What’s on tap for 2023? How about goth looks and moody Japandi? Kitchen and bath product distributor Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery predicts the top 10 trends and influences for the year through its ninth-annual guide.
The trends hit a wide range of design styles – from nature and eco-mindfulness to old-world looks and modernized midcentury to multisensory design and technology. Here are Ferguson’s top trends:
People crave nature, and this trend continues bringing natural elements into the home. Ferguson includes elements that mimic the natural environment and circadian rhythms, such as natural lighting and dimmable fixtures, as well as products that respond to air and surface temperature, humidity and flow, and the addition of plants, windows and other greenery. Water is also essential to the experience, Ferguson said; water therapy and soaking tubs promote relaxation and rejuvenation.
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Speaking of water, Ferguson says U.S. homeowners are adapting the open, waterproof bath space that is popular in Europe. That includes a frameless, zero-entry shower; floor-to-wall shower tile; freestanding tub; floating vanity; and an ADA-accessible design, including hardware and lighting.
Now an important part of everyday life, sustainability influences homeowners’ decisions, from the home design itself to the products that furnish it. Conscious consumers will increasingly pursue earth-conscious plumbing fixtures, recycled materials and smart appliances that use less energy, Ferguson said. And those looking to reduce their carbon footprint are turning to products made from renewable resources, such as bamboo and cork flooring.
Ferguson’s Gothic Glam trend is ideal for those who don’t shy away from drama. Gothic Glam includes statement fixtures like wrought-iron chandeliers and candelabras, and bronze plumbing fixtures add to the drama. Other elements such as black accents, woodwork and other vivid jewel tones and glamorous wallcovering complete the look.
Midcentury modern lovers are still drawn to clean, uncomplicated lines, but are now adopting integrated, streamlined appliances with cutting-edge technology that blend in with the home’s décor, Ferguson said. And this year the trend will see an introduction of softer lines and bolder hues. Contemporary and geometry-inspired fixtures complete the twist on this classic style, and Sputnik lighting is back with a more linear look.
A meshing of Scandinavian and Japanese styles, this minimalist look retains its functionality while incorporating darker tones than observed previously, Ferguson said. It suggested blending elements of matte black, gold, darker shades of wood and hints of purple to create harmony.
This trend activates all five senses with texture. Fabric, wood and stone surfaces invite touch and make a home more inviting, and lighting adds brightness and warmth with lighting. Mixing tactile materials along with layering is key to making textural elements work, Ferguson said.
Old World Estate
Influenced by historical manors, Ferguson’s Old World Estate trend is defined as using warm, rich and frequently dark woods and earthy materials found in flooring, sinks and hardware. Calling on other European styles, such as French Country, Tuscan, Spanish and Mediterranean, this trend is romantic without being too frilly. It achieves a sense of opulence with Grecian marble countertops, travertine fixtures and Parisian-inspired chandeliers, along with incorporating such elements as lavish decorations, oversized furniture pieces and texture on walls, fabrics and flooring.
Embracing one’s inner royal, this design style incorporates all that is magnificent, romantic and traditional about castle life. Born of Regency style with a bit of Victorian for good measure, this trend features crystal chandeliers, clawfoot tubs, ornate vanities, candelabras and sconce lighting, Ferguson said.
Smart home is here to stay, and more homeowners are discovering how technology can support a more modern lifestyle and simplify daily routines. In the next few years, homeowners will continue to invest and upgrade their home’s technologies.