Green, glass brick and arches: Interior designers share the biggest home styling trends for 2023


Interior design experts have revealed their predictions for which home styling trends are set to take over in 2023 – and which ones to leave behind in 2022. 

Vanessa Walker, Editor at Houzz Australia and New Zealand has pegged colour blocking, especially with greens, as well as industrial style metal mesh as the next hot trends.

However Vanessa said concrete floors, Hamptons-style kitchens and even sliding doors are losing popularity among Aussie homeowners. 

Sydney interior stylist Emma Blomfield wants to see brass and gunmetal hardware take over the black matte trend which is done with fake terrazzo textures, fish scale tiles and all-white colour schemes.  

Popular TikTok interior designer Brie Turton said retro glass bricks are back while ocean hues and curved arches will be big in the new year. 

Whether you’re building a new house, renovating or just want to give your style a spruce up, get ahead of the curve by incorporating these six trends into your space. 

Aussie interior design pros have shared what they think will be the hottest home styling trends for 2023, from ocean-hued tiles to arched doorways and details and even the surprisingly retro glass block walls

1. MAKE WAY FOR ARCHES 

Curved furniture was all the rage in late 2022, which has led to Brie naming arches as an overall hot trend next year. 

‘This is the natural progression from the trend we’ve been seeing in curved furniture, curved round lines and organic shapes. Arches can come through in multiple ways through interiors,’ she said. 

‘You can also of course use arches in your architecture but I truly think the most approachable way to be able to do this in your own home is to think about doing it in places like the shower niche if you can as well as the door way.’

For those not building or renovating, Brie suggests using arched mirrors like Target’s $80 curved shape mirror which home stylist Jemma Alyce gave a maximal-style update using pool noodles and shimmery fabric.   

Interior designer Brie Turton said following on from the curved furniture craze, arches will come through in multiple ways in Aussie homes from doorways to kitchen nooks and shower niches

For those not building or renovating, Brie suggests using arched mirrors like Target's $80 curved shape mirror (pictured) to incorporate this trend into your home

TikTok-famous home stylist Jemma Alyce gave the mirror maximal-style update using pool noodles and shimmery fabric

Brie suggests using arched mirrors like Target’s $80 curved shape mirror which TikTok-famous home stylist Jemma Alyce gave a maximal-style update using pool noodles and shimmery fabric

2. GO RETRO WITH GLASS BRICK 

Brie said the glass brick trend is a ‘controversial one’ that people either love or hate but the retro trend is ‘very cool when done well’. 

‘Glass brick or glass block whatever you want to call it was originally popular around the 1920s to the forties and it’s coming back in a big way,’ she said. 

‘It’s a really great way to create an entire wall of natural light while still maintaining some privacy.’

While it is a difficult trend to take on if you’re not building or renovating, Brie said to keep an eye out for glass brick-inspired furniture she predicts will crop up in stores next year. 

While you’re waiting for budget stores to catch up on the glass brick trend, emulate the look with the square vase for just $9.95 from Myer.  

Brie (left) said glass brick will come back in a big way and glass block-inspired furniture and homewares will start to appear in stores

She said glass brick-inspired homewares and furniture will soon start to appear in stores. While you're waiting for shops to catch up on the trend, you can emulate the look with the square vase (pictured) for just $9.95 from Myer

Brie (left) said glass brick will come back in a big way and glass block-inspired furniture and homewares will start to appear in stores. You can get ahead of the curve with the square glass vase (pictured) for $10 from Myer

Brie said the glass brick trend is a 'controversial one' that people either love or hate but the retro trend is 'very cool when done well'

Brie said the glass brick trend is a ‘controversial one’ that people either love or hate but the retro trend is ‘very cool when done well’

3. KEEN ON GREENS

According to Houzz’s search statistics, terracotta and a range of greens, from sage to forest, is set to emerge as one of the dominant colour palettes for the coming year. 

‘Sage kitchens and forest green bedrooms have already surged in popularity among the Houzz community with searches up by 339 per cent and 156 per cent more than the previous year respectively,’ Vanessa said.  

‘A clay-and-forest inspired palette complemented with colours reminiscent of spices such as mustard and turmeric yellows, burnt siennas and saffron pinks is commonly used by interiors designers to warm up interiors.’ 

To incorporate the green and terracotta colour palette at home for less, dress your couch with the $20 Bodhi Velvet Cushion from Target or a set of three terracotta pots from Kmart for just $6.  

According to Houzz's search statistics, terracotta and sage greens is set to emerge as one of the dominant colour palettes for the coming year

According to Houzz’s search statistics, terracotta and sage greens is set to emerge as one of the dominant colour palettes for the coming year

To incorporate more pops of greens in your home for less, dress your couch with the $20 Bohdi Velvet Cushion (pictured) from Target

Add touches of terracotta to a room with the set of three terracotta pots (pictured) from Kmart for just $6

To incorporate the green and terracotta colour palette at home for less, dress your couch with the $20 Bohdi Velvet Cushion (left) from Target or a set of three terracotta pots (right) from Kmart for just $6

4. OCEAN HUES AND CALMING BLUES

If you’re not a fan of the green trend, Brie said to think about adding textured greeny-blues and aquas to a room instead. 

‘We know that green has been extremely popular in interiors, and it will continue to be as it’s a natural colour but now we’re seeing the ocean elements and influence come in,’ she said. 

However, rather than just adding a solid ocean hue Brie said to find tiles, homewares and wall colours that mimic movement and create texture. 

If you're not a fan of the green trend Brie said to think about adding textured greeny-blues and aquas to a room

However, rather than just adding a solid ocean hue, Brie said to find tiles, homewares and wall colours that mimic movement and create texture

If you’re not a fan of the green trend Brie said to think about adding textured greeny-blues and aquas to a room in the way of textured tiles

‘They’ve got movement, they’ve got a little bit of rhythm going and that’s the difference between really showcasing the ocean hue and as opposed to just a plain blank blue,’ she explained. 

‘The easiest way to do this in your own home is by gorgeous textured tiles that we know are super popular right now. I would be going  for anything in the palette that you would naturally find in the ocean.’

If you don’t have the budget to re-tile your bathroom or kitchen splash back, Kmart have adhesive tiles in a sea-like Jade colour for $26 a pack while you can also add ocean blues to a room with Freedom’s Portofino dinnerware which is on sale from $9.95. 

If you don't have the budget to re-tile your bathroom or kitchen splash back, Kmart have adhesive tiles in a sea-like Jade colour for $26 a pack

While you can also add ocean blues to a room with Freedom's Portofino dinnerware which is on sale from $9.95

If you don’t have the budget to re-tile your bathroom, Kmart has adhesive tiles in a sea-like Jade colour for $26 a pack while you can also add ocean blues to a room with Freedom’s Portofino dinnerware which is on sale from $9.95

5. COLOUR-BLOCKING DRAMA 

As an antithesis of the white and beige coastal chic homes that have taken Australian design lovers by storm in recent years, more pros are now leaning towards striking colours. 

‘Striking colour-matched interiors, particularly where the same colour is used on joinery adjacent to walls, are growing in popularity,’ Vanessa said. 

The clean, sophisticated look also addresses a way for designers and homeowners to make cabinetry more discreet and integrated into surroundings. 

Pros on Houzz say there’s been a resurgence of people looking to energise their spaces with colour, so expect more dramatic colour-blocking displays in kitchens, living rooms and wardrobes in 2023.  

As an antithesis of the white and beige coastal chic homes that have taken Australian design lovers by storm in recent years, more pros are now leaning towards striking block colours

As an antithesis of the white and beige coastal chic homes that have taken Australian design lovers by storm in recent years, more pros are now leaning towards striking block colours

Jemma is known online for showcasing her maximalist-style Melbourne apartment and has been a long-time embracer of vibrant colours. 

She has previously shared where to find stylish and colourful homewares buys that won’t break the bank. 

From Typo, Jemma suggested a green and purple candle stick holder for $14.99 as well as a $29.99 orange-checkered double dip bowl that comes with a detachable dip dish.

More eclectic buys included Big W’s Franko Dobby towel for only $7 each down from $12 that have a multi-patterned design. 

6. INDUSTRIAL CHIC METAL MESH 

Another surprising trend is the resurgence of industrial style-metal mesh which Vanessa said is being transformed into a stylish feature and elevating some ordinary parts inside Aussie homes. 

She said she’s seen metal mesh incorporated into stairways, where it is used as the stair path or as a railing sandwiched between two steel frames. 

‘Aside from being visually appealing, the material’s detailed surface also allows enough light to permeate and illuminate its surroundings,’ Vanessa said. 

‘Designers expect to see more of this trendy yet timeless material in 2023, woven into interior architecture and as a decorative accent in shelving display units, doors and more.’

Bunnings sells a variety of sheets of metal mesh for under $100 each you can DIY to create a stylish divider in your house or garden or if you can stretch your budget a little further there are a range of screens that are ready-to-install. 

Another surprising trend is the resurgence of industrial style-metal mesh which Vanessa said is being transformed into a stylish feature and elevating some ordinary parts inside Aussie homes.

She said she's seen metal mesh incorporated into stairways, where it is used as the stair path or as a railing sandwiched between two steel frames

Another surprising trend is the resurgence of industrial style-metal mesh which Vanessa said is being transformed into a stylish feature and elevating some ordinary parts inside Aussie homes like stairways and railings

What interior design trends are being left in 2022?

All white interiors 

Emma said interior pros are also leaving behind all-white interiors telling FEMAIL: ‘White walls, trims, doors and ceilings are done.’

‘I’m all for a feature colour for the doors like sage green and keeping the walls white to mix it up and make the room more interesting than white washing everything in sight.

Concrete flooring 

‘Acres of polished-concrete flooring were, until recently, almost mandatory in contemporary architect-designed homes. Sleek, low-maintenance, polished concrete was seen as a perfect match for minimalist homes,’ Vanessa said.

Emma said interior pros are also leaving behind all-white interiors saying: 'White walls, trims, doors and ceilings are done.'

Emma said interior pros are also leaving behind all-white interiors saying: ‘White walls, trims, doors and ceilings are done.’

‘But homeowners’ love affair with the soft-industrial look is on the wane, with searches for ‘concrete floor’ down 27 per cent among the Houzz community between 2021 and 2022.’ 

She said people are now craving ‘warmth, colour and comfort’ after a challenging few years in and out of lockdowns brought on by Covid-19 outbreaks but those who already have committed to a concrete floor need not despair.

‘You’ll find it creates a wonderfully versatile base that you can easily update with a few smart tweaks,’ she said.

‘Try introducing warm tones in surrounding elements, such as wall colour, rugs, soft furnishings and artwork, and your concrete foundation will feel right on-point.’

Black matte hardware 

The craze of going for black hardware whether it be for door handles or bathroom taps is over according to Emma who said it has been ‘overdone’. 

'Homeowners' love affair with the soft-industrial look is on the wane, with searches for 'concrete floor' down 27 per cent among the Houzz community between 2021 and 2022,' Vanessa said

The craze of going for black hardware whether it be for door handles or bathroom taps is over according to Emma who said it has been 'overdone'

Vanessa said while concrete floors can still work, Aussie homeowners are falling out of love with the industrial style. Emma said black matte hardware has been ‘overdone’ and chips too easily

‘They’re now a standard offering for most tap and door handle brands but I’m sick of it!! They scratch more easily than other colours and I think it’s been overdone,’ she said. 

‘I’m much more into brushed bronze, gunmetal or antiqued brass hardware. They’re more interesting and a bit more of a classic choice for design longevity.’

Fake terrazzo 

While terrazzo, the speckled stone many are using as benchtops and statement furniture pieces, is still very much in fashion, Emma said fake versions need to go. 

‘It’s just a hard no from me. Go the real deal or don’t bother at all I say,’ she said. 

The speckled stone many are using as benchtops and statement furniture pieces, is still very much in fashion, Emma said fake terrazzo needs to go

The speckled stone many are using as benchtops and statement furniture pieces, is still very much in fashion, Emma said fake terrazzo needs to go

Hamptons-style kitchens 

Vanessa said while Hamptons kitchens, with their beachy-meets-elegant vibe, will never truly go out of style, she warns people not to expect it to be the go-to style in the coming year. 

‘Searches for ‘Hamptons-style kitchens’ dropped by 12 per cent between 2021 and 2022 – a sign that for many homeowners it’s time to bid goodbye to the popular U.S. east-coast look,’ she said. 

‘The set piece of white Shaker-style cabinetry, subway-tiled splashbacks and a trio of pendant lights is set to take a backseat to warm, earthy neutrals, timber joinery and statement stone finishes, bringing a dynamic, layered feel to cooking spaces.’ 

Sliding doors 

Surprisingly, the searches on home-lovers community for ‘sliding doors’ was down by 34 per cent compared to the previous year indicating the standard-issue aluminium sliders many grew up with may stay in yesteryear according to Vanessa. 

‘Today, homeowners are seeking more sophisticated door designs that bolster the connection between inside and out and add visual impact to living spaces,’ she said. 

‘Professionals predict that black metal-framed French doors, oversized pivot doors, space-savvy pocket doors, and floor-to-ceiling gliders will emerge as popular choices in the year ahead.’

Surprisingly, the Houzz editor searches on home-lovers community for 'sliding doors' was down by 34 per cent compared to the previous year indicating the standard-issue aluminium sliders many grew up with may stay in yesteryear

Surprisingly, the Houzz editor searches on home-lovers community for ‘sliding doors’ was down by 34 per cent compared to the previous year indicating the standard-issue aluminium sliders many grew up with may stay in yesteryear

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