Design Trends for 2023
Written by Y2 Designbuild
As we step into the new year, it’s evident that both enduring design trends and emerging preferences are shaping the world of renovation and interior design. Let’s explore some of the noteworthy trends that are making waves, particularly in the DMV area (D.C., Maryland, Virginia), with a keen focus on how they’re transforming homes. Flooring Evolution: In many DMV homes, the prevailing flooring style consists of natural-stained 2-1/4” red oak. This classic choice still has a strong presence, with homeowners opting to preserve existing hardwood floors and seamlessly integrating matching hardwood into their kitchens. The key transformation comes in the form of sanding and refinishing these floors with a matte or satin warm walnut-brown stain. This approach offers a sense of cohesion throughout the home, eliminating the patchwork of various flooring materials like tile, linoleum, or laminate. The result? Kitchens and Great Rooms become beautifully interconnected. For those with a more flexible budget, the desire for wider plank white oak hardwood is gaining momentum. Meanwhile, for those seeking cost-effective solutions, durable Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is no longer confined to basements; it’s finding its way onto main levels, often in cooler grey or brown tones. An interesting shift in color preferences is the decline in orangey tones (akin to golden oak), less use of dark ebony, and a departure from high-gloss finishes. Bathroom Elegance: In bathrooms, elongated plank tiles and 12×24 tiles remain popular, especially those resembling Calacatta marble patterns. However, there’s a growing fascination with square encaustic tiles featuring repeating patterns. These tiles aren’t limited to floors; they’re also finding their place on shower walls and kitchen backsplashes. Additionally, 6×6 hexagonal tiles, whether patterned or in solid colors, are gaining traction.