Each year, the interior design community reflects on the changes that occurred within the industry. This includes reviewing developing trends, analysing shifts in preference, and predicting the aesthetics that are likely to define the next year.
One particularly important activity is to recognise which aesthetic trends are no longer in fashion. Since some interior design trends can occasionally be unexpected or outstay their welcome, seeing certain trends being left behind can bring a great deal of joy, making way for vibrant and interesting new styles.
As we approach the end of 2023, here are five of the most popular aesthetics that interior designers are very glad to see becoming less popular.
Beige, Grey, and Greige
Cool shades and tones are no longer being seen as refined but are, instead, a style now associated with dullness. Interior aesthetics that are built around these muted and understated colour schemes are being referred to as cold and shallow, with a developing preference for bold and vibrant maximalism replacing them in favour.
A significant part as to why these colours are disappearing relatively quickly is because of the upkeep they require. Beige furniture, for example, isn’t always accommodating of a hectic lifestyle, especially with children and pets, requiring constant upkeep.
Invisible And Floating Shelves
Modern aesthetics are generally disappearing, being swapped for vintage and more natural styles. A great example of this is the invisible or floating shelf. These designs are a part of the minimalism movement, seeking to obscure unnecessary details and create a refined living space. However, the tide is now turning, and residents want a more comfortable and detailed space that expresses their personality.
Gardens For Living
Trimmed lawns are out, abundant vegetable patches and log cabins are in. This is because residents are becoming more affectionate toward gardens and want to embrace the beauty of nature, transforming these outdoor spaces to become useful, so that they can be enjoyed more often and all year round.
Expect to see a greater degree of wild and interesting garden designs with some even treating their outdoor space as a smallholding opportunity. This means a growing increase in the number of gardens that house features like beehives and chicken coops.
Almost as quickly as it appeared, the embellished and bespoke style of regency and regal interiors is disappearing. Whether they simply became too expensive to maintain or required a frustrating amount of upkeep (see the maintenance required for chandeliers!) these designs are now being replaced by more lo-fi and cosy alternatives.
Open Living Spaces
Knocking down as many walls as structurally possible in a home is no longer the way to go. Instead, homeowners are finally beginning to once again embrace the division and compartmentalisation of properties. This is partly because, with an increased culture of working from home, residents are requiring a degree of separation to ensure that they can keep their work lives and personal lives separate when occupying the same space.