2023 Surface Trends

As 2022 draws to a close, we look ahead to see how our lives might be shaped as we go forward. Having settled firmly into our new version of reality, it’s interesting to explore how our life and living choices may have changed and continue to change – from design, fashion, lifestyle or cultural decisions. Have our interior design choices changed forever? Will we turn back to old favourites and habits or continue with our new ways?

The owner of this cabin wanted a kitchen in solid oak wood with a worktop in natural stone; Lundhs Antique. Photo: Ellen Sorbe.

Photo by: Ellen Sorbe. Interior Architects: A-form, Architects: LundHagem

Considered choices and investment pieces certainly appear to be at the forefront of all design decisions, whilst eco-consciousness takes a stronger hold than ever before. From surface textures to colour palettes, here, we take a look at some of the key surface trends set to dominate in 2023.

Warmer Tones

For years, we have experienced a huge popularity in dark colours, particularly when it comes to kitchen cabinetry and surfaces. Consumers and designers have favoured black interiors and details over the whites of the previous decades, and for years our most popular stone choice has been Lundhs Emerald. However, we have recently noticed a sharp shift and increase in the popularity of Lundhs Antique – our more earthy, brown-toned natural stone.

Teamed with natural wood grains, warm neutral colour palettes and nature-inspired details, we expect the demand for warmer surface colourways and finishes to continue to rise throughout next year, especially as homeowners and designers seek to create more inviting and more laid-back, welcoming interior schemes.

Ellen Sorbe. Interior Architects: A-form, Architects: LundHagem

Mixing Old & New

Whilst not a new trend, mixing the old and new will continue to prevail throughout 2023, with modern fixtures, fittings and styles being integrated into more traditional properties. Think exposed brick walls and period-style details teamed with contemporary cabinetry and accents. Modern kitchens in particular – with sleek cabinetry, smooth surfaces and modern brassware – are being incorporated into farmhouse or period properties, where original features such as rustic wood accents, panelling and historic architectural details are still celebrated and remain as focal points

Picture of dark kitchen cabinetry and natural stone worktop

Photo by: Lundhs / Morten Rakke

Minimal Rustic

Minimalism has undergone a number of different interpretations over the years, with slight tweaks here and there of different versions of what minimalism could be. As we move into an era of ‘New Minimalism’ we find that people are placing the most importance on value – decluttering yes, but ensuring that anything that remains holds true meaning; helping you find clarity in your home.

This desire to declutter our homes and create an aesthetic that helps us relax and unwind will remain an important factor in design for the next year and beyond. A rustic, more ‘real life’ touch to minimalism creates a more lived-in and welcoming feel, and one where we can feel at ease with a minimal space but with the added warmth of personal details and character.

Natural stone has a wonderfully smooth appearance, ensuring a scheme doesn’t look too busy, allowing the finished space to exude luxury without being overpowered by too much colour or pattern, but instead subtle, sophisticated detailing. Perfect for bathrooms and kitchens where minimalism is key but warmth is also of high importance.

Matte & Structured Textures

Linked in some ways to the desire for more inviting and comforting spaces, matte and structured textures have taken over high-gloss, shiny surfaces and this will continue to be the case for the next year. Whilst homeowners are wanting to make a luxurious statement in their living spaces, the trend for creating a more lived-in feel means that design choices have become increasingly tactile.

Surfaces like natural stone offer a luxurious yet pared-back appearance, meaning requirements for both design and aesthetic can be met with ease. Our collection of natural stones is available in two different matte finishes, either a smooth or textured finish, offering our customers options for their kitchen or bathroom surfaces.

Photo by: Morten Rakke

Written by Janne Magnussen

Last edited 3 Nov 2022