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Trends you shouldn’t invest in: 2023 edition

These trends are beautiful: but these trends will be out in 2023. Let us guide you through the trend cycle for next year.

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Trends you shouldn’t invest in: 2023 edition
Clara Carlino de Paz
December 5, 2022

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Like with fashion, social media and other macrotrends, interior designers have to be alert on when the tides shift. Before recommending clients’ invest in a type of furniture that will feel updated in merely a few years, doing some research and figuring out what feels like a classic choice instead of a fad one is totally essential.

In every industry, we can locate three different types of trends. The first one is the fad or microtrend: rapidly rising and rapidly declining, never to be seen again. An example of this could be the LED lights that became popular during the worst of the pandemic. The second is the standard trend, which slowly rises, falls, and most of the time comes back later on. A great example of this would be wallpaper; depending on the decade, it has been seen as passé or innovative. Finally, we have the classic, which rises once and plateaus, with smaller ups or downs throughout time. A classic could be mid-century Scandinavian furniture design, which continues to stand the test of time. For a visual, keep scrolling:

Graph adapted from Amiko Simonetti

Let us be clear: Including trends in your designs is not bad at all; but the more of them you do, the higher the chance of your design feeling antiquated much sooner. It’s all about choosing the ones that resonate with your own style and your clients’: and then edging them closer to a timeless territory.

With all that said, we have some predictions for next year. There is nothing wrong with these trends, in fact, we love most of them! We just think it might be time to move on a little bit and see beyond them, as they’ll likely be out of style soon.

Bouclé textures

This texture is beautiful and lovely to the touch, but the same way bouclé died an exponential death in the fashion sphere, we can anticipate this fabric will be out soon.

Curated by the Mood Guide

Rattan chairs

After seeing them absolutely everywhere for the last year, we’re convinced this trend has reached its maturity and will soon see its decline. Whicker can be a classic in very particular scenarios, such as Mediterranean or Tropical interiors, but otherwise we see this as a trend due to end soon.

Chair by Kave Home

Curved furniture

I know, this one is controversial! We too have hailed curvy furniture, because it is absolutely beautiful, but it will probably seem as eerie as the straight cut lines of minimalist furniture in the 2000s and 2010s in no time. Because of that, we think a softer version of this trend might be adequate. Of course, up to you!

Interiors by Liljencrantz Design

Excessive unprocessed or reclaimed wood

A touch of recycled and unprocessed wood is absolutely great – and an amazing sustainable option. However, having too much of it in one room can feel a bit clunky and claustrophobic. We’d steer clear of this trend!

Interiors by Forever Barnwood

Cold, monochromatic palettes

Colour is reigning supreme, and even if it’s not your favourite, an excessive reliance on white paint can make spaces feel liminal and almost clinical. Not for us!

Interiors by Decorilla

What do you think of this list? If you have any suggestions, let us know!


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