12 Interior Design Trends for 2023

12 Interior Design Trends for 2023

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to remodel your Milwaukee or Waukesha home? The Kowalske designers have you covered with the interior design trends for 2023. From the latest colors and shapes to cutting edge technology and wellness options, we are ready for the hottest new remodeling trends on the horizon. Take a look at some of the bathroom and kitchen trends you can expect for 2023.

What’s Hot in Kitchen Trends & Bathroom Trends:

1. Open Shelving is Still Hot in 2023

Most people feel strongly one way or another about open shelving. Either they love it or hate it! The Kowalske designers happen to love open shelving and believe this interior design trend will continue into 2023.

While cabinets can make a space feel smaller, open shelving is a great way to make a space feel light, airy and larger. Use open shelving for storing:

  • Dishes
  • Glasses
  • Cookbooks
  • Spices & Oil Dispensers
  • Special art pieces

We love to pair open shelving with natural handmade tile and earth tones.

2. Bold Colors & Designs in 2023

Bold color and patterns top the list of kitchen and bathroom design trends for 2023. Some Waukesha homeowners shy away from bright colors and designs, preferring to play it safe with just a simple “loud” throw pillow. However, you don’t have to be afraid of this trend. Instead have fun with color and give your room a pop of personality! Consider brighter shades for your kitchen cabinets, wall paint, wallpaper, backsplash and tile flooring. 

3. Traditional Cabinet Details

Traditional cabinets and details are making a comeback. While once hugely popular with homeowners, the traditional look has made a resurgence in a whole new way with many exciting options. Bringing to your home luxury, elegance, and a formal flair, traditional elements offer many opportunities for your Waukesha or Milwaukee home. Some ways to incorporate traditional cabinet details include:

  • Detailed moldings
  • Intricate trim
  • Glass doors
  • Ornate hardware
  • Classic-style cabinets
  • Raised panel cabinet doors 

4. Hidden Pantries & Walk-in Pantries

For the 2023 kitchen, a hidden or walk-in pantry can be your Waukesha kitchen’s “best kept secret”. When planning your kitchen remodel, consider how you plan to organize and store food items. Where will you put baking items? Do you have storage for small appliances that aren’t used everyday, such as a mixer, blender or crockpot? These are all things to consider. 

The good news is you have options! Pantries come in a variety of styles and features. A hidden pantry may blend into adjacent cabinetry. An open pantry right off the kitchen provides easy access to everyday items. Whichever one you choose, this can be a spacious area to keep your food and appliances both accessible and orderly.

5. Warm Neutrals Are In

Ready for some warmth in your Milwaukee kitchen? In 2023, we expect to see more warm neutrals for cabinet and paint colors. As we attempt to return to our “normal” lives and create an enjoyable environment, the trend is a welcoming space with a touch of class. Both light and dark woods such as white oak, hickory, walnut and maple are popular right now in many designs. 

Considered painted cabinets in taupe – a trendy neutral beige. The top paint companies chose warm neutrals for their 2023 colors – Dutch Boy chose greige and Behr chose a creamy white. Sherwin Williams and Dunn Edwards picked shades of earthy pink, clay, blush and beige. 

As the most used room of your house, your kitchen should be cozy and inviting – and this interior design trend of using warm neutral shades will accomplish that!

6. Curves & Rounded Shapes

Curved and rounded design shapes will soon be on the list for many Waukesha homeowners. As one of the top design trends this year, the inclusion of ornate architectural details will take your space to the next level of picture-perfect elegance. Curved items and arched doors add visual interest to any space, removing the harshness of lines and offering a softer, more seamless flow. It will give the entire room a more relaxed feel.

As we head into 2023, you can expect to see rounded shapes everywhere, including:

  • Mirrors 
  • Light fixtures
  • Sofas and chairs
  • Cabinet doors
  • Doors and doorways

7. Plaster & Drywall Simplistic Hoods

Often the centerpiece of the kitchen, the hood you choose will give life to your kitchen. From stainless steel to copper to wood, materials for range hoods have varied over the years, but the latest kitchen trend for range hoods is a simplistic hood made from drywall and plaster. These hoods are often painted the same color as the cabinets or ceiling color. This gives your kitchen a more streamlined look that brings everything together.

Hoods have many benefits beyond the aesthetic, including:

  • Improving air quality
  • Removing excess heat
  • Allowing for easier clean up
  • Providing more light

Choose from many different styles and decide the best location for the hood in your Milwaukee kitchen. From there, the possibilities are virtually endless with this 2023 kitchen design trend.

8. Hardware Is Jewelry 

One simple way to quickly elevate the look of your kitchen is to add unique cabinet hardware, which is kind of like jewelry for your kitchen or bathroom. The most popular finishes includes matte black, gold, brass, chrome and brushed nickel. Dressing up your room with this adornment can change the entire appearance of the space with minimal effort. Hardware can improve both form and function as it is incorporated through:

  • Cup pulls
  • Knobs
  • Handle pulls
  • Hinges
  • And more

Speak to a Kowalske designer about what styles and materials might work best in your home.

9. Technology in the Home

One of the top requests from our clients when undertaking a home remodel is TECHNOLOGY. “Smart” devices can automate tasks and allow remote access. These hubs let you control your:

  • Lighting
  • Temperature
  • Security 
  • Entertainment
  • Sound / Music

Take things up a notch with built-in touchscreen appliances and even voice-controlled smart cabinets. Examples include a touch faucet that is motion activated or voice controlled. A trend we are seeing in the kitchen is apps to control appliances such as cooktops and ovens. For your bathroom, consider heated floors and/or a shower that is controlled via digital thermostat.

10. Biophilic Design 

Bring the outside in! For the past few years, biophilic design has been a top trend that we believe will continue into 2023 and beyond. Many of our clients are looking to find ways to connect with nature by bringing the beauty of the outdoors inside their home. This includes sunlight through windows and skylights. Other design elements include water elements and plants. 

Bringing a touch of nature into your indoor living space has many benefits such as:

  • Enhancing mental well being
  • Improving physical health
  • Reducing stress and fatigue
  • Increasing productivity

As the gathering space of your home, the kitchen is the perfect place to transform with the most calming aspects of the outdoors. However, the same serenity can be added to your bathroom in both subtle and more significant ways.

11. Design For Wellness

In this day and age, we all need our place of peace and serenity. At the top of bathroom trends for the past few years, wellness in design continues to grow in popularity for 2023. Life is stressful and Waukesha homeowners want their bathroom to be a calm, quiet space where they can relax and unwind. Some ways to bring this vision to life are with:

With one or more of these bathroom remodeling ideas, our experts can transform your bathroom into the beautiful haven of your dreams.

12. Family Focused Kitchen

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Finally, we see the trend of a family-focused kitchen growing as we move into 2023. Because this is the hub of the home, the kitchen needs to be a comfortable area. It should have ample seating and open space for spending time with loved ones. This can be accomplished with features like:

  • Cozy seating (such as a breakfast nook)
  • A central island
  • Open floorplan for more interaction
  • Easy-cleaning appliances
  • Scratch-resistant, practical materials
  • A beverage station or coffee nook

When you start on your kitchen remodel, keep this trend in mind because it’s likely here to stay. The kitchen should be inviting and a place where friends, family and guests can feel at home. As a family, we spend most of our time together in the kitchen – prepping for the day and reconvening in the evening. It’s also where we entertain. 

Add the Top Design Trends to YOUR Home

A new year is upon us and with that comes a chance to better ourselves and improve our lives. A major part of that is creating the living space that makes us the most happy and content. As you start to think about the kitchen or bathroom remodel you want, start your wish list now and contact our experts at Kowalske! Schedule an appointment today.

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