10 apartment design trends in 2023

We have collected all the trends in the design of apartments: from trendy colors to current materials and general design trends.

1. Japandi

This word denotes a trendy branch of minimalism – a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian styles (Japanese + Scandinavian). A few years ago, the ideas of the West and the East unexpectedly met in a new direction that combined Japanese respect for nature and Scandinavian practicality.

It is likely that Japanese-Nordic minimalism will be increasingly found in trendy apartment interiors, photos of which can be seen below, as it meets all the global trends of 2023. Among them are conscious consumption, connection with nature, the use of natural materials, and moderation in everything.

Character traits

  • The use of rough, “raw” textures (imperfection of the material as a trace of time, not a flaw).
  • Natural palette.
  • A large amount of natural light is achieved due to the minimum of textiles on the windows, open spaces, and partitions that allow light to pass through.
  • Environmental friendliness.
  • Ergonomics and functionality.
  • Thoughtful storage.

2. Home office

The pandemic has turned our idea of ​​work upside down: some, having gone remote, have remained in home office mode, and many companies have switched to a hybrid work format. Yes, and previous experience made it clear: at any moment, the world can expect a new lockdown, and with it the prospect of returning to a laptop at the kitchen table.

Equipped workplace in the house is a real must-have from 2020, and in 2023 this trend will not go anywhere. This is taken into account by both designers and developers. Even if the area of ​​housing is small, you can allocate a corner for comfortable work on it. 

Within this trend, there are several directions.

  • Multifunctional transforming furniture is the best, and sometimes the only solution for single rooms and studios.
  • Proper zoning – screens, partitions, and screens will help you retire and work without being distracted by anything.
  • An office on the loggia is another option for small apartments.
  • Rational use of space – for example, more and more often a mini-office is organized by the window, using the windowsill as the basis for the desktop.

3. Smooth lines

Rigid rectangular shapes gradually give way to smooth streamlined lines. Within the interior, everything softens: the design of the living room is dominated by half-moon sofas, in the kitchen – round dining tables and chairs with rounded backs. For the bedroom, beds with a soft base are increasingly being chosen, which, even while maintaining a rectangular shape, look softer.

This trend is associated with the return of the fashion of the 1950s and 70s, so if you don’t like modern trends in their purest form, you can safely add objects of that era to the decor: round bubble lamps as an accent on the ceiling, armchairs, and sofas with velvet upholstered, bright and cheerful decor. All this is perfectly combined with high-quality eco-friendly finishes and pronounced textures.

4. Spa style bathroom

Another post-COVID trend emerged as a result of rethinking the role of the home. At a time when fitness rooms and beauty salons were closed, all beauty procedures had to be moved home. And, as it turned out, it is absolutely possible to arrange a mini-spa at home.

To do this, it is not necessary to have a private house and a large bathroom. Even within a city apartment, you can add elements of wellness to the bathroom. The following steps will help with this.

  • Pleasant to the touch textures – wood, marble, linen, and cotton.
  • Thoughtful lighting – create multiple lighting scenarios, from bright overhead light to soft subdued lighting that will help you relax.
  • Fill the room with pleasant aromas, place your favorite cosmetics and candles on the shelves, and use an incense diffuser during water procedures.
  • Zone the space. Even in a small area, with the help of finishes, palettes, and different textures, you can visually and tactilely highlight a utility block, a relaxation area, etc.


In the color field, you can also highlight several fashion trends in the interior.

1. Basic

A discreet palette consisting of basic colors will remain relevant: black and white; all shades of gray; beige; brown variations.

You can play with them, combining them in different proportions and not being afraid to make a mistake – they all go well with each other and are suitable for any room: from the bedroom to the hallway. So that such a range does not look boring and flat, it can be diluted with 1-2 brighter tones – to place accents with their help, highlight zones or emphasize certain elements.

Also, the volume of the monochrome palette is given by pronounced lines and a variety of textures, of which there must be several. A contrasting combination of rough and soft materials, pronounced relief, and smooth surfaces is welcome. Examples are in the photo below.

2. Sunshine

If earlier yellow in the interior caused concern for many, then in the last year its popularity has grown dramatically. And it makes perfect sense: the pandemic has highlighted the need for vitamin D in every sense, and you can get it not only from supplements. Letting the sun into the room is important for feeling cozy and safe. We spend more and more time in the walls of the apartment, so the space should cause joy and give energy. And warm yellow is perfect for this role.

Based on the reports of such big players as Pantone and Coloro, you can take a closer look at the following fashionable tones.

  • The warm shade of butter.
  • Yellow-orange mango sorbet.
  • Narcissus (14-0850 Daffodil in the Pantone palette).
  • Straw.
  • Dusted ocher.

3. Mineral shades

The previous points indicate the dominance of warm colors, but it is not necessary to abandon the cold palette – take a closer look at the minerals. In the design of the apartment, as in the photo below, you can use their natural cold colors: quartz, malachite, deep blue, sapphire, and graphite gray. 

Additionally, they will open up to the active textures of stone, wood, marble, clay, or ceramics. Since the colors are cold, it is better to use them in doses. As the main element of the palette (for example, for wall decoration, kitchen set, etc.), they should be used in a room with large windows, where there is enough sunlight. If there is little natural light and the room is small, it is better to use a neutral color with a warm undertone for the base.


And now let’s have a look at what materials to pay attention to if the plans are to repair the apartment (photo designs below).

1. Stone and wood

The use of durable natural materials is a long-term trend that embodies the philosophy of sustainable development. If 5-10 years ago the main competitive advantage was the price, now environmental friendliness, production quality, and material characteristics are much more important.

Due to constant stress and not the best environmental situation at home, we want to surround ourselves with comfort and at least get a little closer to nature. Therefore, on the top, there are and will be noble materials: wood, stone, and marble.

They are used both in decoration and in furniture or decor. Moreover, it is possible and necessary to combine them with each other. So, for example, in the kitchen – install wooden cabinets with a work surface made of stone or marble. In the bathroom – combine marble finishes, a stone sink, and furniture facades made of moisture-resistant wood. The use of these materials largely dictates the color scheme: calm, deep, built on the contrast of warm and cold shades.

2. New technologies

6-7 years ago there was a real boom in 3D printing: the first innovative accessories appeared at exhibitions, then furniture. Children begged their parents for portable 3D pens, and designers continued to explore the possibilities of the new technology. But over time, the excitement subsided, and the trend cooled down, but, judging by the European interior exhibitions of this year, it plans to return in the near future. 

The current 3D printing has “matured”: the first experiments and interior fast food have been replaced by elegant and stylish products. With the help of 3D printing today, furniture, partitions, ceiling lamps, and ceramics are produced, which cannot be visually distinguished from Murano glass.

And most importantly, this trend is organically intertwined with the idea of ​​conscious consumption, which is coming to the fore today. Many studios and artists use zero-waste technologies for their work: furniture and decor are made from plastic or wood waste according to the principle of recycling. 

So far, this technology is relatively expensive and not the most common, but in the coming years, 3D products will definitely penetrate our homes. You can start small – for example, with original planters, accessories, vases, or lampshades for lamps.

3. Textured glass

Glass decorates any interior: it makes it airier, more elegant, and graceful. Despite the fragility, this material is increasingly used in the design of housing in a variety of ways.

In the coming year, pay attention to textured glass: ribbed, frosted, convex, stained glass, etc. It can be used in the following ways.

  • In the decoration – frosted glass blocks look original and stylish, which can replace part of the wall or be used as a partition.
  • In the design of the bathroom – replace the usual transparent shower screen with beautiful frosted or ribbed glass.
  • In the decor – vases, candlesticks, and dishes made of transparent or colored textured glass will decorate the room, and handmade piece items will also be in fashion.

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