Anti-trends in interior design – 2023: minimalism, ecology, clean style

We tell you what decisions in the repair of apartments, the choice of furniture and decoration will become a thing this year.

Fashion trends in interior design change frequently, so sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with them. Together with the designers, we figure out which styles in decoration and furniture should be abandoned so that your renovation does not look outdated in the coming years.

Soulless and sterile spaces

In 2023, minimalist interiors “without a soul” will become a thing of the past, the designers unanimously say. “It is worth avoiding cold monochrome interiors – completely in white, gray, or black, including options with one bright accent – should be avoided. Today, everyone is striving to bring warmth to their interiors, so after the pandemic, there was a need for energy and warmth of the hearth,” comments Vladimir Berezin, founder of the Berezin Interiors interior design studio.

Clean repairs without visual intrigue are also becoming a thing of the past – the widespread use of perfectly smooth and even surfaces causes discouragement, the expert says. According to him, the combination of uneven rough surfaces with smooth ones is in trend, it can be open-pore travertine or textured decorative plaster.

Uniform style and ultra-modernity

The idea of ​​pure style in interiors has also become obsolete, the designers say. Talking about hi-tech, Provence, loft, various types of Scandinavian style, Japanese minimalism, etc. now makes no sense, says the architect, founder of the Le Atelier bureau Sergey Kolchin. When making an interior, one should not recreate the style according to the canons, but work with the feeling, mood, and impression, using individual techniques.

The expert emphasizes that one should not blindly copy various solutions that are replicated and presented as classic methods that work flawlessly. “Mirrors that visually enlarge the space, vertical stripes that increase the ceiling, horizontal stripes that make the room wider, a black ceiling that presses and makes the room lower – these are all life hacks and tricks from interior express courses that are absolute horror. The task of design is not to change spatial impressions, but to make space meaningful,” comments Kolchin.

Interiors overloaded with trends and equipped only with modern designer items are also becoming a thing of the past, now it is bad manners, emphasizes the founder of the Le Atelier bureau. Next year, according to him, interior elements that refer to memory, history, and craft will be relevant. An example is the placement of iconic pieces of vintage furniture from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in the interior.

Loft partitions and eco-elements

Popular for several years, the method of zoning space with the help of wooden slats and loft partitions was so widespread that it could frankly annoy everyone, says Polina Lontani, a teacher at the British Higher School of Design, head of the Buroff architectural project. More relevant in the near future will be options for visual zoning of spaces with the help of furniture, textiles, and decor. Partitions are better to choose from frosted or corrugated glass, fabric, or unusual metal, the designer notes.

Eco-elements in decoration are also becoming a thing of the past. “It is wrong to call visual solutions such as phytowalls, pieces of wood on the walls, and linen on the windows as ecodesign, all this is pseudo-ecodesign. Real ecodesign obliges us to think about waste, recycling, carbon footprint, packaging, material consumption, number of car trips, recycling, waste sorting, and so on – in a word, about everything that can really help save the planet, ”says Sergey Kolchin.


Velour upholstery in combination with wooden slats is also a thing of the past. For several years, this classic pair was considered almost a must-have in the interior, but in the near future, it is threatened with oblivion. “Velor sofas or chairs will look like a very outdated choice as early as 2023. An interesting variant of bouclé fabric with a cozy, lamb-like effect is becoming an actual alternative to velour,” notes Polina Lontani.

The fact that valour is no longer relevant, says Sergey Kolchin from Le Atelier. According to him, boucle will also go out of fashion in the foreseeable future, so it is no longer worth choosing this material for long-term interior solutions.

Small tiles and different floors

For several years in a row, ceramic flooring has remained popular – chamfered “brick” tiles, hexagonal tiles or classic square tiles, as well as mosaics with contrasting grout. Now these options are becoming a thing of the past, large-format ceramics are becoming more and more popular. “For some manufacturers, the dimensions of porcelain stoneware reach about 4 m, and the lining of the floor or walls in the interior with formats from 90 cm in length-width and more is becoming more and more common. I think we will observe the development of this trend in the interior in 2023 and small-format tiles will increasingly look out of date,” comments Polina Lontani.

Different floor coverings in the premises is another anti-trend of the coming year. “For some time now, there has been a growing trend to use different floor coverings in different rooms only in case of functional necessity. For example, wooden flooring materials in living rooms and ceramic tiles or natural stone in wet areas – bathrooms, kitchens. However, we are already seeing attempts by designers, even in these cases, to choose the same material for the floors, ”said the designer.

Texture and imitation

Another anti-trend of the next year is the imitation of natural materials. “For example, porcelain stoneware imitating marble, or wood and any other materials with imitation. Choose natural surfaces,” advises Vladimir Berezin.

Wood with a pronounced texture is also becoming a thing of the past. “Gone are the days when bright contrasting textures of wood species were considered a sign of a respectable interior. In the near future, the more calm, monochromatic the wood, the more relevant the interior,” notes Polina Lontani.

Shower cabin and tray

For many years there was a legal ban on the installation of shower drains in residential buildings. Therefore, magazine examples of bathrooms, where the shower area was located at floor level and was made of the same material, could only be realized outside the city.

Bad light and tracks

In a modern interior, well-built light is extremely important, the designers say. “Excessive light, cold light, dim light, one chandelier – all these are mistakes, and their list is far from complete. Light is a subject of a separate design, it is almost impossible to just guess with it, and mistakes can turn into disturbed biorhythms, bad mood, blurred vision, and simply an ugly interior. At the same time, light is an incredibly powerful tool that can itself become the main thing in the interior, set the mood, and stretch the entire design,” Sergey Kolchin comments.

Track lights are also becoming a thing of the past, says Polina Lantani. “It seemed that the overhead track was much more convenient: you don’t need to lower the ceiling to embed light, and tilt-and-turn luminaires can be used to illuminate different areas. But in practice, it quickly became clear that track lighting is relevant only in exhibition spaces and shops – premises where a periodic change of more lit and less lit areas is necessary. And in residential interiors, this is a meaningless type of lamp that creates additional visual noise with an excess of details, ”explains the head of Buroff.

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