5 Home Design Trends Winding Down in 2023


 While some interior design trends can be dismissed as passing fads with no practical purpose (think open shelves, vessel sinks or unlacquered brass), other trends are rooted in a desire to change the way we use our spaces and bring more value to our lives.  

Each year, Masonite commissions proprietary trend research that informs our creation of new solutions that provide more comfort, convenience, safety and style for homeowners. Our forecasters track macro-trends over time to understand how the world is changing and how design should shift to accommodate those changes. According to our trend experts, here are the most significant changes in home interior design in 2023 and beyond.

5 Home Design Trends Winding Down in 2023 (& What’s on the Rise)

1. Feature Walls
red feature wall in a living room

Feature walls (also called “accent walls”) are the practice of painting three walls of a room neutral and one in a bolder shade. This design treatment became popular in the early 2000s because it allowed homeowners to experiment with color without fully committing. But now that social platforms like Instagram and TikTok have made homeowners more design-savvy, feature walls look just like that—experiments.

Classic office with pink walls featuring pink three-panel hidden door and white ceiling

Today, design elements that integrate with the architectural features of a home are steadily replacing accent walls. For instance, matching an intricate wallpaper to the print of your upholstery or decorative wainscoting with doors that seem to disappear right into the walls. These features help make every aspect of a space look connected, intentional and thus instantly elevated.

2. Grayed Wood Tones
outdated gray kitchen floor and cabinets

For decades, gray has been one of the most popular choices for interior color palettes, largely due to its versatility. Gray is a neutral tone, so it coordinates perfectly with practically any other shade. However, due to overuse over the last decade, cool-toned gray wood (most typically used in flooring and cabinets) is starting to look cold and generic.  

neutral bedroom with oatmeal-colored walls, warm wood floors and beige two-panel door

Gray is still very much a part of interior color schemes—but used sparingly and as a stone accent rather than wood. And, the warmer, the better: warm-toned gray paints and warm wood species like white oak are a cozy, welcome upgrade to the cookie-cutter grayed wood tones of yesteryear.

3. Minimalism 
outdated, all-white modern minimalist bathroom

When the world had to spend more time at home during the pandemic, homeowners began to realize that the bare necessities just weren’t enough. The whole idea behind minimalism is that everything in the home should have a place and serve a purpose—but sometimes, that purpose can simply be your own happiness. If you like a unique piece of art or a quirky end table, it should have a place in your home.

colorful maximalist bathroom with pink three-panel Masonite Livingston door

As such, terms like “cluttercore,” “cottagecore” and “Barbiecore” began to trend on Instagram and TikTok as designers and influencers began introducing their own niche variations of maximalism. While these may be extreme, elements of each are now being used to dress up stark spaces. Think bold colors, vibrant prints and opulent furnishings. As the trend continues to grow, maximalist elements are progressing beyond décor and being incorporated into home renovation projects. Cabinets with ribbed or fluted details and doors with intricate panel designs like the Masonite Livingston interior molded door are becoming more popular.

4. Rustic Barn Doors 

shabby chic bedroom with rustic barn door

Barn doors rose to prominence in the early 2010s as a unique feature of farmhouse-inspired homes. As the farmhouse trend has evolved, “shabby chic” styles have faded away in favor of a more sleek, modern look. So, what does this mean for barn doors?

modern bedroom with 6-lite sliding barn door leading to master bathroom

Barn doors will never go completely out of style because they provide a solution for tight spots where a traditional swing door won’t work. They’re a popular option for master bathrooms, closets, pantries and flexible-use spaces.

Today’s homeowners are simply pivoting away from rustic barn doors (like those made from knotty alder or shiplap) and opting instead for more contemporary options. Masonite Barn Door Kits with hardware are available in a variety of designs to complement any home, including modern panel designs that are perfect for painting or glass lites to help improve the flow of natural light. The kits include everything you need to transform a room in about 90 minutes.

5. Light Neutral Palettes

all white outdated modern minimalist kitchen

All-white, clinical interiors are becoming less popular, especially in a post-pandemic world. Warm neutrals and palettes with depth are replacing white-on-white color schemes because they make homes feel cozier, more sophisticated and custom.  

contemporary kitchen with warm dark neutrals and sliding barn door

With wall paint, trim, doors and furnishings, basic white is being replaced with warm, earthy shades such as walnut, sage and charcoal. Cabinets and floors are also moving toward dramatic dark wood tones that give a room character.  

Masonite offers a suite of complementary interior and exterior doors for the whole home in a variety of styles and materials. To stay on top of current design trends, subscribe to our blog for the latest updates.

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