The 5 Interior Design Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in 2023

When it comes to interior design trends, the only true constant is change. In 2023, it’s time to say goodbye to the overdone fads of years past and update your home to incorporate some of the most fun emerging interior design ideas. Here are five of the biggest DOs of 2023 – and five of the mistakes you definitely want to avoid.

Do: Focus on color, texture, and excitement

Don’t: Stick to low-energy minimalism

Minimalism has been the rage for a couple of years: sleek, clean spaces bathed in calming, neutral colors. In 2023, move away from white walls and an all-beige living room. Instead, the renaissance of color, texture, and fun will remain. Bold-colored couches, bright patterned wallpapers, and funky rugs that don’t overwhelm are the move. The Pantone color of the year 2023 is digital lavender, so expect to see that popping up in home décor. To summarize this year’s color trends: the more the merrier.

Do: Get creative and feel inspired to experiment!

Don’t: Worry too much about following “rules”

While there are general 2023 interior design trends, there will also be a shift away from the belief that trends must be methodically followed. Throw out the idea that there are hard and fast rules to curating a contemporary space; instead, this is the year to let your individuality shine through furniture and décor. Combine elements from different trends and styles, hunt for one-of-a-kind pieces, and don’t be afraid to make your space look a little offbeat. In 2023, the most trendy apartment décor will be the distinctive – sometimes downright weird – stuff that no one else has.

Do: Incorporate natural materials and organic shapes

Don’t: Include too many sharp lines and cold, artificial elements

Many of the trends emerging in 2023 can be described as “outdoor-inspired,” where it feels like the outdoor and indoor seem to blend. As you shop for furniture and décor elements, look for pieces with curved lines, organic shapes, and all-natural materials – think wood, stone, wicker, etc to name a few. This year is also about embracing imperfection over the sharp precision of years past. Warm colors and natural light go hand in hand with this nature-inspired aesthetic.

Do: Thrift and upcycle vintage inspired statement pieces

Don’t: Fill your spaces with cheap “fast furniture”

Another major focus in the coming year will be sustainability and giving a second (or third or fourth) life to older pieces. Instead of grabbing the same cheaply made coffee table that half your neighborhood has, consider hunting for a vintage gem or a quality, previously used piece from CORT Furniture Outlet. Remember, the year 2023 is all about making your space truly one-of-a-kind, and shopping secondhand is one of the best ways to do this.  

Do: Layer your lighting and think of lights as art

Don’t: Waste the opportunity by worrying solely about functionality! 

In 2023, your lighting should not be an afterthought. The light fixtures throughout your home are opportunities to combine art and functionality, ad these are yet another place where you can experiment with bold color, texture, and shape. Additionally, interior designers have been raving about “layered” lighting, combining wall fixtures, hanging lights, table lights, and floor lights to fill a room with brightness and create “sections” in open spaces.

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