The importance of sustainability in our daily lives has grown as we approach the year ahead. In light of this, the home decor space is also moving forward with creative living solutions that are circular, inspired by the ideas of ‘make-and-reuse’, ‘nature-engineered’, ‘earth-sourced’, and ‘zero waste’. Designing things that can be used, reused, and recycled is central to the sustainability movement, along with creating products inspired by the coexistence of nature and technology. Such is the spirit of home decor and design in 2023.
Make and Remake
This trend encourages consumers to take an active role in the life cycle of their home decor products. Rather than simply discarding an item, make and remake inspires consumers to upcycle and redesign their existing decor. From painting and reupholstering to adding few but bold new touches, this trend allows for a personalized element to be added to your home, making it unique and sustainable. As a result, makers are encouraged to use creative, unexpected processes and applications to repurpose a plethora of materials already available. Such creations usually witness techniques like overprinting, overdyeing, bricolage, collage, and patchwork featuring a maximalist, joyful mix of colors, prints, patterns, and textures.
The theme of make and remake also features heightened use of embellishments to boost tactility in the finished products. As a result, techniques such as appliqué, textured weaving, knotting, and fringing are incorporated to add dimension and breathe new life into the repurposed materials.
The zero waste trend entails using sustainable materials and creating products that can be disassembled and recycled along with making sure that the manufacturing process is as environmentally friendly as possible in order to reduce waste and minimize environmental impact. In 2023 we can anticipate seeing more businesses dedicate efforts to minimizing waste and providing zero waste design solutions. Zero-waste or closed-loop production usually features continuous design. This practice entails repeatedly turning waste materials into new goods, by using methods that help achieve a high-end look while preserving the materials. As single materials can be recycled more easily than mixed materials, ‘mono-materiality’ is a crucial feature of continuous design.
Modern developments in fabric regeneration like cellulose yarns enable zero-waste production to thrive, whereas use of timeless and essentialist color schemes like bright white, warm greys, sage, elegant blues, and black promote longevity and extended life.
This trend emphasizes raw and earthy finishes with a focus on textures. Unpolished, rough surfaces are highlighted, and flaws are seen as adding character and appeal. In order to create a familiar and welcoming environment, materials like clay, terracotta, and unbleached textiles are heavily used. In 2023 brands will constantly be taking cues from nature when it comes to patterns and themes, using floral and botanical motifs as well as geometric shapes which exist in natural forms like honeycomb and rock formations.
Use of organic color palette of warm, soft, and muted botanical hues that range from complex shades of olive and lime to warm beige and pink, and bold indigo will also be observed. Handcrafted techniques such as shibori will also be used to create unique designs inspired by nature.
Nature Engineering focuses on the latest technological developments that can enhance the home decor and design experience by combining natural materials and biophilic design with cutting edge technology.The application of engineering and regenerative farming techniques is meant to enhance the performance of natural materials, reduce waste and encourage the harmonious coexistence between humans and the environment. This movement steers clear of the ‘industrial appearance’ of past years and leans into warmer, more natural color palettes that harmoniously blend with the surroundings. The movement features the best qualities of both the natural and human worlds by using contemporary neutrals that have a clean and refined quality.
The “Nature Engineered” movement has the potential to significantly affect a variety of businesses in a positive manner, by presenting a more optimistic and cooperative approach to design and placing a higher priority on sustainability, human well-being, and nature’s capacity for regeneration.
The home decor trends of 2023 are all about sustainability and environmental responsibility. From circularity to zero waste, there are many ways to incorporate sustainable practices into your home decor choices. Whether you want to upcycle and remake your existing decor, or invest in furniture made from natural and sustainable materials, there are many options available that align with these trends. By making sustainable choices in your home decor, you can create a space that is not only beautiful but also environmentally responsible.