Over the past few years the focus of Ocala home decor has changed. Many of us have spent more time than usual in our “castles”. Therefore, we have learned to appreciate the personal design touches that make a house cozy and comfortable. As a result, many of us have adapted our dwellings to our needs in new ways. For example, some have created functional home offices that make working at home more efficient and enjoyable. Others have created dream chef’s kitchens with upgraded appliances suitable for creating haute cuisine at home.
But when considering creating your dream living environment, you would also be wise to consider its long-term impact. Your renovations may materially effect your home’s value. While by choosing unique fixtures and finishes you may be creating the perfect environment for yourself and your family, you may also be making your home more difficult to sell. If you choose a theme that is too unique and radical, future homebuyers may find it difficult to envision themselves living in the spaces you have created. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home anytime soon, investing in design choices that are likely to stand the test of time may be the wiser decision over the long term.
Here we present six trends that are likely to influence interior design in 2023, and thoughts about how you may incorporate them into your home. Of course, before committing to major renovations, you would always be wise to seek the advice of a real estate professional. Do so because what you learn may help you to focus on projects that best translate to value when you do decide to sell.
1. Ocala Home Decor: Moving Away From The Great Room Concept In 2023
For years, home design has been dominated by open-concept floor plans. Kitchen, dining, and living areas seemed to blend into one grand living space. However, as the pandemic forced families to work and study from home, many struggled to find the privacy and separation they needed. As a result, designers report that more families are choosing to bring back kitchen and dining room walls to break up space and create smaller, quieter areas.1
That doesn’t mean that we are returning to an era of dark, cramped spaces, however. Even as walls make a return, designers are expected to continue to prioritize retaining a sense of flow, openness and bright, natural lighting within living areas.
So how do you create an ideal living environment in your home? If you are buying or building, consider how you will use spaces. Then evaluate whether a more or less open floor plan will suit your needs best. On the other hand, if you already have an open floor plan and you have no interest in moving at this time, consider what simple design changes can create the more functional spaces you may desire. While adding strategically placed walls may be an option, it need not necessarily be the wisest and most functional one. For example, rearranging furniture and strategically placing bookcases and room dividers to create private spaces may be a functional alternative. Additionally, you may use rugs, drapes and soft furniture to absorb sound and create the cozy, quiet areas you seek.
2. Nature-Inspired Design Defines Ocala Home Decor Today
In the past few years, we’ve seen the “biophilia” trend explode, and there are no signs that it will be any less popular in 2023.2 This trend is all about bringing the outside in by adding natural touches throughout your home.
This year, design experts predict that natural, sustainable materials like bamboo, cork, and live-edge wood will lend character without being overwhelming. Wooden kitchen cabinets and islands will become more common in 2023, with white oak and walnut among the most popular choices.3,4 Wood will also appear in bathroom vanities, shelving and furniture throughout the home.
Colors inspired by nature, mossy greens and desert tones for example, will play into this trend and blend seamlessly with wood tones. We will also see a return to natural stone counter materials like quartzite, marble, dark granite, and soapstone.4,5
If you are planning to add new shelving or redo your kitchen, consider incorporating these materials to embrace the biophilic look. On the other hand, you may choose to add elements of the trend less expensively by painting select rooms in nature-inspired colors and incorporating more household plants into your interior design.
3. Lighting as a Design Feature Of Ocala Home Decor
Spending more time at home has shown us the importance of having the right lighting for specific tasks and times of the day. As a result, many homeowners are reconsidering the ways they light their homes and using lighting fixtures to change the usability and mood of their spaces.5
In particular, homeowners are rejecting bright, flat overhead lighting and replacing it with lamps and task-specific options. Many choose a layered approach to lighting. For example, they may combine under-cabinet, task, and ambient lighting in a kitchen to have the flexibility to change brightness to reflect a time of day, task at hand or desired mood.
In 2023, we expect to see more statement chandeliers, pendants, and wall sconces in a variety of shapes and materials.6 Thinking about using lighting to change the ambiance in your home? Then start by adding floor or table lamps and new mood fixtures before you invest in major renovations. Next, live with your new selections for a few days to see whether they deliver desired effects as the light in your home changes throughout the day. As you absorb what you learn, you will be in better position to make long term decisions that will you will be happy with.
4. More Vibrant Color Palettes
After the long dominance of whites and grays, more vibrant colors are coming back as a way to add character and dimension to homes.
This year, warm and earthy neutrals, jewel tones, and shades of red and pink are particularly popular.7,8 If you prefer more subtle colors, consider options like light, calming greens, blues, and pastels.
Major paint brands have responded to these homeowner preferences with their newest releases. Benjamin Moore’s 2023 color of the year, Raspberry Blush, is a lively shade of pinkish coral, while Sherwin William is embracing warm neutrals with Redend Point, a blushing beige.9,10 Behr’s choice of the year, Blank Canvas, is a creamy off-white that’s a warmer version of the stark whites that have been trending over the past few years.11
If you’re planning to put your home on the market soon, it’s better to play on the safer side and avoid extremely bold or bright color choices in paint or fixed finishes like tile and countertops. Instead, try incorporating pops of color through throw pillows, art, and accessories.
5. Curved Furniture and Architectural Accents
Goodbye, sharp corners. In 2023, arches and curves lend a sleek feel that draws on classical design and retro trends while remaining modern.5,8 Rounded corners feel more relaxed and natural than sharp edges, lending more of a sense of flow and comfort to a home.
If you want to incorporate the trend into your new build or remodeling plans, curved kitchen islands and bars and arched alcoves are all good options. Of course, if your budget permits, you may also opt for the amazing ambiance offered by arched windows and doorways. Then you may wish to carry this trend through to your light fixtures by incorporating a bubble chandelier or globe pendants.
You can easily embrace this look without major renovations by looking for a softer feel in furniture. Simply choose sofas, chairs and tables that showcase curved edges. Then break up your space with arched folding screens or circular rugs.
6. Art Deco Revival
Art Deco, the architecture and design style that took hold in the 1920s, ’30s and 50s, is enjoying a resurgence.12
As a style, Art Deco is marked by bold geometry, textures, and colors, as well as an emphasis on art. But the 2023 interpretation of this style is likely to be a bit less splashy than its historical roots would suggest. Therefore, designers predict that instead of incorporating all of the elements of the style, which could be overwhelming, homeowners will pick bursts of color or bold accessories to bring some whimsy to their spaces.
Keep an eye out for vintage mirrors, lamps, or vases that bring a touch of Art Deco glam to your home, or embrace bold colors and fabrics like velvet. Choose pillows and throw blankets in bright colors and geometric patterns to incorporate a touch of art deco without diving in all the way.
DESIGNED TO SELL
Are you thinking about remodeling or making significant design changes to your home? Wondering how those changes might impact your future resale value?
Buyer preferences vary significantly by your home’s neighborhood and price range. We’re happy to share our insights into Ocala home decor updates that translate into value when you decide to sell. Give us a call for a free consultation!
“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
William Morris, designer, philosopher, political theorist – 1834-1896
A home is a safe haven. Its function must be to provide the spaces that will optimize your life within it. In today’s world, a home must provide spaces to share with family, to entertain friends, to work productively and to simply sit quietly and undisturbed while counting your blessings. Think of these concepts and ask yourself: Where will I do each of these things? Your answer will serve as a framework for deciding if a home is the right one for you!
Andrew Kruglanski, MBA, ABD, Broker
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