Be Bold: 7 Furniture Trends for 2023

From eclectic patterns and color to the use of sustainable materials, our Scouted experts from across the country report that this year’s furniture trends are anything but boring. Here, Scouted experts — including Birmingham’s very own Christopher Collections — weigh in on the trends to expect in 2023 and beyond.

It’s (still) time for texture. If you thought the ubiquitous boucle trend was over, you’re mistaken. According to Stephanie Wiott, owner and principal interior designer of Stephanie Wiott Designs in Carmel, Indiana, texture is bigger than ever this year. It’s an excellent way to add dimension to furniture with a more neutral color palette, she explains. Opt for rattanaccent pieces, sumptuous leathers, and cozy boucles when looking to lean into this comfy, tactile trend.

Welcome back wood tones. This classic look took a backseat for the last decade, but now these evergreen, and often antique, pieces are back in vogue. Lauren Robbins, owner of Lauren Robbins Interiors, in Augusta, Georgia, reports that clients have been hesitant to incorporate too much brown or natural wood into their decor, but now is the time to reframe that thinking. It’s time to let those natural wood tones shine. Rather than old and outdated, designers are now cherishing these pieces, thanks to their history and details. Hesitant to dig that Mahogany armoire out of the basement? “You can make a beautiful two-hundred-year-old piece modern by updating the accessories and pieces around it,” she adds.

Consider color. While there is always room for neutrals, Carter Fowler, owner of Fowler Brothers Co. Home and Patio in Chattanooga, Tennessee, explains he’s seeing fun colored furniture incorporated inside (and outside) the home. “Whether you want to try this trend with a jewel-toned leather chair or go all the way with a green velvet couch, fun-colored furniture is on the rise and the perfect complement to an otherwise subdued color palette.”

Let modern and antique furniture mingle. While antiques can’t really be labeled a trend per se, the use of them alongside decidedly modern pieces certainly can be. According to Chris Reebals, owner of Christopher Collection in Homewood, Alabama, the blending of old and new is now being seen in many stylish homes. Reebles suggests selecting antiques like this French Leather Armchair that complement more modern pieces.

Embrace patterns that pop. “Designers and clients alike are seeking more fun, more drama, and more interest when it comes to furniture,” says Joseph Steele III, president of The Shops at Carolina Furniture of Williamsburg, in Williamsburg, Virginia. “It’s lovely to see prints being embraced and not just on throw pillows.” Steele tells us to be on the lookout for all-over patterns adorning sofas, chairs, and beds this year.

Opt for mixed metals. We’ve been mixing metals in jewelry for years, and now is the time to do so in interiors. Freesia Jason, owner of The Nue Look at Home in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, shares her excitement for this move toward a more eclectic look, where a room feels collected and warm with personality, versus perfectly designed with matching everything. Want to try it yourself? This sideboard above is one of Jason’s personal favorite takes on this trend, featuring a classic check pattern, with a mix of brushed brass and wire-brushed bronze

Sustainability is in. Fast, mass-produced furniture is out. Sarah Ries, owner of HOST in Philadelphia and Ardmore, Pennsylvania, confirms that more and more people are opting for artisan-crafted, sustainable furniture. “I’m thrilled sustainability is taking the forefront not just in furniture, but in our culture,” she explains. “Buying sustainable furniture makes a huge impact.” The idea being that by purchasing high-quality furniture, handmade in the U.S., you can cut down on carbon emissions, avoid contributing quickly discarded, low quality pieces to landfills, and feel good about investing in something that is made to last.

Stephanie Wiott Designs in Carmel, Indiana is featured in The Scout Guide Hamilton CountyLauren Robbins Interiors, in Augusta, Georgia, is featured in The Scout Guide AugustaFowler Brothers Co. Home and Patio in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is featured in The Scout Guide ChattanoogaChristopher Collection in Homewood, Alabama, is featured in The Scout Guide BirminghamThe Shops at Carolina Furniture of Williamsburg, in Williamsburg, Virginia, is featured in The Scout Guide WilliamsburgThe Nue Look at Home in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, is featured in The Scout Guide Pittsburgh.

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