Design Dossier: What's in for 2023

Design Dossier: What's in for 2023

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Our Huff Harrington designers (Trudy, Heather and Wren) recently gave a presentation to a lovely group of Atlanta realtors where they chatted about 2023 trends and what's hot/what's not. 

In a nutshell, we always believe that designing and decorating with your own personal style is the way to go, but trends sure do make for a fun conversation.

What's in? A few of our faves include: moody hues and earth tones; intimate, dedicated rooms; the return of the dining room; and, of course, surrounding yourself with meaningful objects and decor that resonate with you personally. 

Check out some of our favorite ins from some recent Huff Harrington Design projects:

Moody hues and earth tones: keeping the palette soft, warm and earthy makes for a serene and cohesive interior.

The Huff Harrington designers pulled a soothing mix of soft neutrals and muted pillows that all look so chic here.

For an Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse, our room was a harmony of muted saffron, cream and navy - with a crusty antique or two for some visual and textural interest. (We also papered the ceiling in a graphic design from Serena Dugan and Fritz Porter.)


Closed floorplans with intimate, dedicated spaces: after years of wide-open floorplans and multi-purpose rooms, we're seeing a return to dedicated spaces that feel intimate and cozy.

This charming bungalow got a new intimate gathering space that feels cozy and inviting.

At the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Home for the Holidays 2022 showhouse, we created a chic study and sitting room with a mix of antiques, clean-lined seating and a tone-on-tone animal print wallpaper from Thibaut.

The return of the dining room

We love this happy, exuberant dining room for so many reasons: one, it's a lovely, dedicated space. Second, we can never get enough wallpaper (this is a gorgeous grasscloth from Schumacher). And third, the happy fabric on the chairs (also Schumacher) and the saturated blue carpet (vintage) is just a marriage made in heaven.  This was a fun project for a young family.

This darling dining room checks all the boxes for us: we used a variety of seating to mix things up, contemporary lighting, plenty of light-reflecting mirror and Schumacher wallpaper. 

Designing with meaningful items

We wouldn't necessarily call this one a trend because it just makes sense that you'd want to surround yourself with decorative items that have meaning.  For us, pieces we can't live without include original art and books (books of all sorts, from supremely readable novels to gorgeous coffee table books).  

Original art, especially the crusty old portraits we pick up on our travels in France, is one element of design we'll never, ever give up.

Our advice: mix up your art - and always buy what you love.

For this project at the Four Seasons Atlanta, we paired a classic but clean-lined caramel leather sofa with a dramatic abstract. 

 Art has a place everywhere in the home, even a sleek master bathroom.

Speaking of meaningful, we can't live without an antique or two in our spaces. They add a certain gravitas to a space that simply cannot be replicated.

The Atlanta Four Seasons project: a honey-hued "sauteuse" commode, a fab 19th century mirror, shapely accessories and a sassy little ottoman make for a curated little vignette.

In a Paris apartment, we combined a sleek sofa, a smattering of meaningful antiques, a 1970s brass and glass console and dramatic abstract art. 

What's the moral of the story here? We say: surround yourself with items that you love and that tell your story. Don't pay too much attention to the trends and have fun with your spaces.

You'll end up with a home you'll  never want to leave.




 What's out

Now, what about trends that are on their way out? A few we're happy to say au revoir to: all gray interiors (hello, fresh paint!), "fast" furniture that won't last a season or two, much less a lifetime and mass-produced art.  



Sterile, cold kitchens

All gray interiors

Fast furniture

Mass-produced art



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