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2023 Interior Design Trends New Zealand

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As we enter a new year, it’s exciting to see what 2023 interior design trends will be popular; this year and into the future. For New Zealand, we can expect to see a mix of natural materials, earthy colours, and an emphasis on sustainability. Here are a few specific trends to keep an eye on in 2023.

1. Biophilic Interior design Trend:

Biophilic design is all about bringing nature into the home. It means connecting and working nature into your home. This can be done through the use of natural materials like wood, stone, and plants, as well as incorporating elements like water and light to create a sense of the outdoors. Expect to see a lot of natural wood finishes, such as reclaimed timber and bamboo, as well as plenty of greenery in the form of indoor plants.

Biophilic Interior design Trends New Zealand 2023

2. Not just a 2023 Interior Design Trend – Sustainability:

With an increasing awareness of the importance of reducing our impact on the environment, sustainability will continue to be a major trend in interior design. This means that designers will be looking for ways to use eco-friendly materials and products. As well as incorporating sustainable practices into their designs. This could include the use of low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and adhesives, as well as sourcing materials that have been sustainably harvested. Did you know that Resene has an extensive range of Environmental Choice approved paints? They’ve been independently verified, including no added VOCs and an extensive range of low VOC products. Learn more from the Resene team at the Auckland Home Show.

Sustainability Interior Design Trends 2023

3. Earthy colours:

Earthy colours like terracotta, olive green, and deep browns will be popular this year. These colours are not only beautiful, but they also have a calming effect, making them perfect for creating a relaxing and inviting space. Expect to see these colours paired with natural materials like wood and stone for a cohesive look. It’s not all about dark browns and leafy green. Check out this Earthy / Neutrals inspiration from the Resene team below.

Resene earthy tones interior design trends 2023

4. Textured fabrics:

Textured fabrics like bouclé, corduroy, and velvet will be popular in 2023. These fabrics add depth and interest to a space, and can be used to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. They can be used for upholstery, cushions, and even window treatments for a luxurious feel.  Santa Fe Shutters and Blinds offer an extensive range of window treatments to add texture to any room.

2023 Interior design trends Textured fabrics

5 Vintage and antique elements:

Vintage and antique elements will continue to be popular in 2023 interior design trends, as they add character and personality to a space. Vintage items also tick the sustainability box! This could include vintage lighting fixtures, vintage rugs, and especially vintage furniture pieces. These elements can be used to create a sense of history and warmth in a room, making them perfect for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Equally a juxtaposition incorporating the old with the new to ensure your space is as unique as you and your tastes. 2023 Interior Design Trends Vintage

6 Black elements:

Black elements will be a popular trend for 2023. Black can be used in a variety of ways, from black hardware on cabinetry to black door knobs and handles, black lighting fixtures and even black furniture. Accents in black finishes add a sense of elegance and sophistication to a space. Kaboodle Kitchens have a stunning range of colours and finishes if you’re looking to update your cabinetry. We love this example of how to use black in your kitchen without looking drab or moody.

2023 Interior Design Trends Black elements

7 Natural light:

Natural light will continue to be a key trend in interior design, as it has a positive impact on our mental and physical well-being. Expect to see an emphasis on bringing as much natural light into a space as possible, whether through large windows, skylights, or even light tunnels. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, natural light can also help to reduce energy costs and improve air quality. Chat to the Adlux team about filling your home with natural light.

2023 Interior Design Trends Natural light

8 Comfort and functionality:

Comfort and functionality will continue to be important in interior design, as people want their homes to be comfortable and practical. This means that designers will be looking for ways to create spaces that are both beautiful and functional. Expect to see plenty of comfortable seating options and plenty of storage space to keep things organised and tidy.

Comfort Functionality

9 Personalisation:

Personalisation is becoming more and more important in interior design; because people want their homes to reflect their own personal style and personality. This means that designers will be looking for ways to create spaces that are unique and personalised to each client. Expect to see a lot of custom-designed elements, such as built-in furniture and cabinetry, as well as plenty of thoughtful touches to enhance how spaces are used for multiple purposes.


10 Indoor plants:

Lush leafy greens have always been on trend! But indoor plants are becoming increasingly popular in interior design.  We can expect to see more of them in 2023. You’ll love how they add a sense of life and vitality to a room and can be used to create a natural, relaxing atmosphere. They are also great for purifying the air and adding a sense of balance and harmony to a space. And especially good for adding extra life to smaller floor plans like apartments or tiny homes. 

See these and many more Interior Design Trends for 2023 and beyond, showcased at the April Auckland Home Show. 

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