AW23 interiors trends you will love

The Autumn Winter 2023 season is fast approaching. Are you looking forward to cosy nights in?

Creamy shades of brown and the chequerboard tile style are making a comeback. For a cocooning feeling with a glam twist, we’re also embracing rich hues of dark blue – they look best when paired with terracotta tones and folk-inspired décor. And, if you love the less is more approach, the quiet luxury trend is on the rise.

Let’s explore four of our favourite AW23 interiors trends…

Rich navy

When September rolls around, we tend to naturally lean towards darker, more comforting hues. We’re leaving bright, ocean tones behind and we’re embracing deeper shades of rich navy and royal blue.

These shades are timeless and complement a range of kitchen styles, from classic to contemporary. Brass finishes work particularly well with rich navy – think aged taps, golden handles and polished light fixtures. Marble surfaces and white Butler sinks are ideal for finishing this look.

As for living and entertaining spaces, patterned lampshades placed next to striped, chunky furniture, along with folk-inspired décor can help you achieve a sophisticated scheme.

Living room with blue wall panelling, fireplace, modern rustic accessories and tall lamp
Tarma armchair, £1695; Damu rattan stool, £225, and Ocellus cushion cover, £75, Oka. Available from September.

Browns are making a comeback this AW23 season

Hear us out – if you’re thinking about the brown shades of the 1970s, don’t. We’re talking creamy colours you want to wrap your entire home in. From dark espresso and deep chocolate to luxurious tan and roasted chestnut, these tones are synonymous with comfort and cosiness.

These moody shades are the ideal backdrop for both a bubbly soak and a relaxing night’s sleep. Welcome browns through painted tubs, clay-coloured pedestal basins, textured towels and tufted rugs in your master suite.

Brown bathroom Autumn Winter 2023 trend
Inbani Arc88 freestanding basin in Arcilla UHS colour, £4397.77, West One Bathrooms.

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This September, paint company Little Greene is launching a new colour palette titled Sweet Treats, resurrecting the beauty of browns. Picture neutral shades of honey, caramel and chocolate – delicious, right? “These cosy, versatile neutrals are perfect for creating captivating, indulgent and inviting spaces,” says Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene.

“The rich and indulgent mid brown ‘Affogato’ from the Sweet Treats collection perfectly combines the rich warmth of coffee with the gentle sweetness of vanilla hues to create a cocooning and comforting colour for a dining room, pair with dark brown Chocolate Colour or soft, off black Lamp Black to create a captivating, sophisticated scheme,” says Ruth.

Autumn Winter 2023 trends: living room with brown accents
Affogato 342 and Slaked Lime – Mid 149, £59.50 for 2.5 litres of Intelligent Matt Emulsion, Little Greene. Launching in September.

Chequered walls and floors

The chequered tile style is a chic way of giving your kitchen or bathroom a bit of TLC. And this mix and match of square, monochrome tiles is claiming its spot as one of the popular trends this year.

Are you updating a Victorian house? You could opt for rustic chequerboard flooring that looks as if it has aged with the property. Or why not choose marble tiles with striking veining to put a glam twist on your kitchen or bathroom?

dark kitchen design with chequerboard flooring
Long Island tumbled marble, from £90.90 per sq m, and Kendal tumbled marble, from £90 per sq m, Ca’ Pietra.

However, we’re not only focusing on floors this season. We’re going all out and splashing this tile pattern on the walls, too.

Black and white is a classic choice, but we particularly love how good dark red looks when paired with off-white. Play around with different colour palettes to find the dream combination that best suits your scheme.

green kitchen with chequerboard wall tiles in red and cream
Kromatic Wine and Canvas tiles, £99.81 per sq m each, Claybrook.

The quiet luxury trend

Last but definitely not least, this AW23 season, less is more. Pare back your scheme and focus on the quality of materials and fabrics. Rather than adding a large quantity of pieces and décor in your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, opt for timeless products that will last you for years. This could be a chic coffee table with a marble top, handcrafted armchairs or artisan decorations, for example.

wood kitchen with marble oozing the quiet luxury trend
Highgate walnut cabinetry with white marble worktops, price on application, Naked Kitchens.

If you love neutrals, this AW23 interiors trend is for you. But how can you take it up a notch? “Elevate a neutral scheme with layers of texture and a captivating base colour that’s timelessly stylish. Understated and refined, this calming look is oh-so-subtle but never boring,” advises Helen Shaw, director of international marketing at Benjamin Moore. “Dark woods, tactile bouclé textiles and sleek stone surfaces such as marble and quartz complete this luxurious look.”

Autumn Winter 2023 trend: the quiet luxury room with boucle armchair and fireplace
Hazy Skies and Sebring White paint, from £20 per 0.94 litres, by Benjamin Moore. Lamp, £109, from Lights & Lamps; armchair, £1610, from, and side table, £1065, from King Living.

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