5 Trends That Apartment Therapy Editors Want to See in 2023

published Jan 1, 2023
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Here at Apartment Therapy, we’re all about loving your home and thriving in it. And if you need proof, just look to the bold, soothing, and/or individuality-driven trends below that our editors hope to spot more of in the coming year. Fun colors? Calming vibes? Big patterns? Modernizing your way? It’s all here!

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So Much Personality

“Nothing is more depressing to me than the reports that our homes are getting less and less colorful over time. I hope 2023 brings a renaissance of individuality and color amongst a sea of sameness and neutrals, resale value (and security deposits) be damned.” —Tara Bellucci, News and Culture Director

Archival Meets Modern

“I just moved into a Neocolonial-meets-Craftsman-style home, and I’m loving all of the heritage collaborations and historic-leaning, nature-inspired wallpaper and fabric patterns being brought back to the fore by companies like Morris & Co. and House of Hackney. There’s nothing better than taking something archival and adapting it to make it a little more modern for today.” —Danielle Blundell, Executive Home Director

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Light Woods Everywhere

“I want to continue to see light-colored and natural wood permeating through spaces, both in furniture and accessories but also on larger planes, like walls, floors, cabinetry, built-ins, and more. There is something so calming and soothing about natural woods like birch and maple, and I love how they infuse a space with nature but aren’t too attention grabbing. I love that their subtle wood grains add texture and pattern to a space without overwhelming. And I love how they’re able to make dark spaces feel lighter and brighter, too.” —Adrienne Breaux, House Tours Director

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Color Saturation

“I would love to see the trend of really bright, saturated colors continuing to take the place of all-white rooms. I loved Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2023, Raspberry Blush, and I think it’s signaling a shift toward more daring spaces. Don’t get me wrong, I am a minimalist at heart, but there’s only so many ways you can ‘bring the outdoors in’ or embrace neutrals, particularly when sages and creams have become such mainstays. I say, bring on bright colors that remind you of memories you cherish or vacations you’ve loved, and use neutrals as accents. Switch it up!” —Kelly Dawson, Deputy Editor

Fabric Patterns to the Max

“Personally, I’d love to see really bold furniture upholstery patterns take over in 2023 — like a vintage-inspired floral sofa, or a high-contrast striped headboard. Nowadays, it feels like there’s already a huge emphasis on color and originality, and I hope that these trends ultimately carry over into super maximalist statement furniture staples.” —Blair Donovan, Shopping Editor, Style