Distracting design trends of 2023
Text: Aashita Chadha, Co-Founder, The KariGhars, Bengaluru
As interior design trends continue to evolve, one must strive to maintain a fresh and contemporary home. However, some trends are a distraction, and one must make informed decisions about how they decorate their spaces. Although it’s easy to be influenced by upcoming trends, they must note that not all styles are equally beneficial. By understanding which concepts are more distracting than functional, users can avoid expensive errors and create visually pleasing and comfortable spaces.
Highlighting these trends also reminds one that good design goes beyond following the latest trends; it’s about creating spaces that serve a specific purpose, meet user requirements, and promote productivity, relaxation, and well-being.
- Busy wallpaper
Wallpaper adds depth and texture to a room, but be careful not to go overboard with busy patterns. Opt for subtle prints or solid colors to create a peaceful environment. Intricate wallpaper is distracting and creates a cluttered look, making it hard to focus on the rest of the design.
- Too many statement pieces
Statement pieces, such as a bold-colored couch or a unique light fixture, are great conversation starters and add interest to a room. However, excessive statement pieces overwhelm a space and detract from the overall aesthetic. Stick to one or two statement pieces per room to keep the focus on the design as a whole.
- Neon colors
While neon colors can be fun and trendy, they can also make a room chaotic. If you want to incorporate bright accents into your design, opt for neutral tones in the background. Options include pastels or jewel tones to create a cohesive and calming environment.
- Cluttered shelves
Shelves are a great way to display your favorite items, but it’s important not to overcrowd them. Too many items on a shelf can create a cluttered and overwhelming look, making it difficult to appreciate each individual piece. Stick to a few key items and space them out evenly to create a balanced and inviting look.
- Industrial chic
The chic industrial trend has been popular for several years, but it’s time to move on. While exposed brick and metal accents can add an edgy touch to a room; it’s easy to overdo it and create a cold and uninviting space. Instead, try incorporating more natural materials, such as wood and plants to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
- False finishes
Though faux marble or faux wood seems cost-effective and convenient, they can also appear cheap and tacky. Instead, invest in long-lasting quality materials and finishes that add value to your home.