10 Microtrends Designers Hope to See in 2023

curved boucle chairs

Laquita Tate

This year was characterized by the rise of microtrends in the design world including coastal grandmother design, Dark Academia, Barbiecore, and more. But what microtrends do designers hope to see make waves in 2023? We asked the pros to chime in on both microtrends that they would love to either see continued next year as well as those that they would love to witness come to fruition. You'll get a kick out of their predictions!

Pops of Bright Color

"A microtrend I've been noticing lately, and one that I hope continues into 2023, is pops of neon and bright yellow in living and working spaces. They are mostly showing up in office and dining chairs, or as a fun accent chair in a corner. The color definitely puts a smile on my face and I plan to incorporate bright yellow into my new office space!" — Elizabeth Burch of Elizabeth Burch Interiors

Coastal Grandpa

"I've actually made up a trend I would love to see in 2023, Coastal Grandpa! Think coastal but with some rich color, wood tones, and of course, my favorite, plaid." — Julia Newman Pedraza of Julia Adele Design

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JK Interior Living

Cool Grandpa

"One microtrend that I'm starting to see a lot of is the cool grandpa '60s/'70s style. The guy who wore sweater vests with checked knitting, pea green pants, rust vests, and corduroy oversized newspaper hats. People are translating this style into a modern way with interiors by using checkered tiles in bathrooms, rust colors in sofas and throw blankets, pea green in kitchens and cabinetry hues, and fun textures that emulate that feeling of corduroy in wallpaper and furniture with fluting and reeding. Cool Grandpa is definitely coming back into our lives and I'm all for it!" — Linda Hayslett of LH.Designs

Sculptured or Curved Furniture

"One microtrend that I hope continues to gain momentum in 2023 is sculptured furniture. It's a statement all by itself. Sculptured furniture brings art into the space beyond the walls in the form of modernist silhouettes and is just as much functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. From curved sofas with round pillows, tables with intricately shaped bases and accent chairs with tubular backs, unconventional furniture can give a unique dimension to any space." — Timala Stewart of Decurated Interiors

"A microtrend that will carry from 2022 into 2023 that I'm happy about is curved furniture. Soft lines, soft edges, and curves creating a feminine space that’s cozier and more in line with a midcentury modern feeling. Bring on the curves!" — Samantha Tannehill of Sam Tannehill Designs

curved boucle chairs

Laquita Tate

Intergenerational Homes

"The high cost of living has families recreating living solutions where they may all live under one roof. It’s interesting because for a long time children left home and did not cohabitate again. Now with two young parents working and both the cost of living and childcare so expensive, cohabitating is becoming trendy again. Home solutions can include separate living areas in one home or two apartments in the same building." — Cami Weinstein of Cami Designs

Monochromatic Mahogany

"In 2022, we witnessed another wave of ivory monochromatism. In 2023, we’ll see an embrace of cocoa-hued spaces. The warmth of umber interiors will place emphasis on intimacy and an unexpected fresh take on hygge." — Elle Jupiter of Elle Jupiter Design Studio

brown hued room

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Moody Biomorphic Spaces

"In 2022, we saw an explosion of spaces with an emphasis on organic forms. This trend will be ushered into 2023, however, we’ll start to see darker spaces with a heavy emphasis on biomorphic forms. These spaces will maintain their minimalistic integrity, with a focus on intimate and moody forms and textures." — Elle Jupiter


"I love the grandmillenial trend and hope it continues but would love to see more innovation on the ideas and deeper dive into other elements of the trend versus replication over and over. There is so much more to unpack with grandmillenial decor. I would love to see more innovation on old practices such as stenciling or digging into all of the many elaborate window treatments such as balloon shades." — Lucy O'Brien of Tartan and Toile

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Interior Impressions

Passementerie on Fleek 

"I believe is the next trend that is in the works. Building on the grandmillenial influence, the use of trims and embellishments are being seen more and more. The fashion houses are also showing a keen use of embellishment detail, and these embellishments are finally coming back into the interior design mainstream. I am particularly excited for decorative frog closure embellishments to come back!" — Lucy O'Brien

Delft Tiles

"I love the Delft tiles trend. Partly because it reminds me of a visit to see some pottery as a teenager but it’s also really delicate and timeless. They are used mainly in country cottages and older houses being that the original Delftware dates back 400 years. They're beautiful in bathrooms with wooden panelling and also stunning in farmhouse kitchens." — Lucy Gleeson of Lucy Gleeson Interiors

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