Whilst decorating trends are about looking forward, in 2023 we will be taking a nostalgic dip into our design past – this is according to the experts sharing their predictions for the biggest bedroom trends of 2023.
Georgia Metcalfe, founder of luxury bedroom specialists French Bedroom, has shared her insight on the next big thing in bedroom design, from a fresh take on florals, to the return of nostalgic design motifs and the colour combinations influencing our design decisions.
‘In 2023, bedroom design will be centred around the idea of creating a beautiful safe haven that is packed full of personality, after living in a dull world of instability for the past year,’ says Georgia. ‘Influenced heavily by vintage references, we can expect to be breathing new life into old bedrooms through statement patterned furniture, colour drenching, floral motifs, calming colour palettes, scalloped edges and check and stripe designs.’
Below, Georgia shares her advice on how to introduce 2023’s biggest bedroom trends into your home.
1. Modern florals
Floral prints will always be popular in some form, and in 2023 they will be used throughout the bedroom, covering upholstery and wallpaper in bright colours like canary yellow.
‘We’re seeing great popularity in rich floral prints that will continue into next year with vibrant blue, green, pink and yellow designs against crisp white backdrops,’ says Georgia. ‘Contemporary floral patterns tend to be illustrated with larger flowers such as gerberas, hydrangeas, and poppies for a striking style.’
2. The feature headboard
Forgo a feature wall or feature ceiling light, and instead draw focus to your bed with a striking headboard design.
‘Patterned upholstered beds are a great way to bring personality into the bedroom, so it’s no surprise that they are set to be big in 2023 as people aspire to create the ideal sanctuary for them,’ says Georgia. ‘To incorporate in your own room, consider working against a neutral colour palette to let the pattern speak for itself. For a more eclectic approach, take the pattern and run with it! Mirror the headboard through similarly styled rugs, bedspreads and cushions.’
3. Scalloped edges
Nostaligic design references will appear throughout our homes in 2023 – we’re seeing low-slung 70’s style sofas, rattan used in abundance in home accessories, and sweet vintage accents like pantries and breakfast bars return to our kitchens. In the bedroom, nostalgic trims and scalloped edges adorn soft furnishings and accessories.
‘Reminiscent of the vintage glamour in 1920s America, scallop trim has become increasingly popular, especially when it comes to soft furnishings like bed linen and pillows. Next year we expect to see more of this trend but with a modern twist of exaggerated and oversized scalloped cuts.’
4. Calming colour palettes
Over on Instagram, more than five million posts promote #slowliving, a lifestyle trend that denotes mindfulness and considered consumption. In interiors, this translates to the creation of peaceful sanctuaries, heavily influenced by the natural world – the perfect approach to bedroom design.
‘We are starting to see a lot of pale blue emerging and the demand for every shade of green is expected to remain next year,’ says Georgia. ‘Tap into aesthetics that welcome the outdoors in to bring palettes to life through subtle beachy motifs of blue and white colourways, houseplants, and wicker and rattan furniture for a well-rounded look.’
5. Checks and stripes
More nostalgic design motifs, this time in the form of checks and stripes – who can forget the viral John Lewis gingham cushion that repeatedly sold out in 2022. Checks and stripes will both lean towards bold and colourful in 2023 – this is not a return to classic plaids, but rather wide stripes and chunky checks in playful vintage colours.
Georgia explains: ‘We have seen a lot of check and stripe pattern work over the past year, particularly in the fashion space. In 2023 we expect a huge re-birth of both patterns within the homeware space, and a real focus on clashing bright colourways in a more playful maximalist approach to interior design.’
6. Colour drenching
For those averse to the simple and modest palette promoted by #slowliving, colour drenching will be a welcome trend.
‘Fully immerse yourself in the stylish soothing shades of 2023 by seamlessly colour drenching walls, ceiling to floor. This can also make a bedroom appear bigger as the cohesive paint technique results in walls looking never-ending. Therefore, this is a great trend to consider when re-vamping smaller rooms in particular.’