Four path-defining predictions
Wellness design and well-being interiors
The wellness factor has become more important in everyday life than ever before in recent years. The reasons for this are plain to see: People are constantly confronted with stressful situations, bad news and global problems. It’s no wonder that the home is increasingly being perceived as a retreat where people seek comfort. The shift in society towards mindfulness and wellness has already seen rooms assume new functions that foster an ambience of well-being in the home.
From meditation and yoga spaces and self-care corners to dedicated activity spaces and indoor gardens, these new personal sanctuaries provide quality of life and restorative moments in the comfort of the home. This phenomenon is also known as s ocial cocooning . Bathrooms in particular are being transformed into veritable wellness and spa oases. The wellness design and well-being trend has had a major influence on interior design – and this is set to continue.
Alternative materials to protect the environment
The climate crisis is intensifying; resources are dwindling. Added to which, supply chain problems caused by global events are affecting many economies. All this is resulting in growing interest in innovative materials and alternative resources. New solutions are needed. Sustainability is now an essential consideration in both interior design and the construction industry.
Exciting approaches have already emerged, such as producing furniture from food leftovers and electrical waste or from algae as well as researching alternatives to concrete . Researchers are also experimenting with hemp fibres , soy silk, mushroom-based raw materials, new uses for organic cotton and organic wool, and other natural and recycled fibres. Alternative construction materials currently include certain textiles as alternatives to cement, iron-based intelligent steel or light-transmitting fibre concrete. A revolutionary silicate-based gel material could be used in the future for insulation. And that’s just one of many possible new innovations – there is immense potential here, and it will be researched further in 2023.
The on-trend colours for 2023
People have already been talking about Digital Lavender for a few months. Named the colour of the year for 2023, the light shade of violet is popping up increasingly frequently in textiles, furnishings and digital media. But according to the latest predictions by the experts behind the Coloro colour system, there will be five other path-setting on-trend colours in 2023.
One of them is Midnight Plum. This shade is the closest to Digital Lavender, but slightly darker and with a touch of blue. In addition, Coloro has identified Intense Rust, a Bordeaux red, and Apricot Crush, a soft orange, as two other trending shades. They are joined by a simple, restrained Sustained Grey. The trend palette is rounded off with a shade from the green colour spectrum: Cool Matcha. This shade is less intense but still appears fresh. Overall, these colours exude a cheerful, relaxed atmosphere while appearing unobtrusive and being easy to combine with each other and with other colours.
In the spirit of the reloved revolution, vintage classics are paired with modern pieces. (Photo: Trend on Unsplash)
2023 trends: the reloved revolution
When it comes to 2023 interior design trends, the futurologists at the Zukunftsinstitut have identified one exciting movement that emerges from the neo-ecology and individualisation megatrends. It’s the reloved revolution: People want the design of their homes to be as unique and as sustainable as possible. The revivals of 70s retro charm , the extravagant 80s and 90s inflatable furniture show how important individuality is today: All these comebacks combine a touch of extravagance with a love of experimentation.
Alongside this, vintage furniture and upcycled or recycled items and second-hand or rented interior design objects are as popular as ever. The reloved revolution – which the trend for biographical spaces also draws on – is very promising from an environmental perspective because it promotes more sustainable production and value chains . This is absolutely in the spirit of the sharing and circular economy according to the Zukunftsinstitut, one of the most renowned think tanks for trend forecasting and future research in Europe.
Harnessing potential long-term trends
The 2023 interior design trends are innovative, in some cases even revolutionary, because they are exploring alternative materials that have never been seen before. But the trends are also very promising from a health perspective because they place a focus on well-being interiors and wellness design. In addition, consumers have a strong desire for greater individuality, which is clearly expressed in the reloved revolution. In the fields of materials development and the circular economy in particular, there is still lots of open ground to fill with ideas. These are areas where it’s worth making a start and developing further innovations for interior design.
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