Embracing Summer with artterra: Interior Design Trends and Refreshing Decor for 2023

Embracing Summer with artterra: Interior Design Trends and Refreshing Decor for 2023

Summer is here and it's time to embrace the latest interior design trends for 2023! Get ready to transform your interior and outdoor spaces into stylish and inviting havens with delightful summer decor that captures the essence of the season.

At artterra, we believe that art and design go hand in hand, allowing us to express our creativity and reflect our unique personalities. As we navigate the ever-evolving world of interior design, we are here to guide you through the exciting trends that will shape the upcoming summer season.

In this article, we will explore the hottest interior design trends for 2023, and summer decor to ensure you stay ahead of the curve. From trendy colours to captivating decor ideas, we will provide inspiration and practical tips to help you create interior design projects that exude modern style and embrace the spirit of the contemporary summer.

Wooden interior space with wall art "When Joy Visits" by Krista Powers.

"When Joy Visits" by artterra artist, Krista Powers

Whether you're seeking a serene and soothing atmosphere with blues and neutrals, or you're ready to make a statement with rich jewel tones, our curated selection of trends will ignite your creativity and empower you to transform your living spaces into stunning showcases of design.

Join us on this journey as we delve into the vibrant world of 2023 summer decor, exploring nature-inspired elements, warm metallic finishes, bold prints and the freshest colour palettes for 2023. Let artterra be your guide to curating a space that not only reflects the year-round latest trends but also tells your unique story through art and design.

Interior Design Trends for 2023

Now that we are entering the second half of the year 2023, we can look back at the exciting interior design ideas and trends that will continue to rise and shape our built environments. These Interior Design trends not only affect how we designed our spaces but also parallel the many contemporary themes seen in artterra art pieces! We have explored some of these topics at the beginning of the year, and highly recommend looking through our blog page to learn more about each topic:

Biophilic Design & Sustainable Materials

White Interior Space with Indoor trees and wood, surrounding a small fire pit. This photo was used in artterra's blog Creating an Eco-Friendly Design

Biophilic design continues to thrive in 2023, emphasizing the connection between humans and nature. Incorporate natural elements such as indoor flowering plants, natural light, and organic textures to create a harmonious and calming environment.

eco sculpture by Artterra artist Sandra Veillette.

Eco sculpture by Artterra artist Sandra Veillette. The sculpture is made from the raw materials provided by nature, such as wood, roots, bones, mushrooms, and wasps' nests.

Sustainability remains a significant focus in interior decor for 2023. Choose furniture and accessories made from eco-friendly materials such as reclaimed wood, recycled plastics, and organic fabrics. Embrace vintage and upcycled pieces that add character while reducing environmental impact.

Curved and Organic Shapes

Stage Design with multiple offset arches and a round platform

Say goodbye to sharp edges and embrace the fluidity of curved and organic shapes. From curved sofas to rounded coffee tables, these design elements add a fresh air of softness and elegance to any space, creating a more inviting and relaxed atmosphere.

Blue Flow - art by artist from Canada Erica Mattson

"Through mediums like drawing, printmaking, and painting I explore simple lines and shapes using colours and forms found in the natural world. I draw inspiration from plants and the unrushed work of nature and use slow, repetitive, meditative processes like printmaking, accumulation drawing, and slow painting to explore botanical, abstract, and geometric forms." - artterra artist Erica Mattson discussing her process in her art piece, "blue flow"

Global Influences

Celebrate diversity and embrace global influences in your decorating. Incorporate elements such as Moroccan rugs, African textiles, or Asian-inspired patterns to add depth and cultural richness to your space.

Sharon Habib's artwork celebrates complexity and simplicity, mirroring the diverse and unique elements found in global influences.

Harvest Moon 1 - art by artist from Canada Sharon Habib

"When I look at these paintings I can see the influence of growing up in South Africa. The pattern combining with the earthiness... are very resonating with Africa for me." - Sharon HABIB DISCUSSING HER ART PIECES, "hARVEST MOON 1"

We plan to explore more cultures and their interior design styles in our newest blog series "Culture Scheme". Check our first Culture Scheme blog that discusses the incredible worldview found in Indigenous Design in "Culture Scheme: Indigenous Design".

Colourful Beach house with artwork by Jessica Somers

"Mischievous Beauties" by Jessica Somers

Interior Design Trends for Summer 2023

As we gear up for the summer months of 2023, it's time to explore the exciting interior design trends that will shape our living spaces. From nature-inspired elements to bold colour choices and lighter fabrics, these trends will infuse your home with a fresh and vibrant atmosphere.

Warm Neutrals and Earthy Tones

White shelf and vase featuring artterra artist, Danielle Petti's "Stardust 3"

Art piece "Stardust 3" by artterra artist, Danielle Petti - An exo-planet dreamscape. Large particle sizes emulate galaxy clusters

Warm neutrals and earthy tones take center stage in 2023. Embrace shades like sandy beige, terracotta, and deep ochre to create a cozy and grounded ambiance. These colours evoke a connection to nature and perfectly complement the summer season.

Artisanal Crafts

Roots - art by artist from Canada Szende Tunderligeti

"Roots" by artist Szende Tunderlgeti - "The intricate lines and patterns are reminiscent of the stitching and weaving found in traditional carpets and textiles. By allowing the natural wood grain to show through the painted patterns, I sought to capture the resourceful way of life that my family lived. This piece is a testament to their enduring creativity and ingenuity."

Handcrafted elements continue to make a statement in 2023. Embrace unique and artisanal pieces that showcase intricate detailing and craftsmanship. Think of handmade ceramics, woven wall hangings, and embroidered textiles. These items add character and authenticity to your space.

Statement Lighting

Lighting summer decor for seasonal decorating

Make a bold statement with lighting fixtures in 2023. Choose oversized pendant lights or sculptural floor lamps that serve as functional art pieces. These eye-catching designs will become the focal point of any room.

Nature-Inspired Elements

Navicula Diatom - art by artist from Canada Gina Jacklin

"Navicula Diatom" by arterra artist, Gina Jacklin - "My wall sculptures unveil the forms and textures of plant structures as seen from a microscope, but through clay, and in sculptural form. I am captivated by the process of translating two-dimensional micrograph renderings, into three-dimensional objects that resemble prehistoric impressions of preserved organisms and which strive to capture a glimpse of a Grand creation event or prehistoric moment in time."

Bringing the outdoors in is a prevailing trend for your interior projects in 2023. Embrace natural materials such as rattan, jute, and bamboo to create a sense of organic beauty within your space. Incorporate indoor plants and botanical prints to bring a refreshing and calming vibe.

Vibrant Accents

Pattern Mixing Series (green shape) - art by artist from Canada Rachael Ashe - artterra online art gallery - Buy art of Canada Online - We ship to USA and Canada

Pattern Mixing (green shape) by Canadian artist Rachael Ashe

Inject pops of vibrant colours into your decor for a playful and energetic feel. Think citrus shades like lemon yellow, tangerine, or lime green. Use these colours in accessories, artwork, or upholstery to create a lively and uplifting atmosphere.

Trendy Colors for 2023

Serene Blues


Serene and sky blues Living space with art pieces by Mardell Hampton

Beautiful blue art pieces by Mardell Rampton

In 2023, serene shades of blue will take center stage. From soft pastels reminiscent of warm weather and clear summer skies to deep navy tones, these blues evoke a sense of tranquillity and harmony, bringing a soothing ambiance to any room.

Warm Neutrals

Warm Interior Space with summer decor and art piece "Daughter" by Rachel Marie

"Daughter" by artterra artist Rachel Marie

Embrace warm neutrals as they make a comeback in 2023. Opt for creamy beiges, soft taupes, and warm greiges to create a cozy and inviting backdrop for your decor. These earthy tones offer versatility and timeless elegance.

Nature-Inspired Greens


Green dining room with warmer weather outside. Art pieces by Marianne Nielsen are hanging on the wall.

Art pieces by Marianne Nielsen - Each piece was inspired by the change of seasons from summer to fall.

Nature-inspired greens continue to flourish in 2023. Incorporate vibrant emerald greens or muted sage tones to bring the refreshing energy of the outdoors into your interior design projects. These shades foster a sense of serenity and a deep connection to nature.

Dusty Pinks

summer home tour with a pink wall hanging "The other world is found inside this one" by Kateryna Kobylianska

"The other world is found inside this one" by Kateryna Kobylianska

Soft and muted pinks, often referred to as dusty pinks or blush tones, remain popular in 2023. These delicate hues add an air of sophistication and elegance to your space. Use them as accent colours through pillows, artwork, or decorative accessories.

Rich Jewel Tones

The Tazzina collection by Creative Director and artterra artist, Maria Gavrilova

The Tazzina collection by Creative Director and artterra artist, Maria Gavrilova

Make a bold statement with rich jewel tones that exude opulence and depth. Deep emerald greens, regal purples, and luxurious sapphire blues create a sense of luxury and grandeur, infusing your space with drama and richness.

Summer Decor Ideas

Elevate your living spaces with refreshing summer decor that captures the essence of the season. Embrace summery feeling with these inspiring ideas to create a vibrant and inviting summer entertaining atmosphere.

Light and Breezy

"Called by Earth and Sea" by artist Melodie Mui

"Called by Earth and Sea" by artist Melodie Mui

Infuse your interior decorating projects with a light and breezy ambiance. Opt for a colour palette of whites, pastels, and cool blues to evoke a fresh and airy feel. Choose sheer curtains to allow natural light to flood the room, and opt for lightweight fabrics for furniture and linens.

Nature-Inspired Accents

Original Photogram / Wildflowers 02 - art by artist from Canada Florigin

"Original Photogram/Wildflower 02" by artterra artist Florigin

Bring the outdoors in by incorporating nature-inspired accents. Display potted plants, arrange floral bouquets, and use natural materials like woven baskets or driftwood as decorative elements. These additions will infuse your space with a sense of vitality and relaxation.

Vibrant Summer Colors

The Peaceful Path - art by artist from Canada Marissa Creative Arts.

"The Peaceful Path" by Marissa Creative Arts

Inject vibrant pops of summer colours into your other summer decorating ideas. Add colourful throw pillows, vibrant rugs, or eye-catching artwork to enliven your space. Opt for shades like coral, turquoise, or sunny yellow to create an energetic and joyful atmosphere.

Outdoor Oasis

"Sand" and "Honey Harbour" by Sophie Yeh Chau

"Sand" and "Honey Harbour" by Sophie Yeh Chau

Extend your living space to the outdoors by creating a cozy and inviting outdoor oasis. Arrange comfortable seating with plush cushions, add outdoor rugs for a touch of warmth, and hang string lights or lanterns to create a magical garden ambiance during summer evenings.

Coastal-Inspired Elements

Ningaloo from Above - art by artist from Canada Laurie J Cochrane in a coastal style living room

Ningaloo from Above - art by artist from Canada Laurie J Cochrane

Embrace a coastal vibe with nautical-inspired decor. Incorporate shades of blue and white, striped patterns, and seashell or driftwood accents. Hang artwork depicting beach scenes, and incorporate lightweight fabrics with a relaxed and beachy feel into table decor.

Summer-y Scents


Fresh flowers in a living space with warm colours and summer decorating.

Enhance the atmosphere of the outdoor space with summery scents and beautiful flowers. Use scented candles, diffusers, or fresh flowers to infuse your space with fragrances like citrus, lavender, or tropical blooms.

Maximize Natural Light

best summer light and shadows

Make the most of longer daylight hours by maximizing natural light in your interior spaces. Remove heavy drapes or blinds and opt for sheer curtains or blinds that can be easily adjusted to allow ample sunlight in. Rearrange furniture to optimize natural light flow and create a bright and welcoming atmosphere.

By incorporating these summer decor ideas, you can transform your living spaces into vibrant and inviting havens that perfectly capture the spirit of the season. Embrace the light and breezy, relaxed summer aesthetics, bring nature indoors, add pops of vibrant colours, create an outdoor oasis, and infuse your space with coastal-inspired elements for a truly refreshing and delightful summer experience.

The Next Big Design Trend for 2023

Google home nest used in living room

Looking ahead to 2023, one design trend stands out as the next big thing—the seamless integration of technology into our living spaces. As we continue to embrace the digital age, smart home technology is set to revolutionize the way we interact with our environments.

The Next Big Design Trend for 2023 is the convergence of technology and design, creating residential projects that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, efficient, and seamlessly connected. Smart home integration is no longer limited to voice-controlled devices or automated lighting; it has evolved to encompass every aspect of our daily lives.

Purple room with hanging "New Day" by Founder and artterra artist - Parisa Golchoubian

"New Day" by Parisa Golchoubian

Imagine a home where you can control the temperature, lighting, and security systems with a simple voice command. Picture a space where appliances anticipate your needs and adjust accordingly. These advancements in technology are transforming our residential projects into intelligent and intuitive spaces.


Metamosphosis Mandala collection by Lorna Livey above an office desk

Metamorphosis Mandala collection by Lorna Livey

In 2023, expect to see more residential projects equipped with integrated smart systems that effortlessly communicate with each other. From smart thermostats that learn your temperature preferences to refrigerators that suggest recipes based on the items inside, our homes are becoming more intuitive and responsive to our lifestyles.

Designers and manufacturers are also focusing on creating smart furniture and decor. From multifunctional pieces and light fixtures that adapt to our needs to furniture with built-in charging capabilities, technology is seamlessly blending with design aesthetics, creating innovative and stylish solutions.

The next big design trend for 2023 revolves around the symbiotic relationship between technology and design. The integration of smart home features allows us to live more efficiently, comfortably, and sustainably. Embrace this trend by exploring the latest smart home technologies and incorporating them into your own living room spaces. Design a home that not only reflects your style but also embraces the future of intelligent living.

Get ready to witness the revolution of technology in design as we usher in a new era of smart homes that elevate our living experience to unprecedented levels of convenience and sophistication.


Summer days and summer months in living space guest bedroom looking outside.

As we conclude our exploration of the interior design and decor trends for summer 2023, we're excited by the possibilities they offer to refresh and revitalize our living spaces. From vibrant summer decorating ideas to trendy colours and the integration of technology, these trends allow us to create stylish and inviting interior spaces.

Embrace the power of personal expression and let your creativity flourish as you transform your space into a haven that reflects your unique style and brings joy to your everyday life. Explore the online art gallery at Artterra, where emerging artists in Canada share their stories through their art. With these trends as your guide, infuse your next interior design projects with the essence of summer and make it a place where you can relax and thrive.

Interior Designer summer decorating ideas with "Sensuality and Sexuality SP4" by Aly McDonald

"Sensuality and Sexuality SP4" by Aly McDonald

Embrace the possibilities, mix and match, and create a fresh look in a space that truly speaks to you. So, go ahead and embark on this exciting journey of transforming your living spaces with the trends of summer 2023.


Megan Barrientos is a multidisciplinary designer and grad student pursuing her Masters degree in Architecture. Prior to her enrolment, Megan graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design and worked with several Designers in art installations, exhibition, office, and retail design projects. She is now working with artterra in writing newsletters and blog posts for Interior Designers.

Whether it's websites, graphics, animation, furniture, or spaces, Megan loves to design projects that tell new or untold stories. She gets most excited on projects that discuss cultural preservation, heritage, and community engagement.

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