deco wallpaper (33%) and dog wallpaper (46%).
- Warm and soft kitchens
While pros say a desire for bold color is extending into some kitchens, many report that a lot of homeowners are asking for a warm and soft style that’s restful and relaxing. Think delicate greige or off-white cabinets, light woods, muted tile, subdued patterns and warm bronze and brass finishes.
- Layers of textures
One phrase that has come up again and again in conversations with design professionals from the Houzz community is “layered texture” in décor, wallpaper, materials and accessories. Houzz is seeing a lot of designers layer wood, rattan, stone, metal finishes, concrete and various textural fabrics in one room to create a dynamic style that’s full of visual and tactile interest.
- Playful traditional style
In light of many homeowners embracing bright color, wild wallpaper and layered looks, many pros are seeing a maximalist décor style take hold, specifically a perked-up traditional look that combines vintage pieces with lots of upbeat pattern and wall coverings. Think of it as a traditional style returning in a fun way. Some pros say supply chain issues during the pandemic helped spawn the trend by forcing homeowners to look locally for antiques and recycled, repurposed or reupholstered pieces with whimsical details and a pretty patina.
- Creative island seating
Casual seating is just one of many appeals of a kitchen island. While the traditional seating arrangement has typically been a row of stools on one side facing the cooking area, some homeowners on Houzz are seeking alternative setups to accommodate a variety of needs, such as the ability to sit face-to-face with guests or sit at a standard dining table height. As a result, Houzz is seeing a lot of islands with creative seating arrangements like two-tiered designs with seating for 10 people and dropped-down or raised-up areas for various needs.