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Isabella Janke is a real estate professional and a consultant in interior design. With her experience in buying and selling homes, Isabella Loretta Janke has seen it all when it comes to living spaces and home décor. Isabella Janke knows what sells and is mindful of the colors and design features that home buyers want. In the following article, she gives insight into the up-and-coming interior design trends for 2023.
Clothes aren’t the only ways that people have expressed their fashion and personal aesthetic. Arguably, there’s more care put into the stylings and furnishings of a home than there is when a person picks out their outfit for the day according to Isabella Janke.
The home is an extension of the inner self: is someone cool and collected or are they on the eclectic side? Do they value conversation or is it clear that their space is sacred? All of these questions can be answered upon walking into someone’s home – but, like fashion, interior designs change on a trend-by-trend basis.
In 2023, the tides are changing yet again for what is deemed to be a “stylish” home. With finishings from days old and new entering the game, these trends make for a space both modern and livable.
Though tones of the renaissance era were initially thought to date a home, it seems that the interior design world has found a way to reintroduce some stylings from this deeply ornate period that add an air of luxury to the living space without being overbearing says Isabella Janke.
The key is to add an essence of the era to the home, without necessarily making the space renaissance themed. Isabella Janke says this can be achieved through the introduction of classic additions that defined the era: such as arches, specific textures, and the like.
Finding a compositional center to each room, and mirroring the room with matching couches, lamps, symmetrical carpet, etc., is a design feature true to the era- and something that can be done with pieces and color schemes completely out of the renaissance realm.
Arches, rather than rectangular doorways, may be a tougher project for some to achieve, but those looking to soften the entryways of the room may find it a project worth undertaking explains Isabella Janke. For those renting homes, cutting arches out of peel-and-stick wallpaper, and placing it on blank walls can mimic the feel, just without the hardware.
The use of texture is important and can truly add harmony and balance to a room. The renaissance era was one of luxury, so adding velvet finishes, plaster-based pots and vases, as well as silks, can give a living space personality with still honoring the inspired time period.
Isabella Loretta Janke says that with the 70s fashion trend taking over the style world, it’s only timely for interior design to follow suit. The trick lies in the approach. People shouldn’t look to their grandparents’ home as design inspiration, but rather movies that almost make a caricature of the era: Austin Powers and the like.
The key is to lean into the eclectic tone of the era- through the smart use of colors, textures, and of course, patterns. This isn’t a trend for the minimalists, as it’s all about being as bright and bold as possible. Buying statement pieces (even some that clash) is key.
Round couches mimic the 70s conversation pit, allowing guests to have clear views of one another post-dinner-party. This piece of furniture is the central focus of the room, and should be a bright and bold color, as well as being suede or corduroy (never leather!) explains Isabella Loretta Janke.
As for the color scheme, warm-toned shades work in harmony with the style of the pieces. Oranges, browns, and muted yellows are especially popular, though forest greens are also common choices. As for patterns, chevron, stripes, and polka dots are top-tier choices for throw pillows and accent blankets.
Homeowners can honor the land their home is planted on by keeping things simple with a nature-inspired home. Though minimalist homes have been in fairly consistent popularity in recent years, this interior design trend isn’t about having the least amount of furniture possible- but being mindful of what furniture is chosen.
Isabella Janke says that this includes bamboo baskets, organic cottons, and as many ethically sourced pieces one can get their hands on. These pieces not only last long and look great, but they’re better for the environment- making a statement against mass-produced furniture lines and pieces that may have been manufactured unethically.
Though some people keep their color scheme minimal with whites and creams, another popular choice for this style trend is by paying tribute to the Earth and sky with terracotta-toned pieces paired with sky blue shades. This can be achieved through rugs, figurines, throws, and more (maybe even an accent wall!).
Of course, Isabella Janke explains that a house that exudes love for the planet wouldn’t be complete without an array of house plants. Thankfully, there are tons of low-attention plants out there for the busy homeowner. With this trend, the more plants, the better- some of the most popular choices being Silver Dragons, the Parlour Palm, and the Cast-Iron Plant.